Ciaran Lavery and PowPig to feature on ‘Rave On, Van Morrison’ tonight –

Ciaran Lavery and PowPig’s performances for Van Morrison’s 75th birthday celebrations are going live tonight.

Following stunning performances on ‘Rave On, Van Morrison’ last night, we’re bringing you more back-to-back performances – with Ciaran Lavery performing ‘Country Fair’, followed by PowPig performing ‘Natalia’.

Over the course of the YouTube event, celebrating Van Morrison’s 75th birthday, you can expect even more renditions of his remarkable songs from some of the most iconic names in the country.

Ciaran Lavery’s sophomore record Let Bad In saw him rack up millions of Spotify streams. His language is that of heartbreaking melodies, gentle acoustic guitar and deep, cavernous sonics; he has a sound to get lost in. His latest album Plz stay bb was released to critical acclaimed earlier this summer.

Tipped as one of the Hot Press ‘Hot for 2019’ acts while they were still in school, PowPig have emerged as one of the most captivating alt-rock bands of recent memory. Following a string of acclaimed EPs, festival performances, sold-out headliners and a support slot for Girl Band, the Limerick four-piece made their highly anticipated return in 2020 with ‘Intellectual’.

Ciaran Lavery’s performance of ‘Country Fair’ (7pm Irish Standard Time) and PowPig’s performance of ‘Natalia’ (8pm) premiere tonight, September 12, on the Hot Press YouTube channel.


Take a look at the line-up for the ‘Rave On, Van Morrison’ finale night this Sunday, September 13, below:

  • Liam Ó Maonlaí (7pm) The Master’s Eyes
  • Paul Muldoon (7.15pm) Coney Island
  • Niall Stokes with Gavin Glass (7.30pm) Have I Told You Lately
  • Amberlight (7.45pm) Celtic New Year
  • Jordan O’Keefe (8pm) Real Real Gone
  • George Hutton (8.15pm) Born To Sing
  • Keywest (8:30pm) Come Running
  • Sinead O’Connor (8.45pm) Who Was That Masked Man

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Hot Press is also publishing a Van Morrison Special Issue, to coincide with ‘Rave On, Van Morrison’, featuring written contributions from the legendary likes of Hozier, Sinéad O’Connor, Gary Lightbody, Damien Rice, Imelda May and Damien Rice, as well as special homages from international artists Brandon Flowers, Steve Van Zandt and Matt Berninger. In addition, you’ll find the highlights of our recent exclusive interview with Van – who discusses the Belfast he grew up in, ‘Gloria’, Jim Morrison, Lenny Bruce, the real inspiration for Astral Weeks and his extraordinary work as a songwriter.

This historic publication is a must-have for Van Morrison fans all over the world, and is available to order now.


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