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Van Morrison announces an outdoor concert at King John’s Castle, Limerick

Tickets go on sale at 9am this Friday via ticketmaster.ie.

Van Morrison has announced the news of a special outdoor performance at King John’s Castle, Limerick on June 29, 2022.

Born in 1945, Van heard his shipyard worker father’s collection of blues, country and gospel early on. Influenced by music greats like Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly; Morrison was a traveling musician at age 13.

The gifted talent sang, played guitar and saxophone in several bands before forming them in 1964. After working with the band’s New York producer Bert Berns on the magnificent Top 40 pop hit “Brown Eyed Girl (1967), Morrison moved on to another realm. Recorded over three days with legendary jazz musicians, 1968s Astral weeks is a still singular album mixing street poetry, jazz improvisation, Celtic invocation and Afro Celtic Blues lament.

Reflecting on a New Life in America on Sinatra’s Joyful Soul of Moon Dance (1970) and the inflected country Honey from Tupelo (1971), he summoned the old spiritual and ancestral life in the epic Overview of Saint Dominic (1972) closer track ‘Listen To The Lion’.

Double live album Too late to stop now (1973) highlighted Morrison’s exceptional performing and conducting skills. Tracing a rich and varied musical journey throughout the 70s, the 76-year-old shone among an all-star cast including Bob Dylan and Muddy Waters on The Band’s Last Waltz.

Having received a Brit, an OBE, an Ivor Novello, 6 Grammys, honorary doctorates from Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, entry into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and the Orders of Arts and French letters; the international scope of Van’s musical art is very clear. In 2016 he was knighted for his services to the music industry and tourism in Northern Ireland.

Last month, Van received an Oscar nomination for “Best Original Song” for his Belfast ‘Down To Joy’ soundtrack. The track provides a great opening to Oscar-nominated Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical feature film.

With one of the most revered catalogs in music history and his unrivaled talents as a composer, singer and performer; Morrison’s past accomplishments loom large. How that past informs his future accomplishments and still sparks excitement and lively anticipation.

Tickets will go on sale for Morrison’s outdoor concert in Limerick at 9am this Friday via ticketmaster.ie.