Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra + The Most Ugly Child

Luckily for us, 2/6ths of The Most Ugly Child jumped in a car and made their way from Nottingham to Dublin's Thomas House to support Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra

The Most Ugly Child are a country 6-piece, centered around the song-writing partnership of Daniel Wright and Stevie-Leigh Goodison. Their original material blends seamlessly with old country classics, with influences ranging from Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt, George Jones to Tom Waits and Led Zeppelin (indeed, we were gifted a rendition of Tom Waits' 'Chocolate Jesus'). Beautiful harmonies with plenty of foot-tapping tunes to warm up the crowd. 

Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra

Having heard and photographed Rob previously, this gig was on my radar (and brought to my attention late last year by Nick from the excellent Elvis Fontenot and the Sugar Bees.

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, according to their website,

'don’t care what genre you choose to put them in – western swing, country blues, ragtime hokum or whatever else– as long as you understand that they’re 100% sincere and 100% immersed in this stuff. This is no lazy pastiche, no dressing up box. They live and breathe this music and want you to get immersed with them. '

'North eastern Swing', gypsy jazz, hokum blues, hot Jazz, western swing, about we settle on 'great'?

With character and expert musicianship, the busy crowd couldn't help but part to make some space for some swing dancing.

A lengthy, fun set from Rob and his Orchestra and is so very often the case for returning artists, a sense of a 'home from home-coming' in this venue.

Thanks to Maurice and Dominic for their company and the conversations from restored jukeboxes to pre-Comets, Bill Haley!

Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra played the Thomas House on Saturday, 7th January 2017. 

All images © Anthony Griffin Photography. All rights reserved. 


Lethal Dialect | In Your Living Room

I recently had the absolute pleasure of photographing (but better still, listening to) Lethal Dialect, in the most unlikely of venues. Monica, an absolute lady, who knows (knew!) little about rap, opened her home to friends and neighbours for this event in conjunction with Dublin's Culture Connects Press Play, National Museum of Ireland, Abbey Theatre & Axis Ballymun

Here's a pic of Lethal Dialect with more to follow.

© Anthony Griffin Photography

38 Women | Hyde Park Art Centre, Chicago

A first look at how my images are presented as part of the (Re)Public public exhibition (until 15 Jan 2017), accompanying Coiscéim's 38 Women. 38 Women is a class and performance project which has been running parallel to the ANU/CoisCéim collaboration These Rooms. This is a project that I have worked with since April of 2016. 

‘I hope that our stories will be many. As women – I imagine we will discover themes that we have in common, connections and overlaps, as well as distinct differences. The process of discovery may be challenging, colourful – and surely dynamic. In the physical re-telling of these narratives our choreography may be expansive or detailed, lyrical or abrasive, formal or free-flowing….let’s see where this creative and expressive journey takes us…’
- Philippa Donnellan, Choreographer
'We live by the stories we have about our lives; they shape our lives' - Bearing Witness, Katherine Ley, 2010.

ALIGHT! Storytelling Workshop | Dublin's Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood

Tonight, I started work with ALIGHT!, which runs until February 2017, ALIGHT!
A big thanks to Liz and her team at Pembroke Library, along with Cleo, Vanessa and Muirne for their company and assistance.

Such interesting stories and memories emerged from this evening, with history brought to life and lives themselves shared amongst those who attended.

photo: Anthony Griffin Photography

photo: Anthony Griffin Photography


The project is being coordinated by Dublin City Council and is lead by a professional team of artists and choreographers, with participants being offered the opportunity to explore their local community through engagement in activities encompassing art design, dance, storytelling, music and theatre and dance workshops as well as decorating a bus! They will then have the opportunity to perform on the No.1 Dublin Bus route!

A series of workshops will run in and between Ringsend, Irishtown, Sandymount and Pearse Street to allow those interested to learn more about this project by talking with the artists and participating in workshops. 

'Object Poverty' | Saol Project, Dublin 1

Very happy to have been invited to work as videographer this morning for photographer friend Ray Hegarty at the launch of his project, 'Object Poverty', which officially opened this morning on Amiens Street, Dublin 1.


'Object Poverty’ is a socially engaged art project by the SAOL Project in solidarity and support of the ‘October 17’ UN International Day for the Poverty Eradication Initiative. President Michael O'Higgins had the opportunity to view the work on that day.

The work was informed and inspired by a research questionnaire that asked participants a simple question, In your opinion what object(s) represent poverty? The survey was completed by different strata of society including the legal profession, medical profession, service users, homeless services, NGOs, addiction services, youth services and probation services.

Some of the images contain artefacts directly connected to peoples’ stories and experience of poverty, while others are a general representation of the most popular answers.

The people were met at Saol were as warm as the tea, coffee and scones I received on a rather cold morning, with the work now displayed outside in a public space, offering an opportunity for much thought and reflection.

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Object Poverty - Ray Hegarty/Saol Project

Object Poverty - Ray Hegarty/Saol Project