Van Morrison

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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(...)

 Van Morrison’s Madame George is the only tribute I know of, literary or musical, to the Dublin-Belfast railway line. Photograph: Terry Thorp

Reduced to vicarious travel, I have spent recent evenings on an epic train journey through my living room, courtesy of re-reading Paul Theroux’s 1975 (...)

Paddy Murray: “When  see so many people who clearly don’t believe there is any pandemic or, if they do, don’t give a damn, it scares me.”

It is 22 years since I was told I was suffering from Lymphoma. I had, for years, put up with red blotches on my skin, assuming – as my then doctor di(...)

The alarming uptick in Covid-19 outbreaks, after Northern Ireland’s cheering early record, gives figureheads Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill another chance to show unity, a tiring public willing them on. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Pandemic dilemmas have merely blurred the incoherence of the five-party Stormont Executive. The alarming uptick in Covid-19 outbreaks, after Northern (...)

 Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann: accuses musician Van Morrison of encouraging people not to take Covid-19 seriously. Photograph: Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA

Northern Ireland’s Minister for Health Robin Swann has accused Van Morrison of making dangerous comments about Covid-19 and giving succour to “conspir(...)

Van Morrison: ‘I’m not telling people what to do or think, the government is doing a great job of that already.’ Photograph:  Terry Thorp

Van Morrison has claimed that the UK government is using Covid-19 restrictions to “enslave” the population in three new anti-lockdown protest songs. (...)

Susan Stanley on stage during Anything Can Happen 1972 at the Playhouse in Derry. Photograph: The Playhouse

At the Playhouse in Derry, the theatre is empty, but the seats are full. On each one is an object – a babygro, a stuffed toy, a photograph – looking u(...)

This is an exciting time for Irish music. the dreary male with Guitar is being replaced and a wave of multicultural and multifaceted (...)

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