Van Morrison Review Hampton Court. June 2016 GetSurrey.com

Hampton Court. June 2016 GetSurrey.com

Van Morrison pulls out all the stops with ‘polished performance’ at Hampton Court Palace Festival

Van Morrison gave a stellar performance at the Hampton Court Palace Festival this week

Chaz Brooks rocked out at the sell-out gig in East Molesey where Morrison “effortlessly eased” through a set of his greatest hits

The king of the troubadours brought a sell-out crowd at Hampton Court Palace to its feet with a storming version of Gloria to finish a polished performance earlier this week.

Typically, rather than milking the applause, Morrison exited the stage mid-song to leave the rest of the band to finish the concert.

It was a fitting climax to a masterclass where Morrison effortlessly eased through a set of more than 20 tracks from his extensive back catalogue, with the addition of a cover of St James Infirmary, presumably added to demonstrate the talents of the octogenarian trombonist Chris Barber.

Older readers will remember Barber as a band leader, and he surprisingly played the whole show.

The rest of the band comprised drums, bass, guitar, backing singer and a keyboardist who doubled as trumpeter.

With a jazzy feel throughout, Morrison kicked off his set with the instrumental Celtic Swing, moving seamlessly into Close Enough For Jazz and then one classic track after another, including a sensational version of Moondance.

Others included Brown Eyed Girl, Carrying A Torch, Whenever God Shines His Light On Me, Baby Please Don’t Go and Magic Time.

Contrary to his reputation as a moody performer, the Blues Brother look-alike certainly appeared to enjoy himself throughout the show, while directing his ensemble with a military precision and having a stage hand on constant duty to receive instructions.

Now into his seventies, his voice is as strong as ever and it is clear that Van is still “the man”.

http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/van-morrison-pulls-out-stops-11479422

 

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