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Pet Shop Boys at the Marquee

The Pet Shop Boys played to a capacity crowd in the Marquee, Cork, last night and it was a great night. We bought the tickets originally in 2019 for a 2020 show but then the COVID19 pandemic happened and everything was cancelled that year.

The Examiner has a great write up of the concert (archive.org copy) of the event.

The British electro-pop duo were anything but boring, attracting a packed crowd that ranged across all ages, with families, groups of friends, and couples all bopping and clapping side by side through the night.

If fans have learned anything over the Pet Shop Boys’ 40-year long career, it’s that Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe know how to put on a show, and from the moment they sauntered on stage wearing their mad-scientist inspired outfits they had the audience in the palms of their talented hands.

Martha Brennan, Examiner.


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length240mm
ISO2500
Shutter speed1/250s

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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.


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length98mm
ISO16000
Shutter speed1/640s

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Ceol on the back of a pickup

Ceol on the back of a pickup

Achill Island, Co Mayo in July 2019. We joined the residents of Dooagh for a walk into the surrounding countryside. Halfway through there was refreshments and music and on a lovely July day it was glorious.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/400s

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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!


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length63mm
ISO6400
Shutter speed1/400s

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Cork Ireland People Photography Photos

Clannad 50th Anniversary Farewell Tour in Cork

Clannad, the Irish band that is this year celebrating 50 years together began the year with a Farewell Tour. They played in the Opera House in Cork in early March when I saw them and they were great. I didn’t know much of their music beyond the obvious themes to Robin Hood or the Harry’s Game but I’m a fan since!

Hopefully they will be able to continue their tour but as of now, from a snapshot of their site from March 28th they have rescheduled shows up to the end of May. I’d say it’s likely they’ll have to postpone even more of those shows unfortunately.

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Aperture ƒ/6.3
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 10000
Shutter speed 1/60s
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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!

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Flash Harry at the Opera House

Flash Harry played in the Opera House last night to a sold out crowd. They’re a Queen tribute band from Belfast and this is my third time seeing them, and I have to admit, they’re getting better with age!

Check out their Facebook page for updates and go see them if you have the opportunity!

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 100mm
ISO 12800
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Black and White Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Always Entertaining!

Cork, March 2018.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 28mm
ISO 640
Shutter speed 1/250s
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A China Crisis in Cork

China Crisis played in the imaginatively named The Venue last night to a pretty good crowd. A minor mishap with a guitar string failed to dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm for the music!

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 28mm
ISO 5000
Shutter speed 1/30s
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Cork Ireland People Photography Photos Street Urban

Music on the Streets

Emmett Place, Cork. March 2018.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 28mm
ISO 250
Shutter speed 1/250s
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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!

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 133mm
ISO 640
Shutter speed 1/125s
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DJ Mick @ a8cgm

At the final night’s party in Whistler, Canada. September 2017.

Aperture ƒ/4.5
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 55mm
ISO 4000
Shutter speed 1/50s