Celtic Crossings promises an evening of Celtic tranquility with the great songs of Phil Coulter sung by the magnificent voice of Andy Cooney, with special guests Geraldine Branagan, and the Irish Pop Ensemble.
PHIL COULTER is known 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. Phil met Bill Martin in 1965, and a successful song writing team was born that lasted more than fifteen years. Their Puppet on a String was covered over 100 times, Congratulations was written for Cliff Richard, pop music giant Elvis Presley recorded My Boy, and country legend Bill Anderson recorded Thanks. But their big break came in 1976 when Clive Davis, the head of Artisa Records, took the Bay City Rollers to #1 on the Billboard Charts with Saturday Night, written and produced by Martin and Coulter.
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 richly deserves. Andy’s first break came in 1986 from the well known New York based Irish band leader Paddy Noonan. They recorded several albums together and made famous the ever popular Irish Wedding Song. Andy recorded his first PBS TV special in 2006, An Evening of Irish Classics, a production that featured Andy’s Irish band along with The Nashville String Machine. It aired in 40 different markets throughout the U.S. and Canada.
GERALDINE BRANAGAN with her trademark mane of blonde hair and dazzling smile, was one of the most glamorous stars in the 1980’s. With hit records in Ireland, number one albums in South Africa, she was the first to entertain the Irish troops in Lebanon, and represented Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest; Geraldine took them all in her stride, pausing only to be regularly photographer for the covers of glossy magazines.