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Hugo Duncan: Legend Brian Coll still a hit at 78, while Pound Shop Peggy popular for Gary

Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson

By Hugo Duncan

Country legend Brian Coll celebrated his birthday - his 78th - during the week. And don't I know it!

We were simply inundated on the show with requests to wish him a happy birthday and to play some of the numbers which helped to make him so popular.

On the day of his birthday, I extended an open invitation to Brian to come into the studio for a chat and to sing a few songs, with Gerard Dornan and Crawford Bell backing him.

Come to think of it, I should have mapped out a week for him on my show simply because of the wealth of stories and anecdotes which he can tell.

Brian has a very active mind, is comfortable discussing most subjects, and I always enjoy being in his company.

When I last performed with Brian, at Christmas, rehearsals came to a halt as everyone gathered round him and were held entranced by his stories and yarns.

That's Brian for you!

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Now, when it comes to compering a concert, Gary Wilson is right up there with the best of them.

In recent months, the popular Gary has found himself becoming increasingly busy as the country concerts continue to thrive throughout the province.

And, right now, the Fermanagh man is enjoying the reaction to his new single, Pound Shop Peggy, which, as you might gauge from the title, is laced with humour.

As well as performing both as a comedian and compere, Gary is also a promoter of sorts and has organised a series of shows in the past.

His new record was written by B G Pollock and certainly helps to put Gary's talents very much in the shop window. The song is certain to enhance his career and will feature in his own shows.

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