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I haven’t posted any new pictures up here in some time. Summer is a pretty slack time for interesting gigs anyway so I decided to take a bit of a break from it for a while. I did go down to Cork last week though to take down the exhibition I had running in Plugd, and while I was there I took the opportunity to photograph Orchestra Of Spheres who were playing at the Half Moon theatre. It’s a pretty cool venue for a number of reasons beyond the fact that it has a big stage, nice layout and good sound. Firstly, it has giant gargoyles sitting on top of the speaker stacks. Every venue should have this. Secondly, and of far more significance, it was the place that Guided By Voices played their one and only Cork gig back in 2002. I wish I hadn’t been told this, because even as I was sitting on the balcony thoroughly enjoying the completely intoxicating psychedelic tribal party music of Orchestra Of Spheres, I kept imagining that it was Robert Pollard down there singing Motor Away. Great gig though all the same, and thanks to Albert for this and many other things besides.

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This is Thomas Bartlett, Iarla Ó Lionaird, Martin Hayes, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Dennis Cahill, otherwise known as The Gloaming, playing in Vicar Street a few weeks ago. An amazing gig and an amazing experience to be watching it all while photographing from the side of the stage. It was set up for me by Paul O’Connor at The Journal Of Music, who published the photo and also a short article I wrote to accompany it.  Big thanks to Paul, and also to Leagues O’Toole, Dennis Herlihy, Gary Sheehan and Iarla Ó Lionaird for helping make this happen.

The photograph above is also one of the prints that are in my current exhibition which is on view in Plugd at the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork. I went down last Thursday to set it all up and thanks are also due to Albert and Jim of Plugd for being so incredibly helpful and supportive. It’s going to be on until the beginning of July so do pop in and have a look if you find yourself in Cork city centre over the next few weeks.

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