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Peace Train
A tribute to Cat Stevens
Starring DARREN COGGAN


In a very special Tamworth Country Music Festival event, Golden Guitar winner Darren Coggan
presents Peace Train – a tribute to Cat Stevens at Capitol Theatre Tamworth with 2 shows, a 2pm
matinee and 8pm evening performance, Saturday January 16.
Cat Stevens defined a generation with songs that the whole world sang along with. These timeless
songs including Moonshadow, Wild World, Peace Train, Where Do the Children Play, Father & Son,
Morning Has Broken, First Cut Is The Deepest, and many more, continue to unite the world, bringing
people together in the name of love and peace.


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.


“I am overwhelmed with the response we have had to Peace Train here in Tamworth. Last year this
show sold out fast and I'm thrilled to be bringing it back in 2016 for two performances. I can't think of
a more appropriate time of year to celebrate an artist that so defined the 70’s and those themes of
peace, love and happiness. Cat’s timeless songs and his messages of tolerance and understanding
are just as important in our world today as when they were first written, perhaps even more so.”
Commented Darren.


Back in the 70s, 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.


Since its debut performance in Darren’s hometown of Wagga Wagga at the Civic Theatre back in
2009, 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.
Darren Coggan has toured extensively with stage shows Grease – The Mega Musical, Happy Days
– The Arena Mega Musical, and Shout – The Musical Of The Wild One. He has appeared regularly
on TV, including several guest appearances on Channel 7's All Saints and currently is a presenter on
Sydney Weekender. He has also been awarded two Golden Guitar awards at the CMAA Country
Music Awards in 2001 and 2008.


Get on board the Peace Train as Darren Coggan traces the path of a man who never stopped
wondering about how to make the world a better place.
“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


“From the opening chords of Moonshadow, Darren Coggan had an attentive audience of 50-
somethings melting in his hands. As the show reached its crescendo the cheering grew louder and
the crowd was left wanting more.”
 Newcastle Herald

 

“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.” 
Canberra Times


www.peacetrain.com.au
Capitol Theatre Tamworth
Saturday 16 January, 2pm & 8pm.
www.capitoltheatretamworth.com.au / 6766 2028