Patti Smith, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Josh Ritter, Glen Hansard and Todd Rundgren are among the line-up for a special tribute concert for Van Morrison at Carnegie Hall this Thursday, March 21.

The concert is being organised by businessman Michael Dorf, who has organised a number of similar events which have honoured artists such as Prince, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones.

All the concert proceeds - $1.5m (€1.3m) in total to date - have benefited a charitable cause.

On Friday, Morrison's The Healing Game album is being re-released in a deluxe 3-CD edition, including 34 unreleased tracks.

Originally released in 1997, The Healing Game saw the song-writer and musician revisit the jazz and rhythm and blues-inspired style that influenced his earliest work.

His band on those sessions included saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis, Georgie Fame and bassist Alec Dankworth.

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