Coulter brings his songs and memories back to the Forum

Phil Coulter who has endorsed the Derry-Londonderry 2013 UK City of Culture Bid. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.5.10

Phil Coulter who has endorsed the Derry-Londonderry 2013 UK City of Culture Bid. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 1.5.10

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Derry’s own Phil Coulter returns to his native city later this month for a special concert in the Millennium Forum which looks back at his spectacular career in music over the past 45 years.

The show will feature rarely-seen clips of some of the outstanding artists he’s worked with, from Sandie Shaw winning the Eurovision back in 1967 to the great Luke Kelly of the Dubliners, Van Morrison, Billy Connolly and lots more.

Joining Phil on stage will be his wife Geraldine Brannigan, who has international hits to her credit; Castlederg starlet Chloe Coyle, who won the All-Ireland Talent Show two years ago aged just 12; and regular collaborator, the Tyrone fiddle player and pianist Plunkett McGartland.

The concert at the Forum is on Sunday 29th April and is part of a nine-date tour which takes in theatres across the North.

Phil says he’s using the show to take an affectionate look back over the years, the songs he’s written, the records he’s produced and the characters he’s met.

“Of course I’ll be doing the songs that people expect - The Town I Love So Well, Scorn Not His Simplicity, Ireland’s Call and the others. It’s a more intimate show, and that’s possible now because of the network of excellent theatres now in this part of the world. I couldn’t have done this a few years ago. I’ve turned up some brilliant stuff from the archives, which will be a fantastic bonus for audiences here and elsewhere.”

Phil was on a visit to Derry this week, appearing on the Gerry Anderson Show and being interviewed by the Derry Journal for an article which will appear next Friday. Staying at the City Hotel, he popped out with friends to catch Gay McIntyre at the Rocking Chair on Tuesday night.

On his first visit since the opening of the peace bridge, he said he’s been really struck at how the city has changed over the years.

“I was looking out of the hotel room this morning, and the Foyle was glowing in the morning sunlight, and you had the Hume Bridge, and the new peace bridge and it was all looking fantastic. For years we turned our backs on the river but that’s changing. Now I’ve been all around the world and I come back to Derry and think this city has got a lot going for it.”