Phil Coulter celebrates fifty years as a professional musician this year. His name is revered amongst his peers, and his music has fans around the globe. From a humble working class family in Derry in the North of Ireland, Phil achieved success beyond any thing he had ever anticipated as a young boy, struggling to master the piano.
“I hated the piano! I hated having to practice, I hated scales, I hated arpeggios but most of all I hated my piano teacher,” Coulter remembers.
Over forty years ago, a young family band came together to sing the local pub in County Donegal, owned by Moya and Enya Brennan’s father. Clannad’s sound was essentially Irish, underscored by the fact that they also sang in Gaelic. The native language was extensively spoken in North Western Ireland, but was considered a commercial death knell for anyone hoping to find success in the music industry. So when “The Theme From Harry’s Game,” sung exclusively in Irish, entered the British pop charts at number five, a glass ceiling shattered.
Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This week, a small French town squeals like a pig, a furious horse race runs in Italy, and an Irish town celebrates its 400th birthday.
If it looks like a pig and squeals like a pig, it might not be. Once a year, the pretty town of Trie-sur-Baïse in the high Pyrenees, France, recalls its illustrious past as the country’s largest pig market.
Each week on World Music (Saturday nights from 8-10 on KSTX 89.1 FM), I take a look at celebrations happening around the world. This weekend, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated not just in Ireland, but now around the world.
Celtic Thunder is an all male vocal group from Ireland. Admission to the group is by audition, and members come and go, usually to pursue a solo performing career. They span the spectrum from young to more mature, but they each possess and outstanding voice and stage presentation. One of them is a chartered accountant, another a bus builder and a couple of others have degrees in music.