Cork, Ireland, People, Photography, Photos, Street, Urban

Music on the Streets

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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!

Aperture ƒ/5.6
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 133mm
ISO 640
Shutter speed 1/125s
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Music at the 2016 GM

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. 🙂


Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 50mm
ISO 12800
Shutter speed 1/60s
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Away with the Fairies

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Music in Blackrock Village

Fintan Lucy and Niall O’Carroll entertained the crowds with great music and an occasional joke at the market in Blackrock village yesterday morning.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 17mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/200s
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Happy Playing Music

Happy Playing Music

A man busking in Emmett Place, Cork a few weeks ago. I forgot to ask his name and he apologised for his playing as he was learning a new song so he was likely going to be strumming the same chords over and over again.

This was shot when I was out with Blarney Photography Club and it was shown at the next meeting. Another photo of him was shown too from a lower angle and closer which I think is better than this one, but this is the one I have so it’s all I’ll post!

Anyway, is it street photography if your subject is aware of you and looking straight at the camera? Before you answer, watch Bruce Gilden in action:


Aperture ƒ/4
Camera Canon EOS 6D
Focal length 24mm
ISO 1000
Shutter speed 1/250s
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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..

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