Monday, 13 August 2018

Music and Art Edinburgh festival

Mogwai
*ART
Scottish Photography at the City Arts Centre -  charting the development of fine art photography in Scotland. The exhibition features work by a range of historic and contemporary artists - Hill and Adamson, Thomas Begbie, Joseph McKenzie, David Williams, Maud Sulter, Wendy McMurdo, Calum Colvin, Christine Borland and Dalziel + Scullion. https://edinburghartfestival.com/whats-on/detail/in-focus-scottish-photography

Rembrandt at the National galleries Mound. 
Victoria Crowe: Beyond Likeness– Scottish Portrait gallery - https://edinburghartfestival.com/whats-on/detail/beyond-likeness (also A Certain Light at the Scottish gallery)  #edartfest

*MUSIC on offer at Edinburgh festival caters for every taste – from guitar blues, live folk sessions,, grand opera, lively musicals, fun acapella choirs, exciting live shows, intimate concerts Queens hall - Blue Rose Code, Lindisfarne, Blazin Fiddles; and impressive classical orchestras – which include Scottish and international artists; long term favourites such as Tom Jones and Brian Wilson; contemporary performers such as Paloma Faith, Rag n Bone Man; progressive rockers Mogwai at the Leith theatre; folk artists. 

Blue Rose Code

There is the Summer Nights at Princes street gardens- 
Monday 6th August: Tom Jones, with Into The Ark 
Thursday 9th August:
 Bastille, and The Vaccines, and Retro Video Club 
Tuesday 14th August:
 Rag n Bone Man, with Grace Carter, and The LaFontaines 
Friday 17th August:
 Paloma Faith, with Ward Thomas 
Saturday 18th August:
 Kasabian, plus special guests
Sunday 19th August:
 Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds, with Al Jardine + Blondie Chaplinand Beat Root Revival
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#edfringe
#edmusicfest

COMEDY is of course the main event with many respected and well known comedians appearing – Pleasance venue, Underbelly and many more.

VENUES – Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival theatre, George Square theatre, Pleasance, Lyceum, 
Make time for a walk up the Royal mile and down the Mound to Princes street to savour the unique, colourful and often very obscure street entertainment!  Well worth it. Hope the weather holds…..




Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Why Photos Matter


One of my main focuses with photography is making music images.

Some musicians understand the importance of good photos for their promotions. 
I believe that a great image has a great significance for an artists career. Then again perhaps great artists make great images?
The reverse is that a poor image can have unfortunately a detrimental effect on prospects. 

A few of the great images that have inspired me. I was always inspired by great images in those Life magazines way back and then by those jazz images.... I love the stories in great images... 



Frank Sinatra Albert hall London
When I arrived at the the Royal Albert hall London in November 2012 - I thought wow - to take an image like this of Frank Sinatra on stage....
I read of a photographer just happening to be at the right place, at the right time and was taken on a Paul McCartney’s photographer for his tour. Wow, I thought maybe one day too I would take images of some of my all time musical heroes. And I have – Elton John, Fleetwood, Dylan, and yes McCartney too..
Here are a few of my top photos that have been used for artists promotions. 

Hurts

I continue to cover concerts, festivals and events, while I do focus on several other projects too. So why has music been a focus for my photography? Music has always been a life long passion since I played piano songs at the age of seven and art is another big passion.
The great thing has been combining the two with music photography. 

My other focus is portraiture, which is no easy task and a patient challenge to capture something a bit different and the character and moods. 
Ian Rankin
Alexander McCall Smith
I needed to allow space, movement, escapism, movement and time for dreams in my images. Time to escape in the moment.
I’ve had shoots with hours of time when the artists, the musicians, the dancers who have put their hearts on the line, after their commitment to gruelling hard graft, and that's usually when I take my best photography.  

