- 20 Aug 20
Gemma Hayes and Little Hours' 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 Gemma Hayes performing 'Comfort You', followed by Little Hours performing 'Streets Of Arklow'.
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.
Over the last 20 years, Mercury Prize nominee Gemma Hayes has established herself as one of Ireland's leading musical talents. The Tipperary singer-songwriter released her acclaimed fifth studio album, Bones + Longing, in 2014.
Little Hours, aka Co. Donegal multi-instrumentalist John Doherty, released his self-titled debut EP in 2014 – featuring 'It's Still Love', which was nominated for the Choice Music Prize Song of the Year. After clocking up support slots for James Bay, Tim Baxter and his Rubyworks labelmates Hudson Taylor, Little Hours released his debut album, Now The Lights Have Changed, last year.
Gemma Hayes' performance of 'Comfort You' (7pm Irish Standard Time) and Little Hours' performance of 'Streets Of Arklow' (8pm) premiere tonight, August 20, on the Hot Press YouTube channel.
Take a look at the spectacular line-up for this week on 'Rave On, Van Morrison' below:
- 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.