- 31 Aug 20
As part of our celebrations for Van Morrison's 75th birthday, Moya Brennan performs 'The Beauty of the Days Gone By', and shares her reflections on Van's music.
Dubbed the ‘First Lady of Celtic Music’, Irish folk singer, songwriter, harpist, and philanthropist Moya Brennan first began performing in 1970, when her family formed Clannad – widely regarded as the band to have popularised contemporary Celtic music. Brennan has also enjoyed a hugely successful solo career, and released Timeless, a collaboration with Cormac De Barra, last year.
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"I’ve always felt a connection with Van – we’ve met lots of times and we’ve both wanted to do something together. I had the opportunity last August in The Met in Belfast, when poet Paul Muldoon was putting on one of his summer picnic shows. Van came along and sang two songs with myself, Cormac de Barra and Paul’s band.
"The two songs he choose were ‘Steal My Heart Away’ and ‘The Beauty Of The Days Gone By’ from Down The Road. I loved singing with him, and I loved the songs. So I thought it would be nice to do one of them on this special tribute."
Read more in the new Van Morrison Special Issue of Hot Press, and watch Moya Brennan perform 'The Beauty of the Days Gone By' below:
See the action-packed programme for Van's Big Day on Monday, August 31, below:
• President Michael D. Higgins with Bill Whelan – ‘Rave On, John Donne’ (7pm)
• Bob Geldof – ‘I'm Tired Joey Boy’ (7.15pm)
• Moya Brennan (Clannad) – ‘The Beauty Of The Days Gone By’ (7.30pm)
• Paul Casey & Friends feat. Terri Hooley – ‘In The Days Before Rock ’n’ Roll’ (7.45pm)
• Brian Kennedy – ‘Days Like This’ (8pm)
• Mary Coughlan – ‘Warm Love’ (8.15pm)
• John Spillane – ‘Cleaning Windows’ (8.30pm)
• Altan – ‘Whenever God Shines His Light’ (8.45pm)
• Malaki – ‘Someone Like You’ (9pm)
• Glen Hansard – ‘Astral Weeks’ (9.15pm)
• Hozier – ‘Caravan’ (9.30pm)
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 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.
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