- 13 Sep 20
As part of our nightly YouTube series celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, Liam Ó Maonlaí performs 'The Master's Eyes'.
Liam Ó Maonlaí initially rose to prominence as a founding member of Hothouse Flowers, which he founded with his schoolmate Fiachna Ó Braonáin – releasing People, one of the most successful Irish debut albums in history, in 1988. Throughout his career, he has drawn from a combination of traditional Irish music, blues, soul, gospel, country, punk and folk.
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"My father-in-law was a quiet man who had a tough upbringing. He had a way about him when I knew him – quiet and kind, and never afraid of hard work. He loved life, and delighted in his grandson. He passed away, leaving us very sad. Some time after his passing, I was driving around Cork and Kerry, and I had A Sense of Wonder playing. 'The Master's Eyes' crept up on me and before I knew it I was weeping for Pa, my father-in-law. It was a sweet sorrow. A beautiful feeling."
The programme for tonight's 'Rave On, Van Morrison' finale:
- Liam Ó Maonlaí (7pm) The Master's Eyes
- Paul Muldoon (7.15pm) Coney Island
- Niall Stokes with Gavin Glass (7.30pm) Have I Told You Lately
- Amberlight (7.45pm) Celtic New Year
- Jordan O'Keefe (8pm) Real Real Gone
- George Hutton (8.15pm) Born To Sing
- Keywest (8:30pm) Come Running
- Sinead O'Connor (8.45pm) Who Was That Masked Man
Hot Press has also published a Van Morrison Special Issue, to coincide with ‘Rave On, Van Morrison’, featuring written contributions from the legendary likes of Hozier, Sinéad O’Connor, Gary Lightbody, Damien Rice, Imelda May and Damien Rice, as well as special homages from international artists Brandon Flowers, Steve Van Zandt and Matt Berninger. In addition, you'll find the highlights of our recent exclusive interview with Van – who discusses the Belfast he grew up in, ‘Gloria’, Jim Morrison, Lenny Bruce, the real inspiration for Astral Weeks and his extraordinary work as a songwriter.
This historic publication is a must-have for Van Morrison fans all over the world, and is available to order now.