Direct from his highly acclaimed tour of the United Kingdom, Darren Coggan is bringing the Peace Train to Tasmania this November with their final performances for 2017 in Hobart, Launceston & Burnie.
Peace Train is a night of music and story-telling which will strike a chord deep inside the heart of anyone who longs for something more, a journey back in time, recreating the sights and sounds, seeking out the man in the music and telling the story behind the songs. Hear twenty-five hits sung with remarkable authenticity by one of Australia’s most exciting artists. Darren Coggan takes the audience on a ride of discovery, back through the joys and the sorrows, the triumphs and the pain, in a celebration of the life of one of the most inspiring and prolific singer songwriters of our time, Cat Stevens.
“We take our audience on that same journey of self-discovery that Cat went on and try to answer the question as to, why did he leave the music industry? I had the privilege of being invited to London to meet with the great Cat Stevens in 2007 and I heard first hand some of the many anecdotes and stories that we share with the audience throughout the performance.” Said Darren.
Cat Stevens was the ultimate rock star. Talented, charismatic, with a seemingly endless succession of beautiful melodies streaming from his imagination, the international singing star had everything. He sold more than 60 million albums, earned enough money to last several lifetimes, and enjoyed all the trappings of fame. But he wanted more out of life. So, at the height of his career he shocked the world by taking his last bow. The music stopped and Cat Stevens was no more.
“Cat Stevens defined a generation with songs that the whole world sang along with and fifty years later his messages of peace, tolerance and understanding are still just as relevant as when they were first written, perhaps even more so. These timeless songs including Moonshadow, Wild World, Peace Train, Where Do the Children Play, Father & Son, Morning Has Broken and many more, continue to unite the world, bringing people together in the name of love and peace. Our audiences obviously come expecting to hear those timeless songs of Cat Stevens, but I think they walk away with so much more, a real insight and understanding of who he was. It’s a very positive, uplifting show; with the underlying theme being that we all have the ability to make changes in our lives should we not be content.” Commented Darren.
Since its debut performance in Darren’s hometown of Wagga Wagga at the Civic Theatre back in 2008, Darren Coggan’s Peace Train, has gone on to inspire many others, playing to standing ovations in the most prestigious venues in Australia including The Sydney Opera House and most recently wowing audiences throughout Scotland & England with Darren’s uncanny vocal resemblance to the great Cat Stevens.
Get on board the Peace Train and ‘Remember The Days’ of Cat Stevens as Darren Coggan traces the path of a man who never stopped wondering about how to make the world a better place.
“Coggan’s voice in both tone and timbre was so like the great man’s that many believed that Cat Stevens was in the house last night…..for those lovers of Cat Stevens, get on the train – you won’t be disappointed.”
The Launceston Examiner
“Darren Coggan seamlessly weaves the Cat Stevens story in song and speech in what ends with a standing ovation.”
Sunday Herald Sun
“Coggan sounds amazingly like Stevens. He has the timbre, the inflections and the feel of Cat’s music. The combination of Coggan’s affable persona, the intriguing story and the amazing catalogue of songs adds up to a winner.”
The Daily Telegraph
“Coggan has found a quality of voice which is so close to the original that you would think it is Cat Stevens himself. The commitment from the writer is not just to the music, but to the message. The result is an exciting concert and a dramatic narrative with a worthwhile theme.”