Moondance - Van Morrison Songbook ▸ Oct 26/19
MOONDANCE - THE VAN MORRISON SONGBOOK
Saturday October 26, 2019
Doors 6:00 pm | Show 7:00 pm
★ This show is for ages 19 and up
Your ticket(s) will be emailed to you immediately after purchase.
(ticket price includes $4.50 service charge)
Does not include GST
Prepare to be totally entertained as Bruce Coughlan & Company pay tribute to the genius of Van Morrison, the Mystic Celtic Soul singer and songwriter who has placed his indelible stamp on Western Music culture for over half a century! Join Moondance at the Blue Frog for an energetic and joyous celebration of Van Morrison, his life & music.
“Gloria” | “Brown Eyed Girl” | “Moondance” | “Domino” | “Into the Mystic” | “Wild Night” | “Have I told You Lately” & many more favorites.
Van Morrison emerged in the early 1960’s as vocalist for Irish Blues group Them. Even in the early days, he had a distinctive sound, and he laid down his uniquely expressive vocal lines with confidence and soulful conviction. So convincingly that songs like Gloria, Here Comes the Night and Baby, Please Don’t Go are still staples of Classic Rock & Blues radio stations world-wide!
In 1967 came Brown Eyed Girl, one of, if not the most iconic sing-along songs of the last century! Although wildly popular and widely considered his signature song, Brown Eyed Girl hardly begins to define Morrison as an artist.
Over the next five years, Van “the Man” would release some of his most ground-breaking and influential work, combining Celtic inspired imagery with an original blend of Blues, Jazz, Folk and Soul Music styles.
In 1970, Van Morrison recorded two albums: Moondance & Van Morrison, His Band and the Street Choir. From these two albums alone flowed a stream of enduring classics: And It Stoned Me, Moondance, Crazy Love, Caravan, Into the Mystic, Blue Money, Domino & I've Been Working.
In the half-century to pass since, Van Morrison has continued to write, perform and produce his distinct brand of Rhythm & Blues
Bruce Coughlan: lead vocals, guitar
Bruce is an award-winning singer/songwriter with a history of his own. A musical chameleon and interpreter, Bruce slips easily from one style to another, a talent he’s shared with audiences for over four decades through groups Bare Facts, The Hightops and Tiller’s Folly. Bruce’s fans will attest to his keen ability to vocally interpret dozens of iconic vocalists.
As both Celtic and Soul Music performer himself, Bruce won’t deny the inspiration Van Morrison has been in his own musical journey.
Laurence Knight: bass & vocals
Laurence toured and recorded with the Foreman Young Band, Shari Ulrich, Roy Forbes & Long John Baldry before he began working with Bruce back in the 1990’s and started Tiller’s Folly.
These two bandmates have shared thirty years of musical adventures throughout North America and the United Kingdom. Beyond Tiller’s Folly and Moondance, Laurence and Bruce tour with The Great Canadian Songbook & Voices for the Salish Sea.
Adam Rohrlick: guitar, keys and sax
Adam is a familiar face throughout the Vancouver music scene. He’s toured with Michael Bublé & Colin James and is a long-time member of Vancouver’s favorite party band Dr Strangelove.
Karen Graves: sax & vocals
Karen has worked with Bruce since back in the 1990’s when she was an auxiliary member of The Hightops. This vibrant force of nature has toured with Diana Krall, Temptations, & Long John Baldry.
Kyle Axeford: trumpet, guitar & vocals
Kyle is a core member of Gypsy Celtic band The Whiskeydicks and also performs with Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.
Greg Stuart: drums & vocals
Another long-time bandmate, Greg Stuart has joined Bruce and Laurence onstage and in the studio on a number of projects. Greg has toured with Frank Mills & Bo Diddley.