VAN MORRISON PRESENTS – MYSTIC OF THE EAST – AN INTIMATE SHOW AT THE EUROPA HOTEL FOLLOWING HIS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PERFORMANCE AT THE SLIEVE DONARD RESORT
Van Morrison in concert, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October 2014, Europa Hotel, Belfast, N. Ireland.
Van Morrison performed two special concerts at the Europa Hotel to coincide with the launch of his new book. ‘Lit Up Inside,’ published by Faber & Faber, is a book of selected lyrics from Van Morrison songs. A limited number of signed copies were available for purchase by guests attending these shows.
The title of the book is taken from the song ‘On Hyndford Street,’ from Van Morrison’s 1991 album ‘Hymns to the Silence.’ On Sunday, Ciaran Hynds beautifully read the lyric preceded by that of “In the Garden” and Van sung both songs as a finale.
These concerts, preceded by a gourmet dnner, are special to Northern Ireland, Van’s birthplace. Places were limited to 300 guests for each show, and so the atmosphere was intimate, as described by Randy Lewis in the LA Times after a show he attended on 28 July this year.
No two concerts are the same. Some fans, due to attend his Royal Albert Hall performance the following week, will no doubt extend their itineraries to include these shows as well. Early booking is essential.
‘To Hyndford Street, feeling wondrous and lit up inside
With a sense of everlasting life…
And in the quietness we sank into restful slumber in silence
And carried on dreaming in God.’