- 13 Sep 20
As part of our nightly YouTube series celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, Niall Stokes performs 'Have I Told You Lately' with Gavin Glass.
Niall Stokes is the editor of Hot Press, which he founded in 1977. He is accompanied in his performance of 'Have I Told You Lately' by acclaimed singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer Gavin Glass.
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“I am fortunate to have had two wonderful children – Duan and Rowan – with my partner, life-long friend and fellow Hot Press founder, Máirín Sheehy. As the first single from Van's very beautiful Avalon Sunset album, ‘Have I Told You Lately’ was released in June 1989. Rowan was born in July. It was an album we played a lot throughout that year. I fell in love with ‘Coney Island’, ‘I’m Tired Joey Boy’, ‘Orangefield’ and ’These Are The Days’ – all recorded brilliantly, as it happens, as part of our Rave On, Van Morrison celebration.
"But the one that I couldn’t escape, that started to sing me – or that’s certainly how it feels sometimes with songs – as Rowan made his way through those early days, with Van as a soundtrack, was ‘Have I Told You Lately’. A little bit later I picked up a guitar and got a few shapes sorted out. I am, in boxing parlance, a bit ring-rusty, but I enlisted the help of Gavin Glass, who is one of Ireland's finest musicians and producers and of James Bell of Wexford Live to do a performance video. I, of course, take full responsibility for any bum notes that might have been struck – and hope that Van succeeds in staying mellow while watching!"
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.