The singer learned to love music while listening to his dad’s Lead Belly records. On the eve of an Albert Hall gig celebrating the blues genius – he talks about his musical childhood in Belfast and early ambition to be … a vet
On Monday 15 June Van Morrison takes to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall – alongside Eric Burdon – Jools Holland – Billy Bragg – Eric Bibb and others – to pay tribute to Huddie Ledbetter – better known as the folk-blues legend Lead Belly. Lead Belly was one of the formative influences on Morrison – a constant in his life from the R&B of his days with Them – through his classic 60s and 70s albums – up to the present day.
He sat down with us to talk about his childhood – his parents’ love of music – about hearing the blues in Belfast – and about his dream of becoming … a vet.