The Town I Loved So Well
1. noun: a seller of ballads, esp on broadsheets.
2. Noun: a writer of mediocre poetry.
When I first began singing in clubs and Irish Pubs in the early 1980's, the scars of the sectarian fighting in Ireland were still fresh in the minds and hearts of the many Irish who were flooding into America. This beautiful literary ballad seems to remind and relieve. This is a great song about the importance of place
History & Synopsis
Phil Coulter speaking:
“I have been very fortunate in my career. I have had hits over more than thirty-five years: rock, popular, Celtic; as an arranger, a producer, a composer and a performer. But, when it’s all over with, this is what I would like to be remembered for.” Before the first bars of music fill the theatre, the audience erupts into applause.
At most concerts the encore is a sweet conclusion; with Phil Coulter it is an anticipated highlight. For his fans it is an anthem: for Coulter, an autobiography and a prayer, THE TOWN I LOVE SO WELL is his signature and his benediction.
In my memory I will always see
The town that I have loved so well.
Where our school played ball by the gas yard wall
And we laughed through the smoke and the smell.
Going home in the rain, running up the Dark Lane,
Past the Jail and down behind the Fountain.
Those were happy days, in so many, many ways,
In the town I loved so well.
Internationally revered, Phil Coulter’s music reached from the Irish Pub to the opera stage. As an arranger and a composer, his music has been performed by such diverse talents as Elvis Presley and the Irish Tenors.
As a producer, he has helped to guide the careers of The Bay City Rollers and Sinead O’Connor. As a performer he has ecome an icon in Ireland and a guiding force behind the Celtic music revival.
Coulter’s music tells the story of his life. A story that began and will
someday end, in the town that is the model for what the Irish refer to as “the troubles.” A town whose very name became a political statement: For the Protestant British it was Londonderry, for the Catholic Irish, it was simply Derry.