I really enjoy music photography. Especially when you get blown away by somebody that is new to you. Monday night I photographed the re-launch of The Academy of Music and Sound Swindon. Nick Harper performed a master class to some of the students that were there that night. I have to say I was blown away by his sound/music he is so good. It really is worth checking him out. You may like it, you may not, but he is certainly very very good at what he does. I managed to have a chat with him and he is a really nice guy as well. I for one will go to one of his gigs to check it out properly.
Saturday night I was at the Wyvern Theatre again, this time to photograph Supreme Queen. They were awesome, what a performance and so much like the original Queen band. They were so good I got really carried away and shot nearly 1000 images. So I found it quite difficult to select and process them down to a reasonable level. This is just a very small selection of the gig. I am sure some people are against ‘tribute acts’ as they are not ‘the real thing’ but trust me, this band are awesome and well worth going to see.
Friday evening found me at The Wyvern Theatre. I had been allowed to go side of stage to take photos of Dick and Puss an Adult Panto. Well firstly what lovely lovely people they were or are should I say. They invited me up into the dressing room and I had such a lovely chat with them. They made me feel so welcome and at ease which of course is so important as I firmly believe that my (or any photographer for that matter) state of mind is reflected in the passion and quality of the photographs I (you) take. I like to think my photos are or border on art rather than just a ‘record’ of what went on.
Anyway, I laughed so much during the performance I sometimes found it hard to hold the camera steady. I like bawdy humour and it was bawdy but I and the audience really enjoyed it, and the audience joined in very enthusiastically.
So, if you ever get the chance to get to see them, do so, don’t take the kids though it is an hilarious adult panto.
Another quick update. This is from The 60’s Exerience at The Wyvern Theatre in Swindon. Excellent show, excellent music and excellent guys to work with. The bands included The Ivy League, Hermans Hermits, Swinging Blue Jeans and The Mersey Beats all compared by Alan Mosca of Freddy and the Dreamers.
A good night out.
Well, what can I say. I have had so much fun photographing and being ‘sort of’ involved with this years Pantomime Cinderella at the Swindon Wyvern Theatre. I have photographed and obviously met and chatted to all of the cast and I have to say what lovely lovely people, every one of them. Victoria Farley as Cinderella and Abigail Matthews as the fairy godmother are two just stunningly attractive and talented young ladies. Dickie Wood as Buttons and Cole Dunn as Dandini hugely talented young men. Ryan Thomas as Prince Charming is excellent. I have met many ‘famous’ people and some are not particularly friendly. Ryan is the opposite, he is so friendly and very modest and is as good in Panto as he was as Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street, indeed a star. And what can I say about David Ashley as Ballsy Brenda and Louie Westwood as Sweaty Betty the two Ugly Sisters that has not already been said. Both legends in the Panto world, just stunning performance and lovely people to talk to off stage. At times I couldn’t photograph them because I was laughing so much.
The chorus dancers (both teams) all juveniles, hugely talented and professional.
I also want to thank the technical team who have welcomed me and made me feel comfortable and almost ‘part of the crew’ and all of the staff of all of the departments that are just so friendly and helpful, they have all made me feel so much part of a ‘team’ which is something I have not experienced for many years.
It is at times like this I just love my job, well it isn’t even a job, I enjoy it too much.
I think most shows have been sold out but try to get tickets anyway. It is a must see Panto and you will not be disappointed.
Today’s update is of a shoot a couple of weekends ago. I was allowed to be back stage at The Wyvern Theatre Swindon for the performance by Ben, The countries finest Michael Jackson Tribute artist. This is the second time I have photographed Ben and it never ceases to amaze me just how realistic Ben is when ‘in character’. And as I am sure those of you who know me I love Michael Jackson music from way back when in the early 70’s to the present day so I for one really enjoyed the performance and was so lucky to see it from the side of the stage.
This is another act that I would definitely recommend you go see if you have the opportunity, you wont be disappointed.
Saturday evening found me at The Wyvern Theatre for the Bowieexperience a David Bowie tribute show. Well I was really really impressed with the show. He and the band sang most of Bowie’s hits and sang them well. I think it is true to say that it is not very often I see pretty much everybody in the theatre standing and dancing but they were at this show. He raised the roof and was just awesome, well worth the effort.
Another quick update before I rush out and mix it with the Chinese State Circus and Shaolin Warriors in a couple of hours. Rag ‘N’ Bone Man was on the same bill as Tom Odell. Now I had heard of him before but not really taken much notice. I am now a big fan of this guy. He was brilliant I was very very impressed. Reinforced by the fact that he is getting lots of air play and media attention at the moment.
Sunday evening found me at Gloucester Rugby Club and the Lionel Ritchie concert. It was and he was absolutely awesome. The guy is so professional, so polished, I could not fault his performance one little bit. And even if he had made a mistake it would have been forgotten. Within seconds of him being on stage the audience were up out of their seats dancing. And of course I love Lionel Ritchie’s music ever since I first heard him in the Commodores back in the 70’s. Like I say an awesome performance.
Was there any down side. Well yes. Firstly the rain, it poured it down. So on some of the images it is not dust on the lens it is raining so hard it is captured on the image. Even that wasn’t so bad. The real downer was that all the photographers were walked off the premises once we had shot the first three songs. I would have loved to have stayed for all of the concert but the management would not let us. Why? Well at a previous L.R. concert (Cannock Chase I think) the photographers were allowed to stay. Unfortunately one idiot (and there is always one) went into the audience and continued to shoot. I wont go into what happened to him as it is not clear but the result was that management now walks photographers out the pit and out the venue. I can understand why and would do the same. It s just disappointing when you get idiot photographers who do not know how to behave ruin it for the rest of us.
That apart it was AWESOME