Music by the Bay Live Presents The Music of Van Morrison
Saturday, February 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm$55
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“… Matt Weidinger and his stellar group of musicians have put together a live music gem” – Bob Hunt, The Blues Studio Sessions
“Matt’s interpretation of Van’s music is a deeply moving personal memoir of Celtic soul. Simply marvellous…Actually fantabulous!” – Bruce Hall, Grand Rivers Blues Society
Born decades after Van Morrison was creating some of his most enduring music, singer songwriter, Matt Weidinger, has a musical connection to the ’60s and ’70s, what he calls the golden age of record-making.
Anyone who’s seen him perform would agree with the “old soul” label, so it’s particularly fitting that he’s taking on the songs of an old soul master with his latest tribute to the music of Van Morrison. It’ll be something of a retrospective of Van the Man’s extensive song catalogue, with a particular focus on the early stuff that was Weidinger’s introduction to Morrison’s brand of Celtic soul.
“I started listening to Van Morrison in high school, with Astral Weeks … and then Moondance,” he says, soon uncovering a treasure trove of musical offerings. “He’s got a huge catalogue. With Van Morrison, there’s just so much to see, so much to discover.”
Morrison has been prolific, with dozens of albums to his credit since 1967’s Blowin’ Your Mind! Fifty years on. Weidinger’s own influences stem from the ’60s, as can be heard in both his vocals and his choice of music. Like Morrison, he began performing as a teen. For a relatively young performer, he’s already got more than a decade of experience under his belt that has earned him a solid following. In addition to singing and writing songs, he’s a multi-instrumentalist, equally at home on the piano, organ, guitar, bass and mandolin.