VAN MORRISON - BELFAST AUGUST 31, 2015 (Amended artwork)

September 3, 2015 – 12:09 pm

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Belfast 2015 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Cyprus Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland; August 31, 2015. Very good BBC Radio Ulster broadcast.

Thanks to reader Ronnie Carnwath who recorded and shared the show. Ronnie added: “For some, to complain that he didn’t play Cyprus Avenue (from Astral Weeks), that seemed a little churlish if you ask me…” [But that’s Van The Man for you!]

Gary Galbraith wrote:

Considering the volume of shows Van Morrison has played in his home city in the last three years at venues ranging from dinner shows at hotels, large arenas, public parks, old cinemas, jazz clubs and even the assembly hall of his old school, no way was the 70th birthday of Belfast¹s most celebrated musical export going to be allowed to pass quietly. As it turned out, the East Side Arts company managed to pull off their biggest coup yet, by persuading him to end their festival and perform two 90-minute sets actually ON Cyprus Avenue, the first of which was broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster and recorded by BBC Northern Ireland to be broadcast on TV on September 4.

For anyone expecting a setlist heavy on songs namechecking various parts of his native East Belfast and especially the celebrated song named in honour of the gig¹s location, then you can always rely on Van to defy logic and do almost the opposite. Nonetheless, it was a hugely enjoyable afternoon, backed by a superb band, with a couple of nice guest appearances and several standout performances such as Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, And The Healing Has Begun and  the closing In the Garden. And he even told a joke about the Dalai Lama.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Celtic Swing 4:16 (7.2MB)
Track 102. Close Enough For Jazz 3:10 (5.3MB)
Track 103. Moondance (including So What/42nd Street) 6:34 (11.0MB)
Track 104. Whatever Happened To PJ Proby (featuring PJ Proby) 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 105. Born To Sing (featuring Chris Farlowe) 3:28 (5.8MB)
Track 106. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child 6:13 (10.5MB)
Track 107. Mystic Of The East 5:38 (9.5MB)
Track 108. Brown Eyed Girl 4:39 (7.8MB)
Track 109. Days Like This 3:20 (5.6MB)
42 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Baby Please Don’t Go/Parchman Farm/Don’t Start Crying Now 7:09 (12.0MB)
Track 202. Sometimes We Cry 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 203. Whenever God Shines His Light 3:56 (6.6MB)
Track 204. Enlightenment 3:27 (5.8MB)
Track 205. Things I Used To Do 3:24 (5.7MB)
Track 206. And The Healing Has Begun 8:14 (13.8MB)
Track 207. Ballerina 8:01 (13.5MB)
Track 208. In The Garden 8:49 (14.8MB)
48 mins

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  1. 11 Responses to “VAN MORRISON - BELFAST AUGUST 31, 2015 (Amended artwork)”

  2. Thank You!

    By The Russian Assassin on Sep 3, 2015

  3. Thanks much! Great show and great website!!

    By essebby on Sep 3, 2015

  4. This gig was three days ago! You folks at Big-O are slowing down. :)

    By RollingStoner on Sep 3, 2015

  5. Many thanks.

    By Canute on Sep 3, 2015

  6. You brought Betty back!!!

    By jimg on Sep 3, 2015

  7. As A Big Van Morrison fan I appreciate the Big O Worldwide’s posting of Van’s New Shows. Thanks Big O…

    By Irishron on Sep 3, 2015

  8. I haven’t posted up any commentary of late, but this one is really nice. I have always liked Van, all the way back to Them, so as I get older it’s nice to hear that he’s still got it. I like that. Very clean radio broadcast, too. Many thanks!

    By Mr. Jimmy on Sep 4, 2015

  9. Is the artwork cover date of Sept. 1 incorrect and should be Aug. 31?

    Thanks for the great concert!

    By PT on Sep 4, 2015

  10. Thanks for this one - it’s appreciated
    Hope hat, in your travels, are you lucky enough to find the 2nd show of the day - and are kind enough to share it with your readers

    By gee on Sep 5, 2015

  11. Just checked around the site - - and see my ‘request’ was answered. Many thanks for both shows!

    By gee on Sep 5, 2015

  12. Van and the Feat AND Gary Clark Jr. in the same set of posts? THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! My favorite site just keeps on keepin’ on!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Sep 6, 2015

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