Van Morrison follows in footsteps of Clapton and Weller for intimate Cranleigh concert

PUBLISHED: 14:26 18 December 2014 | UPDATED: 14:31 18 December 2014

Van Morrison plays intimate Cranleigh concert (Photo: Rob Blackham /

Van Morrison plays intimate Cranleigh concert (Photo: Rob Blackham /


World famous rock stars appearing on stage at Cranleigh Arts Centre is now just as much of a festive tradition as putting up a Christmas tree.

Thanks to the centre’s honorary patron, The Manfreds’ Paul Jones, their annual charity concerts have seen stars such as Paul Weller, Eric Bibb, Shakin Stevens and Eric Clapton gracing the stage.

On Monday December 15, an expectant audience of around 300 was not disappointed when rock and blues legend Van Morrison walked on stage to join Paul Jones and The Boom Band.

Audience members were treated to hits such as Whenever God Shines His Light, Real Real Gone and Down by the Riverside.

Paul Jones and the Boom Band, which includes retired England and Surrey batsman Mark Butcher on guitar, provided seamless backing to Van Morrison.

Succeeding the late Sir Harry Secombe, Paul Jones became patron of Cranleigh Arts Centre in 2007 and his annual charity gigs provide a significant contribution to help sustain the excellent small arts venue.

This year’s charity gig was partly dedicated to Paul’s friend and musical associate Jack Bruce, a former member of Cream, who died earlier this year.

Joining Paul at the second sold out gig was Robin Trower of Procol Harum, Sarah-Jane Morris of the Communards and blues harmonicist, Paul Lamb.

All of the musicians appeared at both events for free and the proceeds raised this year, in the region of £20,000, will be split between Cranleigh Arts Centre (itself a registered charity), Jack Bruce’s chosen charity, the East Anglian Children’s Hospice, and a charity of Van Morrison’s choosing.

• To be in with a chance of securing one of the “hottest tickets in town” next Christmas, Cranleigh Arts Centre’s Friends membership scheme entitles members to priority booking. For further information, contact


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