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President Higgins records a reading of a Van Morrison song, to mark the songwriter’s 75th birthday

Date: Thu 27th Aug, 2020 | 10:42

President Michael D. Higgins is among those who have contributed to a special event, marking the 75th birthday of Irish singer, songwriter and performer Van Morrison, which occurs on 31 August.

Created by Hot Press magazine, "Rave On, Van Morrison” is a virtual event, broadcast via YouTube, which celebrates the work of Belfast-born Van Morrison, one of Ireland’s greatest songwriters and performers.

To mark the occasion, President Higgins has recorded a spoken-word track, with a reading of 'Rave On, John Donne', from Van Morrison’s 1983 album Inarticulate Speech of the Heart. 

The musical backing is arranged and produced by Bill Whelan, who wrote Riverdance, and the musicians include Tara Howley, Derek O’Connor and Mal O’Brien. The music was recorded and engineered by Brian Whelan. 

President Higgins’ recording of 'Rave On, John Donne' is one of ten videos scheduled to be broadcast on YouTube on Van Morrison’s birthday.