On Monday, August 31st, the Gypsy Scholar celebrates the birthday of one of the bards of the Tower of Song, Van Morrision, who will be turning 70 years old . It calls for a special celebration, as Van will be appearing in a live concert on Cyprus Avenue on Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August, as part of the annual EastSide Arts Festival in Belfast. So please tune in!
Photos from Van's 70th birthday concert on Cyprus Avenue in East Belfast, August 31, 2015
"Van Morrison's Northern Ireland: Celtic Soul & The Spirit of Place"
Thematic Images for Van Morrison's Hyndford Street Birthplace
Thematic Images for Van Morrison's Cyprus Avenue
Van the Man's 70th Birthday concert
Thematic Images for Van Morrison's Belfast City
Thematic Images Maps for Van Morrison's Northern Ireland
Thematic Images for Van Morrison's Antrim County Castle Gardens
Van Morrison at Castle Gardens. Van is thinking: "Hmm, I wonder where the Gypsy Scholar is? He was supposed to meet me here at this spot!"
Thematic Images for Van Morrison's Northern Ireland Countryside
Thematic Images for Van Morrison's Northern Ireland Seacoast
Thematic Images for Van Morrison's Northern Ireland Ancient Ruins
See this video of "The Van Morrison Trail," which charts the singer's East Belfast life from Cyprus Avenue to The Hollow, Hyndford Street and more.Click here
Northern Ireland & The Spirit of Place. The Anglo-Celtic Imagination is “Like a great Ring of pure and endless light.” (Henry Vaughan)
The following are texts that serve as supplementary aids on understanding the background for the musical easy, "Van Morrison's Northern Ireland: Celtic Soul & The Spirit of Place". (Most of the information in the texts is taken from the GS's previous musical essays, "The Imagination of Albion & The Spirit of Place.")
For "The Imagination of Albion & The Spirit of Place," click here
For "Brief History of Britian & Ireland," click here
Van the Man's Natal Chart
Van Morrison: Virgo musician
One interviewer noted that Van used to record in a Bay Area studio called Tres Virgos and added that he was a Virgo, and so asked: Does astrology interest you? Van only replied that it interested him a little bit. Pressing the question, the interviewer noted that many great musicians were also born under the sign of Virgo—for instance, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. This time Van replied: “It seems to be. You’re right there. It’s a good sign for musicians from the point of view of getting shapes on things, because Virgos have that analytical thing going. Very often, when you’re making steps in arranging music, you have to analyze the various stages, and that Virgo thing is helpful."
By the way, Van's fourth solo album, His Band and the Street Choir, released on November 15, 1970 by Warner Bros. Records, was originally titled Virgo's Fool, but was renamed by Warner Bros. without Morrison's consent. The album contains a track entitled "Virgo Clowns."