Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Henry McCullough and Van Morrison

Van The Man has stepped in to help disabled guitar ace Henry McCullough.  Once again Van Morrison has proved that underneath his gruff exterior there beats a real heart of gold. When Van found out that musician pal Henry McCullough, who suffered a massive heart attack, was having trouble showering he had a special wet room built in McCullough's house.

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Henry, 70, is looked after by his wife Josie and now uses a wheelchair but cannot speak, although he can still see and hear. Van's generosity made life a lot easier for McCullough and his wife. 

Early last year a fund raising concert was held in Dublin’s Vicar Street for Henry.  Fellow musicians rallied around to raise cash for McCullough, who now requires constant care. When Henry had the heart attack he suffered from a lack of oxygen to the brain which has left him permanently impaired.

McCullough is most famous for his work with Wings. He originally came from Portstewart, County Antrim, but travelled the world playing his guitar with the likes of Sweeney’s Men, Eire Apparent, Spooky Tooth and Joe Cocker & The Grease Band.

With Cocker and his band, Henry was the only Irish man to perform at the legendary Woodstock festival in upstate New York and can be seen in the movie of the event.  He then went on to join McCartney’s Wings as lead guitarist, after The Beatles split up. Always his own man, Henry left the band before Wings recorded one of their biggest commercial hits, Band On The Run.

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