Receiving critical acclaim from devout Vanatics wherever they perform, Celtic Soul are the definitive Van Morrison tribute. They first performed at the Ulster Hall for BBC Music Day and are delighted to return this time with the Arco String Quartet.
The band perform songs from Van’s days with Them right through to the present. Expect to hear the big hits as well as songs from Astral Weeks, Moondance, Avalon Sunset and the other albums from the extensive catalogue of the Belfast bard.
With years of playing in blues, folk, traditional and jazz bands, the seven-piece band have the ingredients to deliver Van’s music authentically. They are: Clarke Wilson on Vocals and Saxophone, Ray McEvoy (Electric Guitar), Marcus McAuley (Acoustic Guitar), Rik Gay (Drums), Keith Ward (Piano and keyboards), Gerry McClurg (Trumpet) and Mark Crockard (Electric and Double Bass).
For this special concert and first time performance at the Ulster Hall on Saturday the 2nd of March, they will be joined by the Arco String Quartet, comprising members of the esteemed Ulster Orchestra. They have performed alongside artists like Foy Vance, Pavarotti, Russell Watson, Sir Bob Geldof, Rod Stewart, The Divine Comedy and Ronan Keating.
If you love Van Morrison’s music you will love Celtic Soul as they take you through the songbook of Belfast’s very own musical legend!
‘a great band and a very fine tribute’. Ralph McLean, BBC
‘ an excellent band’. Dr Linley Hamilton, Jazz Musician and Jazzland Presenter BBC
‘As close as you can get … even the Man approves ‘. Noel Casey, Dublin City FM
‘Superb musicians in a really entertaining and professional show’. Mike McGovern, MD Dublin Gazette Newspapers
‘A magnificent night of Van music’ Michael Duffy, Dundalk FM