Kaz Hawkins - Piano and Voice
Entry Requirements: Over 16's only
Kaz Hawkins Northern Ireland’s song writing songstress Kaz Hawkins is no longer its best-kept secret. Multi-award winning and unique with 'knock your socks off' vocals from an equally delicious firework of a character.
Full of life in her unmistakable trademark look and a stage presence that beckoned being more than solely a songwriter. Kaz’s stellar rise to success will be no surprise to fans around the world she has been wooing for years with her deep, powerful voice, original song writing and soulful tracks. Her piano and vocal tour will show Kaz’s love of gospel and soul and a step away from the blues she loves as she explores her own song writing. Kaz toured extensively across the UK with her band in 2016 after the release of their Feelin’ Good album. A recent USA solo promotional tour in December 2016 wowed American audiences as Kaz captivated them with her truthful no holds barred performances after which she has decided to release a piano and vocal album featuring Sam York.
The new album Don’t You Know will be launched at Belfast Cathedral on 22nd July 2017 in a special concert that will show the vulnerable side to Kaz Hawkins. Kaz has written a charity single on the album for Aware NI (National Depression Charity) as she continues her campaign to address mental health issues and will be donating a percentage of album sales on the night to the charity that she is also ambassador too.
Sam York Sam York is a songwriter and session musician, who has performed across the globe, working with artists including Tom Jones, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and Jack Bruce. After graduating with a 1st class degree in Music from York, he moved to London, where he secured regular residencies at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s jazz club as a guitarist, pianist and vocalist. He studied with British jazz greats, including Jason Rebello and Mike Walker, before turning his hand to songwriting in 2010. Since then, he has performed for the Queen at her Diamond Jubilee celebrations and to 100,000 people at the AFL finals in Melbourne. He currently lives in Gloucestershire in the UK from where he continues to write and perform.
Siobhan Brown The magical night will see Siobhan Brown (Manukahunney) making her first solo appearance as a songwriter as she steps out from the high energy soul band that is favourite around Catherdal Quarter. Siobhan has been a part of the NI music scene for years and has also sang with the late Sharon Jones when she visited Belfast.
One Love Choir A special performance by One Love Choir which made its debut in 2014 for The African Caribbean Support Organisation in Northern Ireland (ACSONI) the One Love the Musical production performed to a sell out show during Caribbean Week N.I.
*“I never thought people would get me or my music, every day I am so overwhelmed by the support around the world that we have. The only thing I can ever be is me, and when people enjoy what I give them, it makes my soul happy and I want to celebrate all that is good in life with them”. Kaz Hawkins
“What a vocal performance” Paul Jones BBC Radio 2
“The powerhouse of our Belfast blues queen and so much more” Ralph McLean BBC Radio Ulster*