Phil Coulter & Andy Cooney
Celtic Twilight Christmas
Celtic Twilight Christmas will present an evening of Christmas tranquility along with the great songs of Phil Coulter, sung by the magnificent voice of Andy Cooney and special guest Geraldine Branagan. Phil Coulter from Derry, Northern Ireland and Andy Cooney from New York join forces on this rare North America tour that brings two major forces in Irish Music together from two different worlds.
Moving into the 1970s, Pop Music giant, Elvis Presley recorded My Boy and Country Legend, Bill Anderson recorded Thanks. The big break came in 1976 when then head of Arista Records, Clive Davis took the Bay City Rollers to#1 on the Billboard Charts with Saturday Night written and produced by Martin and Coulter. In 1984 Coulter launched himself as an artist in his own right and began by releasing a piano led orchestral album called Classic Tranquility. His follow-up, Sea of Tranquility, became the second-best selling album of all time in Ireland. The Tranquility releases captured the heart of President Clinton which led to numerous invitations to perform at The White House. In 2007, Phil was the musical mastermind and original songwriter behind Celtic Thunder, an act which has found huge success on PBS and has regularly topped the Billboard World Music Charts. In December 2012, he completed a critically acclaimed sell-out run of his one man show The Songs I Love So Well at The Irish Repertory Theatre off Broadway. He never stops.
Phil Coulter is known by many as Ireland’s Musical Ambassador. His lyrics and melodies have captured the hearts of millions throughout the world. His career is decorated with 23 platinum discs, 39 Gold Discs, 52 Silver Discs and two Grand Prix Eurovision awards just some of his accomplishments. In 1965, he met Bill Martin and the two became established as a successful song writing team that lasted more than fifteen years, writing hit songs such as Puppet On A String that was covered over 100 times and Congratulations for Cliff Richard.
Geraldine Branagan, with her trademark mane of blonde hair and dazzing smile, was one of the most glamorous stars in the 1980’s. Hit records in Ireland, number one albums in South Africa, being the first to entertain the Irish troops in Lebanon, representing Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest: Geraldine took them all in her stride, pausing only to be regularly photographed for the covers of glossy magazines!
Andy Cooney, with his outstanding tenor voice and dynamic stage presence has captured the hearts of Irish Music lovers from coast to coast. In 1994, Andy was christened Irish America’s Favorite Son by The New York Times, a title he truly deserves. Andy’s first break came in 1986 from the well known New York based Irish band leader, Paddy Noonan. They recorded numerous albums together and made famous the ever popular Irish Wedding Song.
In 2006 Andy recorded his first PBS TV special An Evening of Irish Classics, a production show that featured Andy’s Irish band along with The Nashville String Machine. It aired in 40 different markets through the US and Canada.
Although she then swapped careers, devoting her time to her family with husband Phil Coulter, she never lost her passion for singing, her looks, or her sense of style. Some of her recent performances include The National Concert Hall in Dublin, The Cork Opera House and touring America last March. Make no mistake, Geraldine is back in the spotlight, right where she belongs.
Moving into the 1970s, Pop Music giant, Elvis Presley recorded My Boy and Country Legend, Bill Anderson recorded Thanks. The big break came in 1976 when then head of Arista Records, Clive Davis took the Bay City Rollers to#1 on the Billboard Charts with Saturday Night written and produced by Martin and Coulter.
In 2006 Andy recorded his first PBS TV special An Evening of Irish Classics, a production show that featured Andy’s Irish band along with The Nashville String Machine. It aired in 40 different markets through the US and Canada. In 2008, Andy recorded his first Symphony CD with the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin Ireland. On this release, It’ll Be Me, Andy was joined by Grammy Winning Artists, Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle and Irish Tenor, Ronan Tynan. This collaboration led to Andy Cooney’s production show, American Voices, a three-artist show featuring Andy Cooney, Larry Gatlin, and Crystal Gayle. This show toured for one year taking in 18 cities. In 2009 and 2010, Andy took the big step to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Andy Cooney headlined The Magic of Christmas, which enjoyed two decisive sell outs. In 2011 Andy formed The New York Tenors, featuring himself along with Michael Amante and Daniel Rodriguez. They have been receiving high critical acclaim wherever they perform. The New York Tenors also sold out Carnegie Hall in December 2012 and 2013. Andy has recorded 18 albums to date with his 19th release, produced by Phil Coulter and called Bright Brand New Day, will release in February 2014.250
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