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Live at the Gympie Muster
Pirates, Parrots & a Pencil Thin Moustache
Toyota Star Maker Single
It has been way too long between albums from Darren Coggan, who is one of the great master storytellers of Australian country music, but this new offering was certainly worth waiting for. It is filled with beautifully written songs, delivered with great passion and spirit by this talented artist. The songs are full of images of Australia, heartfelt emotions, many of them personal, and wonderful stories.
I loved the title track, which is a powerful, spirited ride across he Australian landscape, and The ‘Bidgee, a nod to Darren’s home town of Wagga Wagga. Scotland delves into Darren’s heritage, and Inasmuch, a duet with Felicity Urquhart, explores the spirit of the beautiful Norfolk Island and the political struggles currently being faced by the island. Seventeen is a beautiful love song and A Beautiful Ride is for Darren’s children. There is also a killer version of James Reyne’s Reckless. There is a great deal to love about this brilliant album and I wanted to keep playing it again and again. I can’t see that stopping any time soon.
Susan Jarvis – Capital News April 2017
“Album opener and current single, The Wide Horizon gets things off to a rollicking start, before slipping into Scotland. There’s a power and unexpected beauty in the lyrics behind this particular song and I found myself hypnotised by the picture Coggan so masterfully creates in homage to his Celtic roots.
This unique storytelling – a big feature in much of Coggan’s music, continues in A Beautiful Ride. Though it may be a little less upbeat than previous tracks, it is no less majestic as he sings, “I will love you forever/I will hold you ‘till the end of time/Like a softly falling feather.”
Of all the songs on the album, Hughie & Seventeen are probably the ones I like most, as they combine Coggan’s knack for storytelling with his strong vocal ability.”
JACKIE SMITH – AMNPLIFY Australian Music Network
May 25, 2017
“The Wide Horizon could well be one of the most highly anticipated albums on the Australian country music calendar for 2017. Singer-songwriter Darren Coggan is back with a range of songs that blend to form a work that makes you want to slide it into your car stereo and hit the road. As well as celebrating the country we live in and a couple of songs that have defined Australian music, The Wide Horizon also celebrates Darren’s love for his wife and children.”
REBECCA BELT – THE COUNTRY JOURNO
March 19, 2017
Darren Coggan is not only one of our finest country music artists, he is also an amazingly diverse entertainer. His War Stories album and stage show was one of the most amazing contributions that I have seen or heard in this country. He has starred as Richie Cunningham in a Happy Days theatre production and his Peace Train – Cat Stevens’ Show has toured the country and has become a sellout programme in Australia. He is now taking the show to the U.K. Add to all of that, his shows with Michael Fix and his show in Tamworth this year which attracted amazing reviews, then you have one hell of a package.
This album is long awaited. It has been a while between albums and this album is as diverse as his career has been. Very few musicians in Australia can equal Darren’s strength in all of the areas of entertainment that he ventures into. This album is a polished, beautifully produced example of how several genres can come together to make a gem. Darren Coggan never disappoints. His arms embrace a plethora of musical avenues but he never falls short of excellence. With his distinctive voice, insight, incredible messages and uniquely Australian perspective, this is another triumph.
COUNTRY AS – KAREN JOHNSON - COUNTRY AS
Darren Coggan has arrived! A big talent that we are so proud of.
ALAN JONES 2GB
Darren Coggan’s ‘War Stories’ album is one of the best compilations of war songs I have heard. So much insight into the way things were. All Australian’s should hve a copy.
BOB ROGERS 2CH
“Darren Coggan has always had a knack of telling a fascinating and perceptive story in his songs and with War Stories he’s exceeded all his previous efforts. Darren has crafted and performed with great understanding, a swag of stories about Australians at war.”
Susan Jarvis - Country Music Capital News
“Darren’s debut album announces that Australian Country Music has a new star. It’s authentic country and Darren has a great expressive voice that belies his youth. Rating: four stars”
Jeff Jenkins - TV Week magazine
“Coggan’s debut CD is in an award winning league, mixing voice and lyrics to maximum effect. Rating: A”
Dennis Passa - Who Weekly Magazine
“Your version of the National Anthem was one of the best – if not the best! – I’ve heard in my long years of working in events. It was a cracker!”
Tony Pipe - Manager, Department of Premier and Cabinet
“Your performances at Australia Day were fantastic, and you brought something new to the National Anthem – not easy to do! It had a real Australia Country flavour to it, which was greatly appreciated by the crowd, and worked really well. Great to work with you again!”
John Foreman - Musical Director 2013 NSW Australia Day Luncheon
“It was the boy from Wagga Wagga, Darren Coggan, who emerged as the evening’s king of hearts. Coggan has a fresh, powerful, expressive voice, and whether it was ‘Back In My Hometown’ or ‘I Got Plenty of Nuthin’, he just oozed style.”
Malcolm Gillies - The Australian
Collaborations & Appearances
1996 - The Dream Remains The Same & Lets Pretend (We're still in love tonight)
Toyota Starmaker Single
1997 - Hometown, Debut album ABC/EMI records
1998 - Lost in Space, Duet with Stephanie Grant on her album 'Deja Blue
1999 - Gershwin Country, Tribute album to George Gershwin, ABC/EMI records.
1999 - The Jelly Bean Team, Children’s album Warner Music.
1999 - Red Headed Woman, Single with Mitchell Shadlow, ABC/EMI records.
1999 - Happy Days, The Arena Mega Musical, World premier cast recording, Artistree/Sony Music
2000 - Show Me Heaven (single), Duet with "Carter & Carter" Crestway Music
2000 - Do I Ever Cross Your Mind? (single), Awarded Golden Guitar for 'Vocal Collaboration Of The Year' 2001. Single with Beccy Cole, Adam Harvey & Felicity. ABC/Universal records
2002 - Balancing Act Awarded 2003 'Independant Male Vocalist Of The Year'
2003 - Busy Man Duet with Carter & Carter (single). Crestway Music
2009 - Peace Train - A tribute to Cat Stevens (Live Album)
2008 - Quambatook, Cast recording from John Williamson's Australian Folk Musical
2008 - War Stories, Awarded Golden Guitar for 'Heritage Song Of The Year' 2009
2008 - G'day It's Christmas Down Under, Holborne Australasia
2009 - Tangerine Sky, Benefit song for Vic Bushfire Appeal, Features Troy Cassar Daley, Tommy Emmanuel, Tamara Stewart, Peter Denahy, Anne Kirkpatrick, James Blundell.
2017 - THE WIDE HORIZON
2012 - DARREN COGGAN LIVE AT THE GYMPIE MUSTER