Presented by Avoca Beach Theatre in association with Laughing Bird Arts Association
A Tribute To Van Morrison
“VAN THE MAN” had its roots in the highly successful Sydney wine bar circuit of the 1970's. “Hogan & The Becketts” (the backbone of Van the Man) played all the hits through the 80's and 90's, with Van Morrison being one of the favourites.
In 1999 “Van the Man” was formed and started its career with a bang, being invited to perform at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
According to Richard Jinman of “The Age” ... “sound right .. oh yes! Van the Man do the business. Hogan has Van's jazzy vocal phrasing and gruff irish burr down pat. Hit or miss? Absolute HIT! “
“Van the Man” has gone on to perform for State of Origin fixtures, Bledisloe Cup Finals and sold out one of Sydney's premier live music venues, The Basement and was also flown to the U.S to perform at an exclusive function at the prestigious Chicago Yacht Club, after
Van Morrison himself was unavailable. Other premium venues include Lizottes, The Brass Monkey Cronulla, The Camelot Lounge Marrickville, The Hydro Majestic Hotel Medlow Bath, Centro CBD and The Clarendon Guesthouse in Katoomba.
Just recently at the Django Bar in Marrickville legendary music critic, Glenn A Baker professed that “My soul was truly warmed by the more than creditable renditions of Van Morrison's music. Van the Man had all the right ingredients. I'm not the first observer to note that these guys have nailed it.”
With exclusive appearances for the Packer family at their country retreat Ellerston, seven highly acclaimed tours of New Zealand and a recent triumphant performance at Norway's Music Festival in Kjollefjord, “Van the Man” is a must see for all Van Morrison fans, both young and old.
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