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On Stage in Coughlan’s Bar

On Stage in Coughlan's Bar

677. On Friday night I was out in a pub watching live music. An unfortunately rare occurrence.

Fintan Lucy and Lynda Cullen sang together, accompanied by Martin Leahy and later by Dee Power. It was a wonderful night in front of a packed crowd in a small room.


Apertureƒ/2.8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO1000
Shutter speed1/30s

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Korey Power on Patrick Street

Korey Power on Patrick Street
Korey Power on Patrick Street
Korey Power on Patrick Street

My wife and I came across Korey Power singing on Patrick Street, in front of Brown Thomas. A small but enthusiastic crowd gathered to listen. He has a great voice!

Yes, a gentleman in the background was dancing and enjoying the music too. Did a fine job of it!


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Focal length24mm
ISO1250
Shutter speed1/500s

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Susan Ann Sulley of The Human League

Susan Ann Sulley of The Human League

Way back in 2012, The Human League played in Cork. Here’s a photo of singer, Susan Ann Sulley that night. Phil Oakey is to her right but I decided she should have the attention in this photo!


Apertureƒ/5.6
CameraCanon EOS 40D
Focal length144mm
ISO800
Shutter speed1/80s

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Hank and Ray in Charlies Bar

Hank and Ray in Charlies Bar

Hank Wedel and Ray Barron in Charlies Bar last night. There wasn’t a huge crowd but the music was oh so good. So good to hear Hank and Ray play again as we haven’t been in Charlies since before the pandemic started.


Apertureƒ/3.5
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO12800
Shutter speed1/30s

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Fred Fans in the Spiegeltent

Fred Fans in the Spiegeltent

Fans of Cork band, Fred, enjoying a concert in The Spiegeltent, in June 2006.


Apertureƒ/3.5
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length18mm
ISO1600
Shutter speed1/60s

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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.


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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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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