Coulter really excited by ‘one off’ Derry concerts

Phil Coulter, who performed at the launch of the Derry~Londonderry City of Culture  Programme Preview Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 30.5.12
Phil Coulter, who performed at the launch of the Derry~Londonderry City of Culture Programme Preview Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 30.5.12

Songwriting legend Phil Coulter says he’s bowled over by Derry’s new-found “can-do” attitude.

The Derry-born musician is back in town for two “one off” concerts at The Venue in Ebrington on June 14 and 15.

He’ll be joined by a host of special guests - including The Priests, Moya Brennan, Ralph McTell, Damian McGinty and Codetta - and the glorious sounds of the Ulster Orchestra.

The maestro himself says he’s “really excited” at the prospect of playing again in his home town - although does admit to “some nerves.”

“It’s always fantastic coming back to play in Derry,” he says, “but, by the same token, because it’s my hometown, there’s a little bit of trepidation, too. I don’t know why but you’re just that little bit more anxious to please.”

By Coulter’s own admission, the forthcoming Derry gigs are the biggest and most ambitious concerts he’s ever performed in his hometown.

During his illustrious career, Phil Coulter has played with some of the most prestigious orchestras in the world and performed in iconic venues like Carnegie Hall in New York and the Budokhan in Tokyo - but next week’s Derry gigs are, he says, “very special.”

“I’m genuinely thrilled to have the chance to bring my music home on such a grand scale and to share the stage with the magnificent Ulster Orchestra in such a unique location.

“It’s going to be one of the highlights of my career so I’ve invited some of the stars that I’ve worked with through the years to join me.

“It’s going to be a real ‘one-off’, never to be repeated. I can hardly wait!”

Coulter - the man behind such hits as ‘Puppet on a String’, ‘Congratulations’, “The Town I Loved So Well” and a string of Bay City Rollers’ numbers in the 1970s - hopes next week’s gigs will be one of the highlights of Derry’s culture year celebrations.

“It’s been an amazing year so far,” he told the ‘Journal’. “Some of the events have been truly iconic and there’s so much more to come.

“It’s great that Derry is hosting events on this scale and I have to say that, during my last few visits home, I’ve sensed a new can-do attitude in the city. Derry people are now saying, ‘bring it on, we can do this.”

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