Eden Sessions live music: Van Morrison
Sir Van Morrison is the latest stellar name to be announced for this summer’s Eden Sessions.
Paul Brady, Ruarri Joseph (performing as William the Conqueror), Nathan Ball and Kezia will provide an afternoon of live music ahead of Van Morrison’s headline show.
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The Belfast-born legend 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 of 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.