As we say goodbye to 2017 a quick look back
My friends from One Voice Community Choir performed at the Harris Preston. It was a great night.
The Sherlocks had another great year and just keep going from strength to strength. I also witnessed the fastest guitar string change by a vary talented tech.
Jordan Allen played an amazing set at 53 degrees Preston and is a name that will be all over 2018.
Rum Thief performed a charity night at Factory Manchester. Well done mate great night.
Orchid Hunters giving it plenty at Factory
Blackthorn Music Festival was once again one of the best weekends of the year. Brilliant music and staff thanks again to the Hancock family for the invite.
Sage Francis and BDolan performed in Preston. I feel lucky to have been able to watch BDolan on several occasions and it is always a great night.
Martha and the Vandellas yes the legend, played a full set and then stayed back to meet members of the audience at Live Preston
Jess Kemp put on a charity night at the Station Irlam with great acts to raise money for the Christie.
Huge thanks to all the great performers for asking me to shoot their nights. Thanks to the promoters and staff at the venues for accommodating me at the gigs.
Thanks to all the other gig photographers for their advice and letting me share a pit with them. All the best for 2018
Jess Kemp is a performer that I have seen many times and always enjoy her music. She called me to ask if I could shoot a charity night that she was putting on at the Station Irlam. I checked the date and was pleased to let her know I could make it. Then the fun began.
My car was leaking fluid and so that was not an option but not a problem the venue was a railway station. I could catch a train and even spoil myself with a pint or 2. I checked the times and the last one left at 22:00 no good. I got little V out of the garage and attached a case with my camera equipment to to the pillion seat and fired her up. It was an interesting ride on a dark foggy winter night but I made it.
The venue is the old station on the platform of Irlam station. It had been completely renovated and now housed rail memorabilia as well as a small bar and comfortable seating. The gig was to be in the coal yard room which is a great room with painted adverts on the brick walls. The lighting is edison style bulbs hanging from the roof beams. A christmas tree and fire in the corner gave the room real atmosphere. A banner across the back wall reminded me of the purpose of the evening as well as to entertain was to raise funds for The Christie.
Olivia Jade stepped up to the microphone and showed what great voice she has. At the request of Jess she even performed a christmas number I am a real christmas grump but even I enjoyed it!
Ashley Sherlock is a performer that I have been aware of and have wanted to see for a while and he did not disappoint. Great voice and guitar playing made for a wonderful set.
Carl North normally plays with his band the lonely hearts but tonight he was one man with his guitar. I knew from the first few chords I was going to like his music. Hard hitting blues riffs and a strong voice filled the room. A brilliant performance and I can't wait to see him with his band next year.
The raffle. It had to happen you can't have a fundraiser without a raffle! It also gave Sam who had sorted out the sound for the night to switch to performance mode. Jess and Sam compliment each other so well and with a medley of their great songs the room was alive. Jess has song lyrics with real meaning to her and also friends in the room I also enjoy the way she stamps out the base line with a stomp box. Sam switched guitars and styles as he accompanied her. I was really impressed he also included slide guitar to one of the songs. The final song showed how skilled they both are on the guitar as the tempo increased to a crazy level.
Many thanks to Jess for inviting me down.
Thanks to all the performers for a great night and the Station at Irlam for the perfect venue.
Thursday night in Preston is not always the wildest of places to party tonight was different.
I picked up a friend and we headed to the Ferret unfortunately we were too late to enjoy their great food. I was impressed at the number of people already in the venue.
The first band on stage were Live at the Arcade and what a great start to the night. This scouse 4 piece were selected by BBC introducing and it was easy to see why. The songs Tied up and Obsessed are on their web site and are worth checking out.
Sheafs have a great following and played a brilliant set. The new song This is not a protest had the room singing along as well as going crazy on the dance floor. This is another band that have been all over the BBC as wells playing some big stages. This is one band I would love to see in 2018 especially to see the front man going for it on a big stage.
I had a disagreement with my friend Chris about Jordan Allen. He loved his purple paisley shirt I was less convinced. This is the only disagreement that we had as both agreed he is a great performer and with the band put on a great show. Jordan keeps going from strength to strength producing more great music. If you have not seen or listened to this band do it. Also full credit to the Allen army who sang along to every song.
This is one gig were the room felt at capacity from the first song by the first band to the last song. Thanks to Jordan for inviting me down. All the bands for amazing performances. The Ferret team for their hospitality.
I was quite excited when I heard that BDolan was going to perform again in Preston. I was very excited when Dan agreed to let me photograph the night.
It was a cold wet windy day as the tail end of the hurricane hit Preston. I was pleased to be in the venue out of the weather. BDolan was already laying out merch which included great looking vinyl. It was probably a good job that I don't take a lot of cash with me!
The first act of the night was Person A who took to the stag with a good number of people in the venue. He performed a great set which went down well and had everyone warmed up. He performed a song accompanied by Tom on guitar dedicated to friends who are off traveling which went down well.
BDolan cuts a menacing figure as he stands in his black jacket hood shades onup back to the crowd. The background music level rises and BDolan starts his narration. The songs flow with the crowd instantly joining in singing along to the backing samples and responding to BDolan call and responses.
I am fortunate enough to have seen BDolan perform twice before and his songs seem more relevant now than ever. Look up the song "Who's side are you on".
The set went down really well with a good crowd making the room bounce to many of the songs.
I have listened to Sage Francis and was excited to see him live. He did not disappoint. He has a really clever set of lyrics and a lot of energy. He ran around the stage as he performed his songs and the crowd loved them all.
BDolan came back on stage to join Sage and they performed together. Individually they are great together they are even better.
At the end of the gig both performers left the stage and spent a long time chatting to fans and signing autographs.
Thanks to staff at 53 degrees
Thanks to all 3 performers for a great night
Big thanks to Dan for inviting me down and getting these brilliant performers to Preston.
I had a walk from the car to the venue and fired a few shots off while walking there is always plenty to shoot in Blackpool.
Bootleg is a subterranean bar with a nice vibe. It has various areas including bar area with tables, pool table, comfortable chairs and the stage area. The stage is low and relatively small. There is no pit or barriers for photographers.
The sound at the venue was good unfortunately the lighting was terrible. As ever I worked with what I had.
The Surrenders were the first band on and payed a great set. I had not heard this band before but I really enjoyed their set.
No Hot Ashes were next to take to the stage and they didn't disappoint. The size of the stage restricted the dancing and on stage antics. I was pleased that they sounded as good as I remembered and the crowd seemed to enjoy the set as much as I did.
Unfortunately it was 23:45 when they finished which resulted in me doing a cinderella style sprint for the door.
Thanks to the bands for entertaining me
Thanks to MR Peeps for the invite
Cheers to Bootleg Blackpool for the invite.