Posted: November 5, 2014 7:22am

It is one of those nights I  will never forget, I was lucky enough to get invited to the opening of Nells, a new Jazz and Blues venue in West Kensington.

There was such a buzz as we entered the building, we all felt we were in for something special.

This new venue reminded me of how I used to go out and see bands, watch live music and how I felt alive, exhilarated and also a bit cool!

Sitting there, children, work and the humdrum of life seemed miles away.

The venue is well laid out so you have a great view of the stage and the acoustics were superb.  There is also a stylish long bar at the back of the venue.

I have always loved Van Morrison, he is right up there with my love of Barbra Streisand and Elvis and to be able to hear such a legend up close in such an intimate venue felt truly thrilling.

He blew us all away, the voice, the humour , the songs and his amazing band.

As an Irish person living abroad, there are some songs that are so visceral that they bring a real touch of home to you and listening to Van Morrison does that to me.

It evokes all the things I love about Ireland, the changing weather, the beauty of the countryside and our love of great music and people.

So get on to itunes and get downloading, I am listening to his greatest hits as I write this and though it’s almost eleven and I have been up since six, I feel grand!

I will be heading back to Nell’s soon and have booked tickets to see the amazing Mary Coughlan on the 22nd of November.

 

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The gorgeous and amazing stylist to the stars, Joanne Black

 

My concert attire, my favourite Topshop leather leggings and a vintage t-shirt!

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