- 25 Aug 20
As part of our nightly YouTube series celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, Moncrieff performs 'Hungry For Your Love', and shares his reflections on Van's music and influence.
Having already made major waves in the UK, with strong airplay from BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music, as well as a shoutout from none other than Elton John on his Beats 1 show, Moncrieff is poised to be the next Irish superstar. Following the success of his The Early Hurts EP, the Tramore native played a stellar sold-out show at The Sound House, Dublin and announced a major headliner in The Academy. He released his latest single ‘PLAYLOUD’ earlier this summer.
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"Like most kids my age, the first time I connected with Van Morrison’s music was when I was five or six years old, sitting in the back of my mum's car.
"His music showed me that Irish singers could be soulful, and not specifically tied to traditional Irish music. He’s truly himself – he’s real raw and honest in every song, and that's undeniable. He’s one of the legends of Irish music, which is something I aspire to be.
"The real reason I chose to cover ‘Hungry For Your Love’ was because it made me think about my ex – and how I really need to fucking build a bridge and get over it."
Read more in the upcoming Van Morrison Special Issue of Hot Press, and watch Moncrieff perform 'Hungry For Your Love' below:
See the schedule for the upcoming performances on 'Rave On, Van Morrison' below:
- Tues Aug 25 Moncrieff Hungry For Your Love (7pm); Loah If I Ever Needed Someone (8pm)
- Wed Aug 26 Rosie Carney Gypsy Queen (7pm); Whenyoung Irish Heartbeat (8pm)
- Thur Aug 27 Mary Stokes Band Roll With The Punches (7pm); Wyvern Lingo Domino (8pm)
- Fri Aug 28 Beoga Scandinavia (7pm); Reevah Ballerina (8pm)
- Sat Aug 29 Luka Bloom Madame George (7pm); Conor Marcus Rough God Goes Riding (8pm)
- Sun Aug 30 David Lyttle feat. Liam Neeson On Hyndford Street (7pm); Paul Brady Cry For Home (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.