One of music’s true legends, Sir Van Morrison, returns to the Millennium Forum on Sunday 6 May as part of The City of Derry Jazz Festival.
Van Morrison, who last performed at the City of Derry Jazz Festival back in 2012 is set to make a return to the Millennium Forum in a showcase of songs from his latest studio albums Roll With The Punches and Versatile while dipping into some of his greatest hits from undoubtedly one of the most revered back catalogues in music history.
Van Morrison proved last year that he is built differently to other artists with the release of his two latest albums. The music legend is currently working at a rate which would put musicians a third his age to shame; an ethic that harks back to his early days as a recording artist who’d easily release multiple brilliant long players within the space of a year.
While Roll with the Punches saw Van revisit many of the definitive rhythm and blues records that have stayed with him all his life, Van’s latest album Versatile, sees him delve further back into recorded music’s archives to interpret some of the 20th century’s greatest vocal jazz standards.
“Recording songs like these – especially the standards – gave me the chance to stretch out vocally and get back to the music that originally inspired me to sing – jazz!” – Van Morrison
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr. Maolíosa McHugh said he is delighted Van Morrison is making a long awaited return to the City of Derry Jazz Festival in 2018 saying it was a huge coup for the festival. He said:
“The Council, as organisers of the City of Derry Jazz Festival, is delighted to be working alongside the Millennium Forum & MCD to secure this top quality act for the festival. The last time Van Morrison performed as part of the Jazz Festival was back in 2012 and we are delighted to have him back this year. We are confident he will be a huge draw for jazz and blues music fans from all over the island of Ireland and are looking forward to another hugely successful May Bank Holiday weekend of festival fun.”
Don’t miss this very special performance by one of music’s most inspirational artists at this year’s City Of Derry Jazz Festival.
Tickets go on-sale this Friday, 19 January at 9am and are priced £64.50 and £70.50. Telephone the Box Office on 71 264455 or visit millenniumforum.co.uk for bookings.