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After having exhibited a load of these photographs last year in Dublin, I am delighted to say that the show finally hits the road with an exhibition in Cork that opens at the end of this week. It’s happening in Plugd records which is housed within the Triskel Arts Centre on Tobin Street. The Triskel is a wonderful multi-purpose facility that includes a music venue, the Black Mariah art gallery, a cinema, a cafe, a theatre space and more. Plugd records is easily the best record shop in the country at the moment so I’m really excited about having my work on show in that space.

The music venue at Triskel is also fantastic and the photograph above is of The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock playing there a month or two back. It is one of a whole bunch of new photographs that are going to be in the exhibition. My original intention was to largely reuse work from my Dublin exhibitions last year but when it came down to it, there was too much new stuff that I liked so much that I couldn’t leave out. So, there are shots of The Gloaming, Jello Biafra, Dan Deacon, The Ex and Si Schroeder in there too. The exhibition will be in place on Friday and will run until the start of July. More information here.

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Here’s another shot from the Beyond The Bookshelf festival in Connolly Books last month. This is The Former Soviet Republic aka Ian Wright playing in the bookshop. I had the camera rammed between Ian and the door with most of the audience wondering what the hell that weird contraption behind Ian was.

This seems as good a time as any to announce that I will be having an exhibition of these photographs down in Cork next month. It takes place in Plugd records which is located in the Triskel Arts Centre. It opens on Friday 7th of June and then runs until the 6th of July. Looking forward to hanging these things up on a wall once more. . More details will be forthcoming soon. Sure have a listen to The Former Soviet Republic in the meantime.

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It’s been so long since I posted a picture up here. I have some really interesting ones that I have done recently but only very slowly getting around to processing, scanning and posting them. Last night I was shooting The Gloaming from the side of the stage in Vicar Street and two weeks ago I was down in Cork photographing The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock in Triskel Christchurch. The one above though is from the beginning of April and is Si Schroeder playing at the Beyond The Bookshelf micro-festival which takes place behind Connolly Books on Essex Street in Temple Bar. Connolly Books was established by members of the Communist Party of Ireland (history of the bookshop here) and stocks the city’s widest selection of Marxist and left-leaning literature. As far as I can figure out, Essex Street was also the location of Dublin’s long-gone occult/sci-fi/comics bookshop The Alchemists Head. I have dim memories of venturing down there as a teenager trying to find Harlan Ellison books, long before Temple Bar was turned into the country’s largest entertainment complex.

Anyway, you would never know it from the street, or even from inside the shop, but out the back of Connolly Books is a fully equipped state-of-the-art professional theatre space, The New Theatre, built by Mick Wallace in 2007. The Beyond The Bookshelf festival runs here once a year and is really three nights of gigs – some of which are in the theatre space, and some in the bookshop itself. This year they had Duke Special, Si Schroeder, The Pale and many more. I went along the night that Si Schroeder was playing and as well as taking some of the usual balcony-position shots, I set up the camera on the side of the stage and took some from that angle too. The photograph above is one of these. Because I was sitting on the stage and consequently feeling self-conscious I wasn’t taking notes so I don’t know how long the exposure was or what song it was. But it’s obviously the one where Mark plays guitar. I have some others from the festival that I will post in due course so stay tuned …

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Neil O’Connor and friends, aka the excellent Somadrone, playing in the Unitarian Church on Stephens Green a week or so ago. I had been meaning to try the photographs there for a while, and missed out on a couple of opportunties to do so over the last year, so thanks to Neil and the Skinny Wolves boys for facilitating it. (more…)

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Sometimes things don’t work out the way they are supposed to. The photograph above is an accident, a screw-up, caused by an inadvertent double exposure. The bottom half of the frame is Washed Out, playing on the main ATP stage on the Saturday afternoon. The top half is something else entirely. I think its Caribou, but I’m not entirely sure. What probably happened here is that I took a photograph during the Battles set, put the holder with the exposed film back in my bag, took it out again the next day while Caribou were playing, and accidentally made another exposure on the same sheet of film. (more…)

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On the Saturday night of ATP, while watching the fantastic Bitch Magnet in the Reds venue, I noticed a small wedge-shaped area on the right of the stage that wasn’t being used for anything. I started thinking about how good it would be to be taking photographs with the camera actually on the stage as opposed to from the audience’s point of view. I made some enquiries the next morning, and again thanks to some incredibly helpful folk who work at ATP, I found myself later that day setting up the 4×5 on the stage just as The Ex were getting ready to play. (more…)

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Les Savy Fav at ATP Nightmare Before Xmas 2011This is Les Savy Fav playing on the first day of ATP Nightmare Before Xmas in December 2011. They played twice, kicking things off in the smaller Reds venue late afternoon, and then closing the night on the main stage at 1 in the morning or so. This photo was from the earlier set and is, I think, an exposure of about 4 minutes, taken during whatever song in which singer Tim Harrington was playing a keyboard for. (more…)

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Last month I got to do something pretty exciting. I’ve been going to the All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP) festivals in the UK on and off for years now. For those of you who are unfamiliar this is the basic deal. ATP take over the Butlins holiday camp at Minehead, near Bristol, for a weekend (they used to run them in the less salubrious Camber Sands). They invite someone (usually a musician, a band) to ‘curate’ a music festival there for the weekend. They then invite all sorts of other artists who they like, were influenced by, or regularly go drinking with, to come and play also. As a punter, you stay in one of the chalets on site, which beats the hell out of some smelly tent, though invariably the chalet ends up just as smelly as a tent by the end of the weekend – but at least you’re dry. (more…)

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Here’s another quick one. This is the mighty Pinback from San Diego playing in The Button Factory last week – a great band who are not as well known on this side of the Atlantic as they deserve to be. This is an exposure of 4 minutes 51 seconds and is the first song they played. I can’t remember what song it was and forgot to write it down. The gig was an absolute joy, sometimes you can’t beat a bunch of guys who know what they’re doing just playing their songs really really well. Good times all round. (more…)

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Next weekend a very strange event is taking place in Dublin. The world’s third Black Metal Theory Symposium will happen in the Pint Bar on Eden Quay, during the afternoon of Sunday 20th of November. There is going to be a series of talks with titles like On the Mystical Love of Black MetalFolding a Cadaverous Scream: The Disharmonious Flesh of Recombinant Horror, and “The Hopeless Soul Keeps Mating”: Notes on Black Metal and Contemporary Fiction. Scanning through the abstracts you will find references to thinkers like Deleuze, Kant and Bataille, and to concepts like speculative realism, queer theology, and medieval mystical discourse. After this series of talks, which include breaks for “refreshments”, there will be performances from Eternal Helcaraxe and Wound Upon Wound. Seriously, I can’t think of a better way of spending a Sunday afternoon and evening. (more…)

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