On the 13th of September 2014, in a location every bit as stunning as it was remote, Belfast based International Singer-Songwriter Kaz Hawkins and her “Band O’ Men” took to the stage of The Vidlin Hall, impeccably styled and ready for action. This was Saturday night after all, headlining at the 11th Shetland Blues Festival, the first night of her UK Tour and the realization of a dream.
Opening with “Don’t make Momma cry” the overwhelming powers of Kaz Hawkins seduction began, with a set list comprising mostly of songs from her highly acclaimed début album “Get Ready”, one or two new arrangements and a couple of covers performed the “Kaz” way. Describing how her life experiences were the very seeds to her song writing, Kaz bared her heart and magically channelled her incredible voice.
Emoting love, loss, hurt and sadness in equal measures, this powerful songstress armed with her phenomenal vocal range, unleashed her more wild and ferocious side. Lyrics of empowerment, freedom, peace, strength and determination were all over these songs. Alongside all The Blues and Soul, musically we travelled seamlessly much more up tempo. “Shake”, for example, is impossible to remain still to, and “Cos You” has a wonderful disco sound. Kaz hit all those infamous high notes with ease and reached for her lows. Just over half way through this vision of “vintage pin-up polka-dot perfection”, Kaz Hawkins ripped the pretty red ribbon from her bright blue hair, kicked off her shoes, had a drum-off and even took to the dance floor at one point for a good boogie, as her “Band O’ Men” happily played on.
Kaz Hawkins is a performer, a woman who has an almighty stage presence, oozing sensuality with every note she sings. Although very familiar with the album “Get Ready” and her repertoire of songs, nothing could have prepared me for experiencing Kaz Hawkins live. I hadn’t antisipated or expected the explosion of energy, the penetrating wall of sound, the personal and intimate interaction Kaz orchestrated with her audience, nor the adrenaline I felt watching and listening to this spectacle unfold before my eyes.
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