Phil Coulter

Biography

Born: February, 1942; Derry, Northern Ireland  
Composer, producer and performer Phil Coulter was the reigning king of contemporary Celtic music, becoming the best-selling Irish artist of his generation. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland in 1942, Coulter began his career while studying music at Belfast's Queens University, writing the Capitol Showband's 1963 hit "Foolin' Time" and later penning the ensemble's 1965 Eurovision Song Contest entry "Walking the Streets in the Rain." Other notable Read more compositions of the era include Twinkle's 1964 smash "Terry" and Them's oft-covered garage-rock classic "I Can Only Give You Everything." Still, Coulter enjoyed his greatest success as a writer after teaming up with collaborator Bill Martin; together they authored some of the biggest pop hits of the period, including Sandie Shaw's Eurovision-winning "Puppet on a String" and Cliff Richard's "Congratulations." Despite his pop success, he remained drawn to the Irish folk of his youth, working with acts including the Dubliners, Planxty and the Furey Brothers while concurrently writing a series of hits for the Bay City Rollers. After his partnership with Martin ended during the late '70s, Coulter turned increasingly to performing, and in 1983 issued his solo debut Classic Tranquility; its meditative, lushly-orchestrated renditions of traditional Celtic favorites immediately scored with Irish audiences, and on the strength of subsequent efforts including 1984's Sea of Tranquility and 1985's Phil Coulter's Ireland, he emerged as the country's best-selling artist. Later material including 1990's Words and Music, 1993's Recollections and 2000's Highland Cathedral introduced Coulter to a growing international audience as well. The intimate Songs I Love So Well was issued on Shanachie in early 2001. Read less
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    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 2780272 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gavin Sutherland,  Henry Russell,  Jay Ungar,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Band Of H.M. Royal Marines,  Darren Loveday,  Justin Wilman,  Alfie Boe  ... 
    Conductor:  Nick Grace,  Lee Cullen
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    Pride of the Nation / Coldstream Guards Band
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001558502 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  William Henry Monk,  Phil Coulter,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Jeff Lawson,  Jon Cohen,  Phil da Costa
    Conductor:  Graham Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Regimental Band of the Coldstream Guards
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    Out Of The Blue
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 25132 Release Date: 07/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Richard Farrelly,  Johann Pachelbel,  Unspecified  ... 
    Performer:  Gabe Perdomo,  Tom "Bones" Malone,  Charlie Torres,  Ivan Bodley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pipes and Drums of the NYPD Emerald Society
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    Remember Me / Celtic Tenors
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80667 Release Date: 02/28/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lucio Dalla,  Russell Hitchcock,  Traditional,  Ronan Hardiman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Celtic Tenors
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    So Strong / The Celtic Tenors
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57284 Release Date: 07/30/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ennio Morricone,  Paul McCartney,  Freddie Mercury,  Colin Mawby  ... 
    Performer:  Ronan Browne
    Conductor:  Nick Ingman,  Mike Moran
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Celtic Tenors,  Vard Sisters,  Orchestra
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    James Galway - Music For My Little Friends
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63725 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Phil Coulter,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Phillip Moll,  James Galway
    Conductor:  James Galway
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Mozart Players
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    The Celtic Tenors
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 557048 Release Date: 01/01/1980  
    Composer:  David Mallet,  Traditional,  Dougie MacLean,  Jimmy Rankin  ... 
    Performer:  Bill Butt,  Therese Timoney,  Anne-Marie O'Farrell
    Conductor:  Frank Gallagher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Celtic Tenors,  Irish Film Orchestra
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