- 06 Sep 20
As part of our nightly YouTube series celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, Kaz Hawkins performs 'Full Force Gale', and shares her reflections on Van's music.
Belfast-born singer-songwriter Kaz Hawkins has crafted a unique soul and blues-influenced sound over the course of her career – wowing audiences around the world with her deeply emotional, honest performances.
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"I identify with the message of ‘Full Force Gale’. We've all been tempted down the wrong roads but fight to get back home. I left Belfast last year for a new life in France so it was the perfect song to pay tribute to him and Belfast. When I sang the lyric "I'll always find my way home" I got a little emotional thinking of everyone back there. I'll always be a Belfast Girl no matter where I am. Therefore I wanted my band and I to bring some fun to Van's 75th birthday party – just some good ole Belfast craic as best we could during a pandemic. It's all about the music, his music! I am only an interpreter, a watcher of the man's wonderment."
Watch Kaz Hawkins perform 'Full Force Gale' below:
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