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Saturday 16 December 2017

Reclusive rocker on 'bright side of the street' in Dublin

Reclusive rock star Van Morrison made a rare public appearance in Dublin this weekend.

The 68-year-old star was snapped looking dapper in a navy blue pinstriped suit, without his trademark sunglasses and hat, with a blonde female companion.

She was sitting with him in the back seat of his black chauffeur-driven Mercedes as he left the Clarence Hotel on the Quays after a meeting.

An onlooker said: "She looked reluctant to be photographed and appeared to be covering her face with her hand."

PLUSH

The Brown-Eyed Girl star, who's also called Van the Man, is not a familiar sight in the city, given that he spends most of his time at his plush house in Belfast.

The legendary musician is continuing to tour and perform.

And he will take to the stage at the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle, Co Down at the end of this month.

He'll play two intimate 'dinner show' concerts there on July 27 and 28.

Morrison will also be doing his part for a good cause in his native town of Belfast next month.

As proof he hasn't forgotten his roots, he'll bid a fond farewell to the school he once attended as it closes its doors for the last time this summer.

Assembly

Orangefield High School, the name which famously featured on Morrison's Avalon Sunset album, will welcome in the singer-songwriter for a special performance.

He will headline two gigs in the school's assembly hall on August 22 and 23 as part of the EastSide Arts Festival before he plays a gig in the Royal Albert Hall in October this year.

Van Morrison rarely gives interviews and prefers to keep a low profile and out of the spotlight.

So the spotting of the Astral Weeks legend was a particularly rare sighting yesterday afternoon.

mfinn@herald.ie

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