Legendary Grammy-nominated musician, songwriter, singer and producer Phil Coulter will perform a concert on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Ignatius Church in Chestnut Hill to benefit the Irish Pastoral Centre-Boston (IPC), a non-profit organization that helps Irish immigrants make the transition to life in America.
A native of Derry, Northern Ireland, Coulter has written or co-written hit songs such as “The Town I Loved So Well,” “Puppet on a String,” “Saturday Night” (a hit for the Bay City Rollers) and “My Boy,” which was performed by Elvis Presley. Since launching his career as a pianist-vocalist 30 years ago, he has amassed 23 platinum records and 39 gold and 52 silver albums. In 2001, he was nominated for a Grammy Award in the New Age category for his album “Highland Cathedral.”
Coulter has performed three times at the White House, presented four sell-out concerts at Carnegie Hall, hosted his own TV series on RTE, and was featured on a BBC TV special marking his 60th birthday. He also was active in Irish folk music, producing albums for popular bands Planxty, The Dubliners and The Furey Brothers. More recently, he collaborated on and contributed songs to the “Celtic Thunder” stage production and TV special.
While a visiting professor at Boston College in the late 1990s, Coulter performed several concerts with Sullivan Artist in Residence Seamus Connolly, director of the University’s Irish Music Programs, including at the Gaelic Roots summer school and festival held on the BC campus. The Charitable Irish Society will present Coulter with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BC Club the following night after the October 14 concert.
Created in 1987 in response to the growing number of Irish immigrants in Greater Boston, the Irish Pastoral Centre-Boston offers programs and services for immigration and citizenship, counseling, drug and alcohol issues, domestic abuse, spiritual and pastoral care, and family needs.
St. Ignatius Church is located at 28 Commonwealth Avenue in Chestnut Hill adjacent to the Boston College Main Campus. To find out more about the Irish Pastoral Centre-Boston, see ipcboston.org.
The IPC’s annual fund-raising dinner will be held on Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m at Florian Hall. Special guest: Mickey Harte.