Geraldine Brannigan

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Geraldine Brannigan, (born 1954), (sometimes listed as Geraldine Branagan[1]) known professionally as Géraldine, is an Irish singer,[2] known for finishing in fifth place in the Eurovision Song Contest 1975 with the song "Toi" while representing Luxembourg.

Career[edit]

Together with her band, she was active in the Irish showband scene. As Geraldine & the Brannigans they competed in the Irish preliminary to the Eurovision Song Contest 1973. Entitled Fadó Fadó/"Long, Long Ago" they finished in fourth place.

In 1978, as Geraldine & Pickles, Brannigan represented Ireland with the song Say It With Music at the Yamaha Music Festival in Tokyo.[1][3]

Brannigan performed "Casablanca" in an episode of the Benny Hill Show in March 1979.

An album was released in 1981 (as The GB Band) in which her future husband Phil Coulter as a composer had participated.[1][4]

She also toured South Africa in 1982 with guitarist Tony Cox.

Eurovision[edit]

As a solo singer, Brannigan was commissioned in 1975 by the broadcaster RTL to compete for Luxembourg at the 1975 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. "Toi" was co-written by Irish singer-songwriter Phil Coulter, Scottish producer Bill Martin and french songwriter Pierre Cour. Coulter conducted the orchestra for the song, which came fifth.

Personal life[edit]

In November 1998, Brannigan married her long-time partner Phil Coulter in a low-key ceremony at Wicklow registry office, witnessed by their six children, Danielle, Dominique, Alexandra, Daragh, Ryan and Georgina, and 16 guests.[5][6][7] Coulter had noticed Brannigan in a Guinness TV advert in Dublin and felt that he had to meet her.[6] He later said in an interview on Miriam Meets... on RTE Radio 1, that it was love at first sight.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Geraldine Branagan". IrishRock.org. Archived from the original on 4 December 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  2. ^ VIAF 120789381
  3. ^ World Popular Song Festival In Tokyo '78 at Discogs
  4. ^ "Альбом: Geraldine, GB Band, The - Geraldine" [Album:Geraldine, GB Band, The - Geraldine]. Bodus.ru (in Russian). Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  5. ^ Anderson, Nicola (19 November 1998). "Performance of a lifetime for Phil and his Geraldine". Irish Independent. Dublin. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b O'Rourke, Frances (16 February 2013). "'He protected me from the minute we met'". The Irish Times. Dublin. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Phil Coulter to sell the house he loved so well for over €1.2m". Derry Journal. Derry. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Miriam Meets..... Phil Coulter and Geraldine Brannigan". Sunday with Miriam - RTÉ Radio 1. Dublin. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2018.

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