It’s been a good year for Irish pop music. There hasn’t been one big ticket album in 1999–the new U2 effort isn’t expected until early 2000–but if you scratch the surface, you’ll find some exciting music nonetheless. TOM DUNPHY recommends a few favorits you may want to investiage… VAN MORRISON, BACK ON TOP Van Morrison’sRead more..
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The birth, re-birth, and enduring legacy of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks. ℘℘℘ In 1968, Van Morrison was on the lam from the mob and hiding in Boston. Author Ryan Walsh takes Van’s frantic story of “another time, another place” and folds it into the radical zeitgeist of Boston Cambridge in Astral Weeks: A Secret History ofRead more..
The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented its annual Gold Medal in the Arts to five formidable names linked with the Irish arts community in June. In a gala ceremony held at Farmleigh in Dublin, the awards were presented to classical flutist Sir James Galway (who appeared on The Lord of the Rings soundtrack); musicianRead more..
A Sampling of the Latest Irish Books. ℘℘℘ RECOMMENDED The Encyclopedia of Ireland is being dubbed the most comprehensive book to date on Irish life, culture, and history, and leafing through its pages, it’s hard to disagree. Arranged in alphabetical order, the Encyclopedia contains more than 5,000 essays written by nearly 1,000 contributors. A randomRead more..
The good news is Van Morrison is back to form with this new release. Belfast’s temperamental son was utterly prolific throughout the 90’s turning out an album every other year and if last year’s collaboration with Linda Gail (`You Win Again’) didn’t quite come off, fans won’t be disappointed this time. Van’s vocals are everythingRead more..
“Sometimes it is a spiritual experience, but most of the time it’s not…You have to work very hard to get that. But that’s okay. There’s no free lunch, y’know?” – Van Morrison ℘℘℘ Leave it to Van Morrison to lend a bit of welcome perspective at the end of From a Whisper to a Scream,Read more..