- 13 Sep 20
As part of our nightly YouTube series celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, Paul Muldoon performs 'Coney Island'.
Born in Portadown, Co. Armagh, Paul Muldoon is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor of poetry, as well as an editor, critic, playwright, lyricist and translator.
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"'Coney Island' is a great description of a 'spin' around the Ards Peninsula. There’s so much happening there —the Viking influence, Christian monasticism, the impact of the Normans. In fact, it was the Normans who first brought rabbits (or coneys) to Ireland. They liked a little pate de lapin. So Coney Island probably served as a factory farm of sorts. In 'Coney Island', Van focuses more on the seafood. He somehow manages to do for Donaghadee what Frank O’Hara does for downtown Manhattan."
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.