- 19 Aug 20
As part of our nightly YouTube series celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, Camille O'Sullivan performs 'Avalon Of The Heart', and shares her reflections on Van's music and influence.
Award-winning singer Camille O'Sullivan has built up an international reputation with her stunning performances at Sydney Opera House and London's Royal Festival Hall, as well as a show-stealing appearance on Later... with Jools Holland. After touring Australia, New Zealand, Edinburgh and London, Camille Sings Cave, a love letter to the music of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, was released as a live album in 2019.
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"I first heard Van Morrison’s music when I was in boarding school in Cork. I heard that incredible song, ‘The Way Young Lovers Do’, in the place where we used to all hang out. It was incredible – it just felt spiritual and wild to me. I was later given tapes of Astral Weeks and Moondance, and I played them non-stop. Then, when I got to university, I listened to pretty much everything.
"His work has a timeless feel to it. I love it for its spirituality. It’s poetry set to music. He is an incredible artist worldwide, and it makes you feel so proud he is from Belfast. I feel lucky to have experienced listening to his music over the years. Music can change people, and his music transformed me and inspired me many times – and hopefully many more times to come!"
Read more in the upcoming Van Morrison Special Issue of Hot Press, and watch Camille O'Sullivan perform 'Avalon Of The Heart' below:
Take a look at the spectacular line-up for the next week of 'Rave On, Van Morrison' below:
- 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)
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.