- 18 Aug 20
Damien Dempsey and Carrie Baxter's performances for Van Morrison's 75th birthday celebration are going live tonight.
Following spectacular performances for 'Rave On, Van Morrison' last night, we're bringing you another special evening of back-to-back Van covers – with Damien Dempsey performing 'Tupelo Honey', followed by Carrie Baxter performing 'Out In The Cold Again'.
Over the course of the YouTube event, celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, you can expect even more renditions of his remarkable songs from some of the most iconic names in the country – including President Michael D. Higgins with Bill Whelan, Hozier, Sinéad O'Connor, Bob Geldof, Glen Hansard and Damien Rice, to name just a few.
Across his remarkable career, Damien Dempsey has forged a reputation as one of the country's most beloved artists – with 2020 marking his 20th year of releasing albums. His most recent album, 2018's Union, saw the soulful singer-songwriter showcasing new songs and re-imagined classics, through collaborations with Finbar Furey, John Grant, Kate Tempest, Maverick Sabre, Lisa O'Neill and more. Following his iconic run of Vicar Street gigs in December, he's set to play the Iveagh Gardens on July 10, 2021.
Following the release of her highly anticipated debut EP Placebo earlier this year, Waterford jazz/soul artist Carrie Baxter has rapidly established herself as a serious force to be reckoned with on the Irish scene. Generating a major buzz in the UK, the success of her acclaimed single 'Love Me Better' landed her on the cover of Spotify's The New Éire playlist. Tomorrow, August 19, she returns with an intimate new version of 'Love Me Better', which will feature on her upcoming Stripped Back EP.
Damien Dempsey's performance of 'Tupelo Honey' (7pm Irish Standard Time) and Carrie Baxter's performance of 'Out in The Cold Again' (8pm) premiere tonight, August 18, on the Hot Press YouTube channel.
Take a look at the spectacular line-up for this week on 'Rave On, Van Morrison' below:
Tue Aug 18 Damien Dempsey Tupelo Honey (7pm); Carrie Baxter Out In The Cold Again (8pm)
Wed Aug 19 Camille O'Sullivan Avalon Of The Heart (7pm); Joshua Burnside You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push The River (8pm)
Thu Aug 20 Gemma Hayes Comfort You (7pm); Little Hours Streets Of Arklow (8pm)
Fri Aug 21 Gemma Bradley Sometimes We Cry (7pm); Jess Kav Vanlose Stairway (8pm)
Sat Aug 22 Mick Flannery Linden Arden Stole the Highlights (7pm); The Henry Girls These Are The Days (8pm)
Sun Aug 23 Martin Hayes Moondance (7pm); Cara Dillon Memory Lane (8pm)
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Hot Press is also publishing a Van Morrison Special Issue, to coincide with ‘Rave On, Van Morrison’, featuring written contributions from the legendary likes of Sinéad O'Connor, Gary Lightbody, Tim Wheeler, Una Healy and David Keenan – who reflect on Van's music and influence. The issue will also look back at five decades of landmark Hot Press interviews with Van, in which he discusses everything from Ray Charles and his other musical heroes, to the inspiration behind the seminal Astral Weeks. Plus, you can expect exclusive photos from the archives, ten ways Van has changed the world, and much more. This historic publication is set to be a must-have for Van Morrison fans all over the world, and is available to pre-order now.