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Archive for June, 2010

Dublin’s Grand Canal Theatre opened this year amid much fanfare. It’s a 2000-odd capacity theatre, situated in the Docklands, and designed by Daniel Libeskind. I managed to sneak my way in courtesy of my friend Dave O’Grady of Independent Records who, among other things, manages Josh Ritter. It was quite a strange experience as the staff obviously mistook me for someone important. I turned up and was ushered inside, up and down lifts, through the backstage area and eventually out onto a high balcony stage right. While this offered an incredible view of proceedings it was completely wrong for this type of photograph so, thanks to a co-operative lighting engineer, I ended up setting myself up downstairs at the back instead. (more…)

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This is the awesome Sea Dog, shot in Whelans, on the same night as the Patrick Kelleher photo I put up earlier.  It’s a 7.5 minute exposure taken, according to my notes, while they were playing a song called “Free Beer”. Sea Dog used to have three members but recently added a bass player to make it four. I’m still not used to this.

This blog got a bit of a plug in the Irish Independent last Friday, something I am very happy about. Check out what they had to say here.

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The Button Factory is fast becoming my favourite venue to shoot these pictures in. It’s got a great balcony that allows both the stage and the crowd to appear in the shot. On Sunday May 2nd they had another Dublin Metal Events gig going on there – this time with long-running English death metal stalwarts Bolt Thrower. I got in around 7:30 just before the the doors were opening and asked the promoter if there was a support act tonight. “Yeah” he said. “Four of them. Bolt Thrower should be on around 12AM”. (more…)

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Hairy psychedelia from San Fransicso courtesy of Wooden Shjips– what can go wrong? Well the first thing would be that your cable release breaks immediately after setting up the camera. You have to use a cable release for long exposure shots on the 4×5 film camera I use. You press the cable release once to open the shutter and press it again a few minutes later to close it. You try and remember to take the darkslide out before doing so and put it back it when finished. (more…)

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Right from the start I saw Dublin’s Vicar Street venue as being ideal for this project but it took me quite a while before I managed to get in there to try it out. The venue management were very helpful and open to the idea from the start, but the problem was that it’s a rare occasion when the Vicar Street balcony is not full of punters. My chance finally came on March 3rd thanks to Leagues of Foggy Notions who was promoting Daniel Johnston there. Johnston had the BEAM orchestra in tow which made for a pretty interesting gig and a more interesting photograph than I would otherwise have got. (more…)

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