International artist Phil Coulter will celebrate fifty years in the music business with a major concert in Cashel in June.
The world famous composer and singer will mark the milestone at an open air event with the iconic Rock of Cashel as a backdrop on Saturday, June 20.
It is planned to record the event for later transmission to a worldwide audience and is likely to provide a huge boost for tourism in the town and county, similar to that from the Queen’s famous visit.
Derry-born Coulter has global appeal with such pop hits as ‘Congratulations’ and ‘Puppet on a String’ and the more thoughtful ‘The Town I Loved so Well’ in tribute to his home city as well as ‘Scorn Not his Simplicity’.
Coulter also penned Ireland’s Call which has become the Irish rugby team’s all-island anthem.
He will be joined on stage by a host of top singers and groups with Clannad one of the first to announce their intention to take part.
Securing Coulter for his anniversary gig is a major coup for the newly formed Cashel music company Rocit Promotions, made up of Cashel natives June Molony, John O’Byrne and Shelagh Marshall.
The summer concert is expected to attract an audience of up to ten thousand.
Says organiser John O’Byrne - “The event will be a big boost to tourism in Cashel and the surrounding areas. This will also be a great opportunity to expose local talent, craft and expertise to a wide audience”.
Coulter has a huge following in the United States and it is envisaged that the US Embassy will help promote the event Stateside.
“To have someone of Phil’s stature headlining this concert is very, very special”, says a proud June Molony.
Shelagh Marshall of Firm Advice is delighted that Diffusion Events will be contracted to project manage the concert.
She says - “Diffusion Events is Ireland’s leading event management company and has provided services to events such as the Oxygen music festival, and concerts in Marlay Park and The RDS. Over the years their services have been used by The Gathering Ireland 2013, European Rugby Cup, Ryder Cup, Riverdance and many more”.
June Molony addes - “We could not have progressed to this stage without the consistent support and goodwill of Minister of State Tom Hayes and County Council chairman Michael Fitzgerald. With their continuing support and indeed the support of the community as a whole we can make this concert an event to remember”