Culture matters. Our stories matter. 
TESTIMONIALS: 'you use the light exceptionally well, full of life.’ 'You have a wonderfully observing & imaginative eye.' ''you're really very talented & have a great eye - it's a rare skill!' 'they are fab as always, you're truly amazing at your art' 
WEBSITE - https://pkimage.co.uk

Photography is a truly ‘eye-opening’ and blessed experience: whether the blue-greys of a new day, the long glow of dusk, shared laughter, intense depth in a singer, or majestic mountains, and to capture those rare moments of quiet reflection, an inner sense if special connections. This being in touch is highly rewarding, makes you appreciate beauty and soul wherever you might find it. 

Portrait and Music portfolio 
A state of grace – Perceptions
'I’m a big fan of your work, very animated.'
The next photo is always the best one – and the way it should be. ‘the universal sense of quest, daring and growth.’ J Baldwin.


Paul Simon Hydro July 2018



Magical and spiritual music which lifts the heart and soul. 

As we dance, have our hearts broken, enjoy nostalgia and our dreams can fly too, Simon began contemplatively with America And Fifty Ways, before taking up the energy with his full band for his wonderful Boy in the Bubble.  


Simon later reclaimed his fond child Bridge Over Troubled Water. He said this song simply passed through him.  He talked about his musical journeys and songwriting. 

Simon writes some of the best and most poignant lyrics. 
He sang more Surrealist songs -
If you and I were an accident 
Then the road offers no resistance,
I’m beneath the stars,
Dazzling blue

His set was interspersed with his hit songs, while he left the best for last. So many highlights! – Mother and Child ReunionSlip Sliding Away, along with his fun dance tune such as Me and  Jolio Down by the Schoolyard. As well as his outstanding lyrics, Simon songs have those well known riffs 
By Matthew Straubmuller 
What a joyful encore when Simon treated us to his best loved songs – Homeward Bound. Sounds of Silence….
There was lots of love in the room and all those spiritual voices.
Simon's Song Odysseys.  

Monday, 30 July 2018

Ran Noakes Anniversayville

Thanks so much Rab Noakes for the early hard copy of your new CD - and I am thrilled to have my Photos on there! 
Great band surrounding Rab Noakes Music top songs, some new, some old. Plus backing vocals with Jill Jackson and Kathleen MacInnes.. ...Things get better with maturity! Well done.


In the 60s and 70s, Rab played with greats such as Gerry Rafferty and Lindisfarne. When I hung out in the folk scene then, i remember well the harmony singing of Noakes songs, such as Branch, Clear Day. 
Back in 2007, I saw Noakes still going strong at an Oran Mor gig. He often includes a fifties classic, this time a song my husband remembered his mother singing. He is also a dedicated Dylan follower – check out his version of Mississippi. 

Noakes says music is all about the dialogue and more about performing than simply the song. Those residency night gigs were artists can learn their craft in front of the live audience and the live performance when 'flying' in the heart of the music toughens you up and you have to learn loads of songs. He played in Denmark six nights a week.
Noakes now runs his own production company Neon. 

Some of my Rab Noakes images
Rab Noakes performing at Celtic concert for Michael Marra
Rab Noakes at Celtic with Eddi Reader and Dougie MacLean
Noakes at Milngavie folk club
Rab Noakes at the Old Fruitmarket Anniversaryville concert January 2018

NEW ALBUM 2018 Rab Noakes -'Welcome to Anniversaryville'
https://itunes.apple.com/…/welcome-to-anniversar…/1394881656
One of my favourite Noakes song, Gently Does It
And a few years ago you'd been on this road so long
Now they're building a highway to take you home
Gently does it for a change
I used to think you were just like a mountain range
Your big boots stomped where small men feared to tread
I can hardly believe what I've just read
They say you can't travel any more
But you've got the key to a new front door
And don't you know 'cause you once said it all
When you stand so high you've got so far to fall
Not everyone can look you eye to eye
'Cause you get difficult, dangerous I'm damned if I lie
But we all pay the price
And they place your ante high.