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Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 11:00

One of the greatest concerts to be held at the Eden Project, featuring the legendary Sir Van Morrison, will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer from Saturday (September 23).

The Belfast-born singer and his band gave an unforgettable performance against the backdrop of the world-famous Biomes on July 1 this year.

The 30-minute programme Van Morrison: Live at Eden will be available for 30 days from midday on September 23 at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05ff5nn.

It will feature some of his all-time classic songs such as Have I Told You Lately, Here Comes The Night, Moondance and Brown Eyed Girl.

Sir Van 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.

Eden Sessions promoter John Empson said: "Sir Van and his band's performance at Eden this summer was a night of pure musical magic that will stay long in the memory.

"It is great that millions of viewers will be able to enjoy some of the highlights on BBC iPlayer in what is the latest broadcast of some of our finest shows."

Born in 1945 as George Ivan Morrison, Sir Van was inspired by musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly.

He was a travelling musician at 13 and singing, playing guitar and sax, in several bands, before forming Them in 1964.

Them established Van Morrison as a major force in the British R&B scene. His matchless vocal and songwriting talents produced instant classics such as the much-covered Gloria and Here Comes The Night.

After working with Them's New York producer Bert Berns on the beautiful Top 40 pop hit Brown Eyed Girl, released in 1967, Morrison moved to another realm.

Recorded over three days with legendary jazz musicians, 1968's Astral Weeks is a still singular album combining street poetry, jazz improvisation, Celtic invocation and Afro Celtic Blues wailing.

Sir Van continued to advance on his status as a game-changing artist through the decades that followed.

The breadth and reach of his collaboration work continued in 2015 with the release of his album Duets: Re-working The Catalogue. Featuring singers as influential and diverse as Bobby Womack, Gregory Porter, Mavis Staples and Michael Bublé, the album re-works songs handpicked from Morrison's catalogue of over 360 tracks across his career.

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.

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