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Radio debut for Van Morrison's first new single in four years

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New album: Van Morrison

New album: Van Morrison

New album: Van Morrison

The first Van Morrison single in four years received its world exclusive radio debut yesterday.

The track, Too Late, was showcased on BBC Radio 2 and is from Sir Van's upcoming album, Keep Me Singing, due for release on September 30.

Local Van fans have only weeks to wait to hear the new song live along with old favourites like Brown Eyed Girl and Days Like This, with four sold-out shows in the Slieve Donard and Culloden hotels.

But for disappointed fans without tickets it's still not too late as the star is performing live at a further seven UK dates this year starting with Bluesfest at London's O2 in October.

Keep Me Singing will be the east Belfast native's 36th album and features 13 tracks. Twelve are original compositions, including Going Down To Bangor and Memory Lane. A cover of the blues standard Share Your Love With Me is also featured as a tribute to Bobby Bland, who originally recorded the song.

Every Time I See A River was co-written with Don Black and Caledonia Swing features Van on piano and saxophone.

Meanwhile, BBC Radio Ulster presenter Ralph McClean has revealed how he has secured a rare interview with the reclusive singer that will be broadcast on his 71st birthday. "He's on great form talking about his forthcoming new album Keep Me Singing, his writing, his voice and revealing what keeps him going," he said.

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Class act: Van Morrison

Rory McIlroy meets Van Morrison at the Slieve Donard Hotel yesterday

Rory McIlroy meets Van Morrison at the Slieve Donard Hotel yesterday

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Intimate gigs: Van Morrison now plays small venues

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Cyprus Avenue in Belfast, where Van Morrison will play a concert on his 70th birthday (EastSide Arts Festival/PA)

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The Van Morrison tour map of Belfast

Van Morrison performing at his old school, Orangefield High

Van Morrison performing at his old school, Orangefield High

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Van Morrison's career spans five decades

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VAN MORRISON:IRISH SINGER.Receiving an honorary doctorate of letter from Lord Grey of Naunton, Chancellor at the University of Ulster graduation ceremony at Jordanstown.

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Van Morrison:Local Singer/Legend

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Them (including Van Morrison):Jazz/Pop Group

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Them (including Van Morrison):Jazz/Pop Group

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VAN MORRISON (CENTER) WITH THE CHIEFTAINS.

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