Singer sets his sights on Scottish gigs


QATAR-based Irish singer Philip Noone (above), has his sights set on performing for Scotland’s Irish diaspora once the lockdown restrictions are eased.

Philip, who has been playing Irish music all over the world for the past 15 years hasn’t yet had the chance to play in Scotland, but is working on putting together a post-lockdown tour with dates in Glasgow and Edinburgh, hopefully in September or October, expected to be added.

His cover version of The Galway Shawl in 2018 and it racked up more than seven million plays across all social media platforms. The proceeds from his last single, The Ballad of Mickey Mór, were generously donated to frontline workers battling Covid-19. During the recording process for that song, Irish Hollywood star, Chris O’Dowd, had sent him a jocular video message to hurry up, which Philip admits gave him the push he needed to get the record over the line.

“Scotland has a massive Irish community and I’m really looking forward to getting over and doing some shows,” he said. “Every crowd I play to in the Middle East always has Scots and Irish in them, due to the huge amount of oil and gas industry expats. They always bring the party wherever they go. I’ve been talking to a promoter in Glasgow in the Irish music scene and hope to get everything ready as soon as possible.”

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