Van Morrison – 3 brilliant versions of “Carrickfergus”

I wished I had you in Carrickfergus
Only for nights in Ballygrand
I would swim over the deepest ocean
The deepest ocean to be by your side

Carrickfergus” is an Irish folk song, named after the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It was first recorded, under the name “The Kerry Boatman”, by Dominic Behan on an LP called “The Irish Rover”, released in 1965.

Van Morrison has performed “Carrickfergus” 86 times live (1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2002 & 2003) – top year was 1989 with 31 performances.

I love this song, and no one does it better than Van Morrison. Here are three brilliant versions.

From the album “Irish Heartbeat” w/The Chieftains:

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Legendary Concert: Van Morrison @ Fillmore West, San Francisco – April 26th 1970

A concert to rank with the greatest by anyone..
-Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads: The Art of Van Morrison)

Rock ‘n’ roll comes in many different shapes and sizes, and on the night of April 26, 1970, it came to the Fillmore West in the form of a barrel-chested Irishman in a silk shirt and flares.
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A perfect stereo soundboard recording. This is official release quality. Van and the band are in great form,if you like VM – this is one not to miss.
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Fillmore West (San Francisco, CA)
April 26, 1970

  • Van Morrison – vocals
  • John Klingberg – bass
  • Jeff Labes – piano, organ
  • John Platania – guitar
  • Jack Schroer – alto sax
  • Collin Tilton – tenor sax
  • Dave Shaw – drums

Setlist:

1. Moondance
2. Glad Tidings
3. Crazy Love
4. Come Running
5. The Way Young Lovers Do
6. Everyone
7. Brown Eyed Girl
8. And It Stoned Me
9. These Dreams Of You
10. Caravan
11. Cyprus Avenue
12. Into The Mystic


-Egil

July 19: Hank Williams released “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” in 1952

hank williams Jambalaya (On the Bayou)

Goodbye Joe me gotta go me oh my oh
Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou
My Yvonne the sweetest one me oh my oh
Son of a gun we’ll have big fun on the bayou
Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo
Cause tonight I’m gonna see my ma cher amio
Pick guitar fill fruit jar and be gay-o
Son of a gun we’ll have big fun on the bayou

Wikipedia:

A-side “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”
B-side “Window Shopping”
Released 19 July 1952
Format 7″
Recorded 13 June 1952
at Castle Studio, Tulane Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 2:52
Label MGM
K-11283 (U.S. 7″)
Writer(s) Hank Williams

Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” is a song written and recorded by American country music singer Hank Williams that was first released in July 1952. Named for a Creole and Cajun dishjambalaya, it spawned numerous cover versions and has since achieved popularity in a number of music genres.

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Van Morrison: 5 lovely live versions of “Caravan”

And the caravan is on it’s way
I can hear the merry gypsies play
Mama mama look at Emma Rose
She’s a-playin with the radio
La, la, la, la…

Originally recorded on July 30, 1969 at Mastertone Studios in New York City with Lewis Merenstein as producer. Released on “Moondance” January 27, 1970.

The gypsy life and the radio are both images of harmony, images that bless. Van is “getting back into the romanticism bit with gypsies and all that. I´m really fascinated by gypsies. I love them.” Van Morrison also based the song on real memories while living in a rural house in Woodstock, New York, where the nearest house was far down the road. He described why he included the reference to radio in the song:
-Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads)

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Watch Van Morrison´s Great Concert in Cannes 1984

A wonderful concert voted as a top ten Van Bootleg by Van traders.

Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
January 26, 1984

Musicians:

  • Van Morrison – vocals, keyboards, guitar, harmonica
  • Richie Buckley – saxophone, flute, vocals (Summertime In England)
  • Kenny Craddock – keyboards
  • Martin Drover – trumpet
  • Arty McGlynn – guitar
  • Jerome Rimson – bass
  • Terry Popple – drums
  • Doreen Chanter – backing vocals
  • Joy Yates – backing vocals

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Van Morrison: 5 Wonderful Versions of “Vanlose Stairway”

Send me your picture
Send me your pillow
Send it through Krishna
On the Vanlose Stairway

..A larger point to be made with “Vanlose Stairway” is that no matter what words Morrison is singing, it is the music and singing itself that offers a glimpse at the soul — the true inspiration of the term soul music. And Morrison is nothing if not a soul singer. The lyrics just happen to add to the soul-stirring music. It does not matter that most people have no idea what Vanlose refers to, especially given that Morrison does not pronounce it correctly. But the descending three chords of the verse — played by a horn section and turnaround uplifting chorus — hit the listener on a gut level, especially on the powerful live recording of the song on A Night in San Francisco (1994), which truly transcends anything mere words could communicate.
-Bill Janovitz (allmusic.com)

Vanlose Stairway is track 7 on his 1982 album, Beautiful Vision. It has been performed 729 times live (289 times as part of a medley) according to ivan.vanomatic.de (great website btw).

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