Greek singer Nana Mouskouri brings her Happy Birthday Tour to Dublin in the course of a year-long tour around the world.
The tour celebrates her 80th Birthday, and also the composers and writers who inspired her singing. A global phenomenon, Nana enjoyed hits in Greek, English, German, Spanish, French and Dutch. In total, she has recorded more than 1,350 songs and has been awarded approximately 300 gold and platinum discs. Her biggest hit was White Rose of Athens, released in 1961.
A number of significant anniversaries occurred for the singer in recent times. "In 2012, it was 50 years since I worked with Quincy Jones and recorded my first album in New York, " she says.
"Last year, 2013, it was 50 years since The Umbrellas of Cherbourg film with composer Michel Legrand and 50 years since the Eurovision in London.This year, 2014, it will be 50 years since I worked with Harry Belafonte and had my first stage experience in the USA and Canada."
Legrand composed two songs which became major French hits for her, namely Les Parapluies de Cherbourg (1964) and an arrangement of Katherine K. Davis's Carol of the Drum, L'Enfant au Tambour (1965). The singer represented Luxembourg in the Eurovision Contest in 1963 when she sang the song A Force de Prier. The song achieved eighth place, yet enjoyed hit single success in Europe.
Nana Mouskouri will be accompanied by her four French musicians and by her daughter Lénou, who has enjoyed her own singing career in France since 2001. Tickets go on sale on Friday May 2, available from the National Concert Hall Box office, telephone (0)1 417 000 or online at www.nch.ie