- 02 Sep 20
As part of our nightly YouTube series celebrating Van Morrison's 75th birthday, The Ocelots perform 'Give Me A Kiss', and share their reflections on Van's music.
Wexford twins Brandon and Ashley launched their career as The Ocelots in 2016 – crafting their sound as they busked across Europe. Following extensive touring and high-profile support slots for the likes of Jack Johnson and Glen Hansard, they released their long-awaited debut album, Started To Wonder, earlier this year.
* * * * *
"Van's music reminds me of being drunk, playing sessions in Inishbofin. It brings me so much joy to imagine being there again. Ryan Tubridy was actually in the crowd one night – completely overwhelmed by his random intake of Van Morro sorrows by four Wexford lads on a crazy island.
"Van Morrison makes everyone's list of favourite Vans in the world – ours being Van Morrisson, Van Halen, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Transit Van, and, of course, Van-essa Hudgens."
Watch The Ocelots perform 'Give Me A Kiss' below:
Take a look at the spectacular line-up for the next week of 'Rave On, Van Morrison' below:
- Thurs Sept 3, Lyra A New Kind Of Man (7pm); Ryan Sheridan When The Leaves Come Falling Down (8pm)
- Fri Sept 4, Cathal Coughlan Come Here My Love (7pm); Brand New Friend Wonderful Remark (8pm)
- Sat Sept 5, Dea Matrona Gloria (7pm); Therapy? Gloria (8pm)
- Sun Sept, 6, Jealous Of The Birds Saint Dominic's Preview (7pm); Kaz Hawkins Full Force Gale
Hot Press is also publishing a Van Morrison Special Issue, to coincide with ‘Rave On, Van Morrison’, featuring written contributions from the legendary likes of Hozier, Sinéad O’Connor, Gary Lightbody, Damien Rice, Imelda May and Damien Rice, as well as special homages from international artists Brandon Flowers, Steve Van Zandt and Matt Berninger. In addition, you'll find the highlights of our recent exclusive interview with Van – who discusses the Belfast he grew up in, ‘Gloria’, Jim Morrison, Lenny Bruce, the real inspiration for Astral Weeks and his extraordinary work as a songwriter.
This historic publication is a must-have for Van Morrison fans all over the world, and is available to order now.