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Saturday 19 August 2017

Van Morrison to mark 70th birthday with Dublin show

Van Morrison
Van Morrison

VAN the Man will celebrate his 70th birthday in style with an all-seated performance at Dublin's 3Arena.

The Brown Eyed Girl singer will treat audiences to a catalogue of his greatest hits - including from his ablums Astral Weeks, Moondance and It's Too Late To Stop Now.

The Belfast star is performing a series of concerts as part of his birthday celebrations right around the country.

MCD today announced that he will perform a fully seated show on Friday November 20 in Dublin.

Tickets for the event go on sale this Friday (March 27) at 9am.

Van Morrison is considered one of the most prolific recording artists and has received a multitude of awards including six Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, an OBE, an Ivor Novello and has been inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Van, who turns 70 in August, possesses honorary doctorates from Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster, as well as entry into the French Ordres Des Artes Et Des Lettres.

His new album Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue features vocal collaborations with everyone from Michael Buble to Joss Stone, Steve Winwood and even the late Bobby Womack.

DUETS

"I've done duets before, with John Lee Hooker, Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Carl Perkins and Bobby Bland," Morrison said.

"This project was partly about the fun of singing with artists I admire, but also about going back to songs that aren't so well known."

The project began in 2013, when Morrison played the Bluesfest at London's Royal Albert Hall along with Bobby Womack, Mavis Staples and Natalie Cole and he booked studio sessions immediately afterwards.

Van admitted that he had made decisions on which songs to include "with great difficulty". "I had to leave a lot of people out because of the time factor and it was going to run into a double or triple album. I had to get people who were available."

The Dublin concert comes as part of Van's greater birthday celebrations - he previously revealed that he would play a concert at Cyprus Avenue in his native Belfast.

The songwriter immortalised the tree-lined route after he penned a song for his landmark 1968 Astral Weeks album.

Tickets for the 3Arena, priced €76 to €95, are available at www.ticketmaster.ie from Friday.

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