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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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!
(psst, visitcobh.com admins – your old content is still visible on Google, leave it there but add a PROMINENT message redirecting people to this year’s page in case they stumble upon last year’s page.)
One of the highlights of the Automattic Grand Meetup every year is the party on the final evening, and in recent years a band made up entirely from my colleagues and friends in the company rock the stage. Last year they were followed up by a cracking DJ set that kept people dancing ’til the early hours!
Here’s a few photos that have been lying in my “out folder” for the last few months, taken at rehearsal and during the performance. I have many more but I think by the time I develop all of them the next GM will have been and gone!
Who knows, I may even use this opportunity to develop a few more of the photos and add them to this post. 🙂