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Van Morrison To Perform at Castle Ward
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VAN Morrison is to perform at  Castle Ward on May 26 this year.

This is the first time Van the Man has performed in a National Trust property. This unique performance at Castle Ward, which will build on the success of last year’s International Bread Festival, will be part of a series of events will also form the finale of a weekend of festivities in the Strangford Lough “Lough Lively” celebration.

Van Morrison is to play at Castle Ward.

Van Morrison is to play at Castle Ward.

Speaking ahead of the Castle Ward concert, Van Morrison said: “This is my first concert at a National Trust property in Northern Ireland, and what better place to perform than the shores of Strangford Lough? The beautiful surroundings of Castle Ward should make it an extra special night and I’m really looking forward to being back in County Down.”

Barbara Muhly, Property Manager for Castle Ward, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Van Morrison back  to County Down and incredibly excited to host him at Castle Ward. Van is an iconic performer and it will make for a special summer evening to have him perform at one of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful outdoor venues.

“He can be sure of a very warm welcome, and we might even give him some of our special Castle Ward honey to help prepare his voice for the gig! Visitors can also be sure of a great evening on the lawns of this incredibly special place. What more could you ask for to start your summer?”

Tickets are on sale now priced at £46, plus booking fee and can be bought via Ticketmaster online at: or by calling 0844 277 4455.

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A range of VIP packages are also available, including a private reception with Van’s daughter, Shana Morrison, a successful singer-songwriter in her own right.

VIP tickets and offers can be accessed by contacting Castle Ward directly on 02844 881204.

Van Morrison – a Bio

A unique talent, and undoubtedly one of the finest and most distinctive vocalists in rock music veering constantly between the brilliant and utterly extraordinary, Van Morrison’s  career has taken him in countless different directions with his original signature blend of jazz, blues, classical and folk.

A Belfast native, Van grew up listening to American music with his parents, his favourite artists being greats like Leadbelly, Mahalia Jackson, Lightnin’ Hopkins and other legends of blues and soul. With more than 200 of his own compositions featured in major motion pictures, Van Morrison was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003 by the late Ray Charles.

Van is arguably our greatest musical superstar with a career spanning five decades and acclaimed as a major influence by many of the world’s leading pop performers. Having recently launched  his new album Born To Sing:No Plan B, his performances  continue to cross musical boundaries and  win critical acclaim.

'Why can't it be like this all the time?' Castle Ward near Strangford. (Photo by Peter Muhly - 2008)

‘Why can’t it be like this all the time?’ Castle Ward near Strangford. (Photo by Peter Muhly – 2008)