Last Friday saw Haven host their annual Rugby Lunch in The Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge, part of which was awarding Munster fly-half Rónan O'Gara with the 2014 Outstanding Contribution to Irish Rugby award. Also present were Haven ambassadors; presenter George Hook and chef Clodagh McKenna.
I spent today in Windmill Lane studios in Ringsend, Dublin. Primarily as a piano player, working on a new record with Irish artist Cat Dowling, I also had my camera with me and took some photos when my hands were free. Guitarist Gerry Horan took a few on it also.
I spent a long day in Whelan's yesterday taking photos of many people and many things. Firstly, a portrait session with Ham Sandwich up in the parlour bar, followed by not one, not two, not three, but FOUR completely seperate gigs in various rooms across the venue over the following 5 hours. Hozier jammed the main room, Pamf rocked the front bar, Dirty Epics owned the upstairs venue and Mike Skinner from The Streets closed the night with DJ Set!
I met Andrew first when we were both session musicians in Billy Ocean's band one night on the Saturday Night Show in RTE. He was a backing vocalist and I was a posey keyboard player. I learnt shortly after that fact that he was also a songwriter, and, was working with Rubyworks, a label who I do a lot of portrait and press photography for. Naturally, the day came where I was hired to do some press shots for Andrew. We went out to Greystones at 6am on a Sunday morning and climbed up on the roof of an abandoned hotel looking out over the sea. Andrew asked if my camera could shoot video and if it would be cool to record a quick song. This is the result...
Roll on a few short months and Andrew is exploding in a sense. The video for his song 'Take Me To Church' which was released reasonably recently has been viewed well over a million times. Two days ago, a short notice gig was announced in Whelans. Yesterday morning the tickets went on sale and it sold out within 28 minutes I've heard. I'm going in and hopefully have some shots to share here later.
For the morbidly curious, here we both are with Billy Ocean. Learning to play with my left hand is on my to-do list..
Seattle indie/folk/rock band The Head and the Heart stuffed Whelan's to the brim last night. Drummer Tyler Williams seems happy about it anyway!
Last weekend, very late on a Sunday night, I found myself wrapping up tight in my warmest northface jacket and venturing into the woods on the mountainside South of Dublin city. Here I discovered local band Heroes in Hiding in the throws of shooting a music video. After generator issues left us in total darkness for a while, I crept around taking creepy behind the scenes photos while the video shoot was wrapping up. Then they posed for about 40 seconds while I took some quick portraits, before quickly getting back to warmth of the car heater.
Here's the finished video...
On Friday night I had the pleasure of squeezing through the punters in Whelan's and grabbing a front row spot at Maximo Park. Paul Smith and his brit-pop bandmates have endured a massive 10 year career with 5 albums and countless tours which have placed them on some of the biggest stages in the world, so, seeing them in the relatively small Whelan's main venue was quite a treat. I got in early to secure a good spot and so was pleasantly surprised by support band Sleep Thieves too.
Always nice to get a retweet from the band too!
So ORB is the official new name for Irish acoustic hip hop group The Original Rudeboys. Not my first shoot with these guys, and certaintly not my first time in the parlour bar above Whelan's, so we had some fun trying to find some original angles. These three know how to relax and have a bit of fun infront of the camera.
Clodagh McKenna is a woman I've been working with for the past year or two. She's a fantastic chef, restaurant owner, tv personality and all-round wonderful person. This week she ran an event in her restaurant in Blackrock raising money for the Haven charity which builds houses in Haiti among other things. As part of Haiti week, she hosted an array of Haitian chefs and musicians for a night. I was happy to oblige taken photos of the food and festivities on the night.