Flash Harry in 2021

A few more photos of Flash Harry from their September 2021 performance in the Opera House, Cork. They played there recently but I didn’t get to see them. They are a great Queen tribute band however. Go see them if you can!

Posting these because I wanted to test out Topaz Denoise on some high ISO noisy images. It did a fabulous job cleaning them up!

Mike Gray posted some great photos of musicians performing on his Twitter account, and he said he used DXO PureRAW. I was going to try the free trial of that but since I already had Denoise I wanted to give that a proper go at these images. Very happy with it too.

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Flash Harry at the Cork Opera House

A much delayed concert by Queen tribute band, Flash Harry, in Cork went ahead tonight in Cork Opera House and it was worth the wait. The band were great and had everyone dancing around by the end of the night!

Mask wearing by the audience started out well but by the interval hardly anyone I saw was wearing one. I guess that probably happens at every venue. People are sick of restrictions, but the pandemic isn’t over yet. While the auditorium appeared quite full our row of seats was mostly empty, and the rows ahead of us were packed. So I’d believe they’re limiting attendance to 60% of capacity. Things go back to normal on October 22nd.

As I’ve said before, if Flash Harry are playing near you go check them out!

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Cork Ireland People Photography Photos

Flash Harry at the Opera House

This was my fourth time seeing Flash Harry perform, and third time in the Cork Opera House and they brought the house down as they always do. The first half was sedate with a good mix of well known and more obscure Queen songs. I loved their rendition of ’39. After a brief interlude where we were told cups of tea were consumed, and not some illicit drug the band took it up a notch with great versions of Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Gaga, I Want to Break Free and many other hits!

The band are touring Ireland this year with lots of gigs announced. If they play near you go see them! You’re guaranteed a great night!

For more, check out my Flash Harry archive of photos.

For the photographers in the audience. All the photos were shot with a Sony A7III, and and adapted Tamron 28-300 “super zoom” which unfortunately doesn’t focus that well. As a result I used back-button-focus since the performers were mostly standing in the same general area, and I wasn’t moving from my seat so it worked well!

Black and White Cork Ireland Photography Photos Urban

Singing in the rain

Cork Opera Houae, July 2015.

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Cork Ireland Photography Photos

Flash Harry in the Opera House

Flash Harry played in the Cork Opera House on March 23rd 2018. The last time I saw them play was in 2006 at the Cobh People’s Regatta. They were great then, they’re great now!

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Buena Vista Social Club Trio

Buena Vista Social Club Trio

From left to right: Barbarito Torres, Omara Portuondo and Papi Oviedo.

On Monday night I went to see Buena Vista Social Club in Cork Opera House with my wife Jacinta. We had a blast there and the crowd loved them, even if they did drag out the musician solos a bit too much. There’s only so many minutes you can hear the same set of notes repeating before it gets monotonous.

Regardless, there were lots of fans in the audience. The band barely spoke a word of English throughout which certainly helped the atmosphere. I unfortunately have barely a word of Spanish so I would look blankly at my wife!

When Omara Portuondo came on stage the audience erupted. Even at the age of 82 she moved about the stage and sang many songs, extolling the audience to stand up from their seats. Soon everyone was dancing or at the very least rocking from foot to foot in the stalls!

More to come..