MEMBERS of the National Ukrainian Choir and Phil Coulter join up to give Phil’s ‘Steal Away’ a fresh take by translating it into Ukrainian. Photo: Marc O’Sullivan

Bono, Sinéad and Bill on Phil’s Galway concert

Master songwriter showing no signs of letting up

WHEN Phil Coulter plays Galway’s Town Hall next month he will be interspersing new tunes with his hits – and he will have Bono, Bill Clinton, the late Sinéad O’Connor, and even a recent family wedding as part of the show on a big screen as background film clips.

The veteran international entertainer and songwriter will be in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre on Sunday December 10 and, at 81, he told The Tuam Herald he has “no thoughts of retiring” and is keeping his new Four Score and Then show “fresh and different”.

Perhaps Phil’s diversity through the decades is why his music is as relevant as ever. Even when Bono and U2 were wooing the crowds in Las Vegas this autumn they launched into one of Phil’s relatively recent compositions, Ireland’s Call, to rapturous applause.

Their film clip of that got a sensational reaction on TV in the States and it will now be part of an elaborate backdrop for his Galway concert. Entertainers as diverse as Cliff Richard, Congratulations; Sinéad O’Connor, Universal Mother; Elvis’s last US hit, My Boy; The Dubliners’ and Paddy Reilly’s The Town I Loved So Well, plus countless others have all been Coulter creations...

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