Van Morrison

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It’s a case of sweet and sour. First the sweet. For his 42nd studio album, stuffed with a bumper 28 tracks, Van Morrison has written some of his most (...)

Van Morrison performs on stage during Music For The Marsden 2020 at The O2 Arena on March 3rd last year in London. Photograph: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

Accumulated profits at the music firm owned by Van Morrison last year increased to £8 million (€9.24 million). New accounts by Morrison’s Exile Produ(...)

The core band members: Pádraig Meehan, Barry Brennan and Eddie Lee.

The passing of time can be a strange concept, Pádraig Meehan agrees. Even so, that’s no excuse for taking 40 years to release your debut album. The gu(...)

Tom Holland and Ciara Bravo in Cherry.

So what do you do when you’ve just made the highest grossing film in history? Robert Wise followed up The Sound of Music with the grand folly that was(...)

Music biographer Johnny Rogan nourished his love of pop and rock on visits to relations in Ireland  through the years. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Johnny Rogan Born: February 14th, 1953 Died: January 21st, 2021 Johnny Rogan, who has died unexpectedly aged 67, was among the most prolific and well(...)

Mick Flannery: I’m so obsessed with songwriting that I try to keep my mind clear of musical distractions

I’ve been lucky during the pandemic: I’ve had lots to work on and keep my mind occupied. I was working on a duet album with Susan O’Neill when it star(...)

Victoria Mary Clarke: ‘The playlist is very random, but that’s what I like about it.’

During the pandemic I’ve been listening to music for positivity and to relax. The songs I’ve picked for my playlist are vibrant. What’s kept me going (...)

Van Morrison recently suggested that we need to ‘stand up, speak up and fight the pseudo-science’ about Covid-19.

Can we organise a moratorium on the “I never liked [bad person’s] work anyway” construction? The idle boast has been around for a while — no doubt, in(...)

Irish singer Van Morrison caused controversy last year when he penned three songs denouncing lockdowns in Northern Ireland.  File photograph: Dani Cardona/Reuters

Van Morrison is mounting a legal challenge against a pandemic ban on live music. The celebrated singer-songwriter, from Belfast, is commencing judicia(...)

 Boston Common  rock festival, 1971. The music writer David Hepworth argues that 1971 saw the release of more defining albums than any other year. Photograph: Spencer Grant/Getty Images

In his 2016 book Never a Dull Moment, David Hepworth, among the most engaging of music writers, argues that most of us feel the greatest year for musi(...)

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