Belfast’s newest Freeman of the city was back on home soil on New Year’s Eve to a rapturous welcome at the Harp Bar.
Only 180 lucky ticket holders were there to experience a memorable night with Van Morrison at the most intimate of venues.
Unpredictable as ever, the music legend took to the stage with accomplished local jazz outfit the Linley Hamilton Sextet – belting out a mix of his crowd pleasing favourites mixed with more traditional jazz and blues standards.
Morrison was backed on vocals by daughter Shana and the sextet’s Dana Masters. From the opening Only a Dream to what became a sing-along Brown Eyed Girl finale, the appreciative crowd loved every minute of the unique occasion. The singer/songwriter looked perfectly at ease performing in what must have been the smallest venue he’s played in many years, however, the performance has not been captured on camera due to the strict no photography policy.
Allowing the band to showcase their talents, the set list included Close Enough For Jazz, Centrepiece and Tear Your Playhouse Down, as well as the hugely popular Whenever God Shines His Light.
Linley Hamilton was on top form on trumpet throughout and even joined covers band The Big Kahuna to see in the New Year.