A Touch of Tranquility - The Ireland of Phil Coulter

 
9781566330923: A Touch of Tranquility - The Ireland of Phil Coulter

Song list:

1. Danny Boy
2. Carrickfergus
3. Meeting of the Waters/Rose of Mooncoin
4. My Lagan Love
5. From Clare to Here (with Ralph McTell)
6. The Green Glens of Antrim
7. Raglan Road
8. The Town I Loved So Well
9. I'll Tell Me Ma
10. Love Thee Dearest
11. The Sally Gardens
12. The Water Is Wide (with Maura O'Connell)
13. Spinning Wheel
14. The Fields of Athenry
15. The Emigrants Letter
16. Steal Away

A Touch of Tranquility was filmed live at a series of concerts by Phil Coulter and his young orchestra in one of Ireland's most magical theatres, the Grand Opera House Belfast. Guesting on the shows were Ralph McTell, world renowned for his song "The Streets of London," and leading Irish chanteuse and Grammy Award nominee Maura O'Connell. Listen to Phil's unmistakable versions of some of your favorite songs as you follow the cameras in a journey through Ireland to the places they recall. Travel by land, sea, and air from the Green Glens of Antrim to the coast of Clare, from the banks of the Liffey to the hills of Donegal, from the lakes of Killarney to the streets of Derry. This really is the trip of a lifetime, so don't miss it. 61 minutes.

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Review:

Popular Irish musician Phil Coulter, who is perhaps best known for writing the song "The Town I Loved So Well," appears onstage to perform a mostly instrumental program with his own small orchestra in performances filmed at Belfast's Grand Opera House. Coulter is a capable pianist, and the individual songs, which include such Irish folk standards as "Danny Boy," "I'll Tell Me Ma," and "Carrickfergus," often sound quite beautiful when performed along with the string section of the orchestra. And the stunning scenes of the Irish countryside that accompany the musical selections do live up to the "touch of tranquility" in the title. Yet instrumental versions of some of this material can seem puzzling, especially for songs such as "Fields of Athenry," the lyrics of which tell an evocative story from the famine, or "Raglan Road," which boasts lyrics written by the great Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh. In fairness, Coulter does bring out songwriter Ralph McTell to sing "From Clare to Here," and Maura O'Connell sings a stirring version of the old folksong "The Water Is Wide." And Coulter himself sings "The Town I Loved So Well," which is presented as something of a music video, with scenes of a young boy kicking a soccer ball in Derry intercut with scenes of Coulter walking through the city at the peak of the sectarian troubles referred to in the song. This is a very professional production, but the familiar folksongs performed without vocals may well be a disappointment to some viewers. --Robert J. McNamara

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