Stanley Invites Us Back

May 23, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Its the second night of Lancashire Briefs Monologues part of the Lancashire fringe Festival. I recognise some faces from the previous week but also a lot of new people. The format was the same as the previous week with seven actors performing monologues written by local writers. The layout of the room was the same but with more people standing at the backs of the room as all seats were taken.


The stories again were again on a wide variety of subjects and all were brilliantly acted. The range of topics included death, crime, age and more. Im not giving away details of the stories as Im sure they will be read and performed many more times. 

Again the capacity crowd were enchanted by each performance and were moved by the portrail of the characters. A lot of credit should be given to the writers and performers for a very entertaining evening. 

Thanks to Garry for the invitation to shoot. He is also responcible for this amazing 10 day festival.

The Stanley Arms were again great hosts for the evening.

Not lost just not where I should be

May 23, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

I had the opportunity to take a couple of shots of an orienteering competition organised by Pendle Forest Orienteering club. The club was held at Brun valley in Burnley.


There were two competitions on the day a junior and senior event. 

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The event was really well organised and fascinating to watch. The routes includes hard short climbs, made paths, woodland, parks and some very wet ground.

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All the competitors seemed to really enjoy the event and had a great morning.



Jess Kemp at Deaf Institute

December 29, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Its happened twice and must therefore be a tradition. The Jess Kemp Christmas Gig. 

Due to the popularity of the night it had to be moved to a larger venue. Thankfully that venue was the Deaf Institute which is one of my favourite venues. 

While waiting for the music to start I looked around the bar and recognised a lot of faces. The kemp family and friends were out in force. I also noticed the main man of Manchester gig photography Trust a Fox not only is he a great photographer he is also a top man. 

The night started with Evie who sang and played keys beautifully, the already full room feel silent as her voice floated across the room. What an amazing set really looking forward to seeing her perform again in future.

Jordan Drinkwater was next up to face the crowd. He played guitar and was accompanied throughout his set. The set was great with a cover of the best Christmas song ever written. Jordan is all over social media and well worth looking up.


















The stage fills with the band and then Jess takes her position centre stage. The set included many of the classics that Fans of Jess would recognise, Vondel Park, two coins and Camden. As well as some newer tracks. The band sounded great and really added depth to the songs. 

















I special mention has to go to Sam his playing was incredible and he never fails to impress.
















Thanks to Deaf Institute for the hospitality

Thanks to Kemp family and friends for tolerating me getting in the way.

Big thanks to Jess for the invite and great night of music.

Top Flight

November 12, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

I was invited to attend and shoot the BCMA awards 2019. The event was being held at the Concorde Hanger at Manchester Airport. I walked towards the venue and got my first view of the concorde through the giant windows. What an iconic and stunning machine.

Entering the venue a red carpets leads into the main hanger the engineering masterpiece spans the space with decorated table arranged under its iconic wings. There are 2 stages and a band are sound checking and sounding great. I am now really excited for the night. 


















A guide from the centre invites a group to board the concorde and gives a brilliant informative and entertaining talk about the aircraft and some of its famous passengers. While on the plane I get to hear the second song of the night as a group of friends have a sing along in the aisle of the plane.

I meet up with the other photographers and Karl, Laura and team from Buckle and Boots festival who are responsible for this event. As more guests arrive the music starts on the main stage. There is a real mix of dinner suits, cocktail dresses, boots and hats anything goes and all the attendees seem ready for a fun night of great music and awards.

The night continued alternating between performances from both British and American artists on the main stage and presentation of awards on the second stage. The one thing that comes across in all the speeches is the mutual support for all involved in the industry. This included artists encouraging other artists to festivals encouraging people to attend the other festivals. 

















The music continued as did the drinking dancing and party. What a brilliant event in a unique venue.


















All the artists are well worth checking out even if you don't think its your style of music.

Gary Quinn, Emma Jade, Gareth Nugent, American Young, Lewis Brice, Twinnie, William Michael Morgan, Stevie O Connor and Kezia Gill


















































































Huge thanks to the amazing artists for entertaining me, staff at the hanger for their hospitality, all the guests I photographed during the night, my fellow togs and the festival family for the invitation to join your party.


No Flat Cap No Ferret

May 17, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Thursday Night and I'm in the pub. The Stanley Arms in Preston waiting for a series of monologues to be performed by Lancashires Peoples Theatre the night is part of Lancashire Fringe Festival. The festival consist of over 20 performances in 7 venues across the city covering 10 days. 

It feels a bit alien to me as a gig photographer there is no stage, no lighting rig, no security and no pit. There are chairs arranged in rows facing the centre of the room and they are full. There is still 10 minutes before the night is due to start and people are already standing at the backs of the room. The various actors performed in the centre of the room which resulted in a really intermit feel to the night.

All seven actors were amazing they played the roles so convincingly I was almost surprised at the end when we were introduced to some of the writers. The acts were very different but each really seems to stir emotions, from humour in the story of romance at Darwin Tower, sadness in a story of grief, hope and triumph in pregnancy and all available emotion in the watching of kids football. I glanced around the audience and very word was being absorbed, considered and believed by the audience. 

I was surprised that just over an hour had passed as the final act finished. I was disappointed as I could have watched another hour so good was the night.

As with all events at this festival there is no charge. A bucket is by the exit for any donations which from this performance were being donated to an arts charity.

If you don't think spoken word sound like your thing this is the best way to give it a go. No expensive upfront tickets just top class performances in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

Thanks to Gary for organising the festival and inviting me to shoot the night. Thanks to staff at Stanley Arms for their hospitality and all involved with such a memorable performance. 


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