THE sweet sounds of legendary Van Morrison chilled the hot summer crowd at Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in a sell out concert.One of the most prolific recording artists and live performers in music history, Sir Van Morrison, took to the Royal International Pavilion stage on Friday night, captivating the crowd with a myriad of Irish folk, jazz, blues and country music.
Morrison opened the show with a beautiful rendition of Astral Weeks, then launched straight into Sweet Thing. Both songs were released from the album of the same name 50 years ago in 1968, yet still resonate perfectly today and brought the audience to their feet
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Astral Weeks (album Astral Weeks) Dee & Paul's Video Channel
Joined by his eight-piece band, including his musical director, Paul Moran, Morrison barely drew breath for the following 90 minutes. This was his first appearance at the International Eisteddfod and he enchanted the entire pavilion with his largely improvised set, featuring favourites including Baby Please Don’t Go, Days Like This and Have I Told You Lately.
Morrison brought the show to a close and the audience to their feet with an exhilarating rendition of cult classic Brown Eyed Girl.
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Music director, Vicky Yannoula, said: “The audience was completely enthralled by Van’s unparalleled vocals and song writing talent, and by the support of his exquisite band. It was such a mesmerising performance and a wonderful start to our weekend.”
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Sweet Thing (album Astral Weeks) Dee & Paul's Video Channel
Big hand for the band :
Paul Moore -Bass,Paul Moran - keyboards/trumpet,Dave Keary -guitar,Mezz Clough -drums,Dana Masters-vocals,Teena Lyle-Vibes,and sp cial guests Tony Fitzgibbons-violin and Jay Berliner -guitar.
Jay is the original guitarplayer on the Astral Weeks album (1968)
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