Saturday 1 July 2017
Saturday 1 July 2017
Sir Van Morrison is the latest stellar name to be announced for this summer’s Eden Sessions. This will be his first performance in Cornwall in 16 years.
The Belfast-born legend is one of the most revered and decorated musicians of recent times. He was knighted last year, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has won six Grammys, a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution and the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement.
He released his 36th studio album Keep Me Singing in September last year to critical acclaim and a top-ten berth in both the UK and US album charts.
Born in 1945 as George Ivan Morrison, Van was inspired by musical greats such as Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Muddy Waters, Mahalia Jackson and Leadbelly. He was a travelling musician at 13 and singing, playing guitar and sax, in several bands, before forming Them in 1964. Them established Morrison as a major force in the British R&B scene. His matchless vocal and songwriting talents produced instant classics such as the much-covered Gloria and Here Comes The Night. After working with Them’s New York producer Bert Berns on beautiful Top 40 pop hit Brown Eyed Girl, released in 1967, Morrison moved to another realm.
Recorded over three days with legendary jazz musicians, 1968’s Astral Weeks is a still singular album combining street poetry, jazz improvisation, Celtic invocation and Afro Celtic Blues wailing.
Van continued to advance on his status as a game-changing artist through the decades that followed. The breadth and reach of his collaboration work continued in 2015 with the release of his album Duets: Re-working The Catalogue. Featuring singers as influential and diverse as Bobby Womack, Gregory Porter, Mavis Staples and Michael Bublé, the album re-works songs handpicked from Morrison’s catalogue of over 360 tracks across his career.
Sessions Plus luxury ticket packages
Do the Sessions in style and treat yourself and your loved ones to an unforgettable experience with our exciting Sessions Plus ticket packages. These packages give you the chance to see an international legend perform while we lay on an exclusive range of luxury extras that will make for a really lavish experience.
You’ll be welcomed to Eden with hassle-free priority parking and fast-track entry into the gig. Once you’re in, you can take time to explore our beautiful Biomes and gardens at your leisure. You’ll then join members of Eden’s Leadership Team who will host a prosecco reception in the Gallery, which offers fabulous vistas across the whole of Eden, including the concert arena. The reception will be followed by a delicious meal designed exclusively by Eden’s chefs to represent the best of our county’s wonderful ingredients. Then you’ll make your way down to the arena to be wowed by an incredible gig against the stunning backdrop of Eden’s Biomes. When the show finishes you’ll be welcomed back to the Gallery, where you can round the perfect evening off and let the crowds depart while you relax with a coffee and a bite to eat.
- Sessions Plus packages for the Van Morrison gig cost £150 each and are now on general sale – find out more.