Date: 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 17:15

The Eden Sessions will be hosting an afternoon of live music ahead of Van Morrison’s headline show on Saturday July 1.

Eden’s arena will be open from 3pm, with Paul Brady, Ruarri Joseph (performing as William the Conqueror), Nathan Ball and Kezia on the main stage throughout the afternoon.

Paul Brady, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is one of Ireland's most highly regarded and successful artists. He crosses musical boundaries again and again, incorporating folk, rock, blues traditional Irish and classic pop styles into his songwriting.

His live performances include songs from his extensive catalogue of 40 years. Often classified as a musicians' musician, Paul Brady's songs have been covered by a huge array of major artists.

He began to write songs in the early 80s and has since forged a reputation as one of Ireland’s finest singer songwriters, releasing many popular and critically acclaimed
records.

Songs such as The Island, Crazy Dreams, Nothing But The Same Old Story, Nobody Knows, Follow On, The Long Goodbye, The Homes of Donegal, and Paradise Is Here have, over the years, given joy and emotional sustenance to
generations of Irish at home and abroad.

Newquay-based singer-songwriter Ruarri Joseph is known for his supple acoustic finger-picking and deep, warm vocals. Joseph has released four studio albums - Tales of Grime and Grit, Both Sides of The Coin, Shoulder to the Wheel and Brother – to critical acclaim.

After releasing his debut on Atlantic Records, he left the label behind for his subsequent releases, recording in a makeshift studio in his back garden. Ruarri now performs as William the Conqueror and his debut album under that name – Proud Disturber of the Peace - is due out on August 4 (2017).

Acclaimed London singer-songwriter Nathan Ball, who cites Van Morrison as one of his major influences, has an understated, warm style and distinctive voice is reminiscent of George Ezra.

Kezia is a Camborne-based artist with a haunting, powerful voice. She returns to Eden following a residency at last winter’s Festival of Light and Sound. Kezia writes lyric-based songs with simple, thoughtful melodies based around the piano and guitar.

Rita Broe, Eden’s marketing director, said: “Eden will have a real festival feel on July 1, with a whole afternoon and evening of fantastic live music culminating in a headline performance from the legend Van Morrison.

“We’re encouraging people to turn up early, have a drink and something to eat and enjoy what we hope will be a lovely sunny afternoon of music.”

Sir Van Morrison is one of the most revered and decorated musicians of recent times.

He was knighted last year, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has won six Grammys, a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution and the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement.

He released his 36th studio album Keep Me Singing in September last year to critical acclaim and a top-ten berth in both the UK and US album charts.

Also on the bill at the Eden Sessions in 2017 is Bastille (June 15 – SOLD OUT), Madness (June 16 – SOLD OUT), Royal Blood (June 22), Blondie (June 23), Bryan Adams (July 6 – SOLD OUT) and Foals (July 11).

The Eden Sessions enter their sixteenth year in 2017. Last year saw Lionel Richie, Tom Jones, PJ Harvey, Manic Street Preachers and Jess Glynne carry on the great tradition of bringing top UK and international acts to Eden.

The Eden Sessions has its own free-to-view online TV channel (www.youtube.com/edensessionstv) featuring regularly-updated videos of some of the gigs' finest shows.

Tickets to the Van Morrison Eden Session cost £50 plus £5 booking fee and are on sale now. Sessions Plus VIP tickets are also available. For more information, see www.edensessions.com.

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