The Hollow


Van sings about 'the Hollow' in  Brown Eyed Girl. It was released as a single in 1967 and quickly became his most played song. Over the years it has remained a classic.

Look out for the tall electricity pylons located in the Hollow. Van refers to them in both You Know What They're Talking About and On Hyndford Street.

In 2011 Van was given a special award by the BMI in recognition of over 10 million US plays of Brown Eyed Girl, at the time 1 of only 10 songs to have achieved this status.

Connswater, an instrumental track from the 1983 album Inarticulate Speech of the Heart, refers to the river here at the Hollow, known locally as the Beechie River. The Connswater River forms in the Hollow, where the Knock and Loop rivers meet, and it flows through east Belfast, down to the sea at Belfast Lough.