Irish broadcaster and former Warwick resident Carl Corcoran wrote songs for 9-11

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:11

WARWICK — Former Warwick resident and Irish Radio Telefís …ireann (RT…) host Carl Corcoran recently co-authored two timely songs for the 10th anniversary of September 11 ceremonies to be held in New York. Between 1995 and 1998, Corcoran, an internationally known song writer and entertainer, who lived in Warwick for 10 years, could be heard on Radio WTBQ with his Irish music program, “A Drop of the Irish.” Corcoran also hosted a popular music and talk show on the station, which aired weekday mornings. Corcoran’s latest 9-11 song, “I Won’t Turn My Back on You,” co-authored with Nashville based songwriter Jimmy Kelly, has recently been recorded by the New York Tenors and is being performed as the featured song at several September 11th commemorative events. One of these events, a Gala Concert in support of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, will be held on Friday, September the St. George Theater on Staten Island. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, organized to support children who have lost a parent, as well as firefighters and military who have been seriously injured in the line of duty, has adopted “I Won’t Turn My Back on You” as its anthem. Special guests at this Friday evening’s event will include former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, actor Gary Sinise and TV Personality Dennis Miller. The well-known singer, Ronan Tynan, one of the original Irish Tenors, will also perform the song at City Hall on Saturday, Sept 10, for the NYPD 10th Anniversary Concert. Tynan also recently performed it with the United States Air Force Orchestra and Choir during a filmed concert to be shown on PBS TV this coming Veterans Day. Another Carl Corcoran song, “The Phoenix,” a 9-11 hymn co-written with Art McGann and sung by Corcoran, was originally intended to be a closing theme for a documentary on “The Irish of 911.” If technology permits, Warwick Radio WTBQ (AM 1110/FM 93.5) plans to air “The Phoenix,” on the Dick Wells Show this Saturday, September 10. When he was living in Warwick, Corcoran produced an award winning CD, “Dancing the Dublin Reel.” He also performed live in numerous New York City clubs as well as local night spots such as Boodles Opera House, The Lycian Theater, Mount Peter Ski Area, Mountain Valley, Emerald Point and Gavin’s Catskill Resort, just to name a few. In 1998, The Irish Echo, the largest Irish-American newspaper, included Corcoran’s CD among the 100 all-time favorite Irish albums. The following year, its readers gave him the most votes for favorite Irish artists in the show-band category. Corcoran began his music career in the 1970s. Many of his Warwick fans may be surprised to learn that it was rock and roll, folk and pop that brought the young Dubliner to the pubs, clubs and coffee shops as both a singer and songwriter. An offer to sign a recording contract produced three original albums containing songs written by Corcoran who adopted the stage name, Jamie Stone. His first album 'New Day’ earned six awards at the RMI Awards in 1974, including “Artist of the Year.” Corcoran’s songs, 'Gulliver’ and 'I Believe in Love’ were chart toppers in the Irish market. After returning to Ireland in 1998, Corcoran began a new career as a broadcaster with Irish Radio Telefís …ireann (RT…). He promises to revisit Warwick from time to time.