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2023-05-25 The Muddy River Band - Moat Theatre, Naas

I headed along to the Moat Theatre in Naas last night to catch Willie Headon , Pete Kavanagh and Pat Silke , otherwise known as the Muddy River Band, play a selection of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Van Morrison. Now, I'm not a big fan of Dylan .  Yes, he is, without doubt, one of the finest songwriters ever, but his nasal drone just turns me off his singing.  As for Van ?  No, nope, never.  Went to see him once, he looked like he didn't enjoy it and I most certainly didn't either.  Still though, an incredible songwriter. Neil Young ...  What can I say about Neil Young...  As good a songwriter as the two above, but along with that, he rocks, I mean he really, really rocks.  I got to see him many years ago when he played Slane Castle in Meath.  What? Neil Young played Slane?  He most certainly did, and Pearl Jam were also on the lineup.  If you weren't there, you missed out! You're probably thinking to yourself, why did you even bother going MJ?  Well, the truth is, I

2023-05-14 Naas Bealtaine Festival

I missed the inaugural Naas Bealtaine Festival last year, and, as luck would have it, as I was busy trying to get a suntan on the south coast of Spain.  Don't judge me, it was my first chance to travel since the pandemic hit, and I was not going to miss it! However, after hearing who was headlining this years festival, I made sure to not miss out this year!  Who was headlining? Oh only one of my favourite bands ever, King Kong Company ! The Naas Bealtaine Festival is a free festival, no tickets required, all you have to do is turn up.  To make sure it all ran smoothly and to fit the largest crowd in, the Main Street of Naas was closed off to traffic, this doesn't happen all that often!  Up and down the Main Street was littered with food stalls, musicians and other street vendors and artists. Poplar Square, at the Dublin end of the town, was the home for the Main Stage. I'll be honest, I didn't venture up the town to the other stages, my back was in tatters, I was tired

2023-05-05 Stories for Boys - New York

It started off innocently enough... I was trying to get tickets to go see Bono play the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. With 3 different early access codes and trying Ticketmaster from my work and home PCs and also my phone, I thought 'this'll be easy'. I was wrong.  No tickets did I get. Roll on a few weeks, and some gigs were announced for New York.  For the craic, I tried for tickets.  Unbelievably, I had two in my basket within seconds.  After some quick words in the office, the purchase was made and plans were afoot. But, like life, not everything goes to plan and I was left with a spare ticket.  Now the decision was 'should I stay or should I go...'. If I go, it'll be a hefty hunk of change, but if I stay... Nah, I was never going to stay! Over the coming weeks, flights and accommodation were booked, as were tickets for other shows to go see whilst in NYC, and the countdown was truly on.  And before you say it, yes I know a 10,000km roundtrip is a crazy distan

2023-04-24 Concert for Ukraine - Vicar Street, Dublin

I got a message from Hally 4 days before this gig was due to take place wondering if I'd like to shoot it.  The details were scant, but it was a charity gig and a few names were mentioned. Well, I obviously said yes and so set in 4 days of panic and self doubt!  I was going to be the only one photographing the show.  What if they don't like my style?  What if my photos are out of focus?  What if?  What if?  What if?  Self doubt, it's an absolute bastard! Roll on the Monday of the show.  I took time off from the day job and was in Vicar Street for 2:00pm.  A few introductions later and I went off to wander around the venue, see where I might get some good shots from. As I was doing that, everyone else was doing their soundchecks, so every so often, I'd sit down and watch them do their thing.  I knew a few of the performers onstage, so thankfully after a few chats, the nerves started to fade. 7:30 came, doors were opened, stage lights went on and the show kicked off and