Mike Couto, who is perhaps best known for his work as part of the duo “Couto and Mulligan” with the late Bill Mulligan and is very successful now as a solo performer, enjoys writing music. During last years holiday season, he brought back the feel of the Christmas times of yesteryear, with a special song with a New Bedford touch including references to the hustle and bustle of the old downtown shopping district. The song is called “Old New England Christmas” and is a real holiday treat!
Chops Turner is a well known singer songwriter having worked at Maurice Starr Entertainment. He is originally from Providence, Rhode Island but has spent much time in Southeastern Massachusetts, including New Bedford, and currently lives in Fall River. During a Christmas special on my TV show New Bedford Connections, Chops made an appearance. He demonstrated his showmanship qualities during our interview and nailed the classic Christmas song also known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”!
Mike Couto is probably best known for his work as a musician as part of the team Couto and Mulligan. For nearly a half a century Couto and Mulligan performed all around the area playing great music and entertaining audiences with their terrific sense of humor. Bill Mulligan passed away a couple of years ago but I had a chance to catch up with Mike who is performing around the area as a top-notch solo act. I also put together a clip of a performance they did on my TV show a few years ago.
New Bedford continues to maintain its status as the number one fishing report in the United States. At this year’s New Bedford working waterfront festival the captain of the scalloper Elizabeth and Niki offered tours. I had a chance to speak to the captain and first mate on what it’s like to be a fisherman, and how difficult a life it is. I also had an opportunity to look at the inside workings of the ship itself.
Many people know Larry Soares by the sound of his voice. For nearly 20 years he worked at popular radio station Fun 107. For much of that time, he worked on the morning show with very well-known radio personalities such as JR, Michael Rock, and Sharon Fogaren. He left a couple of years ago and is now pursuing a career as a standup comedian. It’s an interesting story for sure.