The Toasters + Bocs Social Band

The Toasters are one of the original American third-wave ska bands. Founded in New York in 1981 by 'Buck' Hingley, with 9 studio albums currently under their braces, through labels such as Moon Ska Records, Megalith Records, Celluloid, Stomp Records, Caroline Distribution & Skaloid.

Ska was made to dance to and for anyone who was banking on skanking, there was every opportunity through a rapidly delivered, brass thickened beat at The Thomas House, Dublin this earlier this month.

Support came from the excellent home-grown Bocs Social Band  [gallery], a seven-piece ska/funk/pop band who spilled across the stage with satisfying vocal aggression, trumpet, sax, keys and a steadfast rhythms section who more than amply set up the rest of the night of two great sets, one great night in one helluva venue.
 

The Toasters

Bocs Social Band

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The School of Identity Museum

I was recently asked to document the launch of the School of Identity Museum at Margaret Aylward Community College, which celebrated the collaboration between three schools across the North West Dublin area (Margaret Aylward CC, New Cross College in Finglas and Coláiste Mhuire in Cabra) as part of The National Neighbourhood: Press Play

The launch included performances by Temper-Mental MissElayneous and inspiring speeches from Helen Beaumont (National Museum of Ireland), Cllr. Áine Clancy, Emma Connors (Axis Ballymun) and Veronica Dyas (Artist) amongst others.

Over 60 students were involved in exploring notions of ‘Identity’ and the resulting exhibition included video installations, craft pieces & writing. Inspired by the work of the National Museum of Ireland, the School of Identity Museum brings the voices and ideas of a diverse group of young people together under one roof, with the exhibition ultimately exploring notions of identity, unearthing and celebrates young people’s creativity. The Museum and exhibition is curated by artists Rhona Byrne & John Conway

Images held back for press & social media images, together with those including young people, so a small selection presented here:

Phill Jupitus / Porky the Poet

In 1984, Phill Jupitus quit his Department of Health and Social Security job to begin performing as Porky the Poet, supporting bands such as The Style Council and The Housemartins. Later, working for the independent record label Go! Discs his duties included being press officer for the The Housemartins and directing videos for Billy Bragg and the late Kirsty McColl.

Much of the conversations I had with him in The Thomas House on 6 April was about his time with Go! Discs of course, and about Billy Bragg.

Jupitus treated the crowd to a stand up set before moving upstairs for a DJ Set, having brought a selection of 7"s over to Dublin. A stand-up and improv comedian, actor, performance poet, cartoonist, podcaster, Dj and pours a mean pint of Guinness!

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TedX Exhibit

Two of my images from An Uncommon Beauty exhibited as part of today's TedX Talk, 'Beyond (Your) Fear' at Griffith College Dublin. 

'...with our speakers from diverse disciplines such as Business, Entertainment, Technology or Mental Health, we want to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter.  Fear is an emotion that has a tremendous impact on many of our life’s most important decisions – and it often hides in the subconscious. To give our audience new insights in what lies beyond this powerful emotion, we will present untold stories around ideas that are on the cutting edge of their field.'

Above photos: Simon Walsh

Above photos: Simon Walsh

Above photo: Sinead Murphy (L-R) Two of my images from An Uncommon Beauty beside one from Antonina Zharko

Above photo: Sinead Murphy (L-R) Two of my images from An Uncommon Beauty beside one from Antonina Zharko

 
photo: @TedxGriffith1

photo: @TedxGriffith1

 
Above photos: Sinead Murphy 

Above photos: Sinead Murphy 

Billy Bragg Photo

This is one of a few Billy Bragg photos that was sought by Billy Bragg's management company a few years back. I recently met Billy who remembered the image saying, 'that gets used a lot!'.

It popped up again recently on a number of sites and platforms. Here's a few from the UK, Croatia & Australia. 

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Reggae Got Soul

Reggae Got Soul - Original Skinhead, Reggae, Jamaican, Ska and Rocksteady all played on original vinyl at the Thomas House, Dublin. 

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The Terrorsaurs

The Terrorsaurs (Birmingham, UK) were conceived and created in 2009 by Ian B (King Fink), with the to forge elements of 1950’s sci-fi, schlock cinema & pulp imagery into a musical form that utilises and references garage & surf rock.

Their raw, hard-edged sound is fully realised on the ‘One Night Only’ album recorded at WILD Studios, Hollywood CA. This savage slice of R ‘n’ R perfectly captures the vibe of the band and is their seminal release to date.

The Terrorsaurs swamp train rolls on and recently made a stompin' stop at The Thomas House on 25 February 2017. 
 

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“What I wear on and off stage is my mask. You see, a mask doesn't hide you, it exposes you.” 
― Nuno Roque

 

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