Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

I took a walk through Dublin Zoo’s Wild Lights, illuminated by giant silk lanterns, celebrating ‘the wonders of the life aquatic’, from a giant squid to polar bears, penguins, colossal blue whales and dainty seahorses. Lots of Chinese themes and audio along the way.

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Dublin 8 in Snow

in 2018, Dublin City Council’s South Central Area Office, asked me to document parts of Dublin 8 during what was called, The Beast from the East (a phrase used to describe cold and wintry conditions as a result of easterly winds from the near continent). So on one of the more clement days, I took a walk and here’s what I found.

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On a break - Axis Art Centre and Theatre

I was recently hired to work with those producing and choreographing a new dance project, the subject of which I found extremely interesting.
I met some great people on the first day, during which there was a workshop around the subject matter before they took to the stage to explore ideas. More to follow is all I can say for now! Mobile phone images below were before an during a break. 

Flaming Hell, it's the Flaming Stars!

The Flaming Stars | The Thomas House, Dublin, November 2017 | Support from Reverend JM's Panic Worship

Formed in London in 1994 by lead singer Max Décharné, guitarists Huck Whitney and Mark Hosking (on bass this night, filling in for bassist Paul Dempsey) and Joe Whitney on drums, this was the The Flaming Stars first ever Dublin show. As Mark said to me, 'what a pity there weren't more places like this back in the day'. It took a long time for them to arrive to Dublin but they were more then keen to return after their show.

Wearing a twenty-something year old Gallon Drunk t-shirt (a nod to Décharné), I wasn't going to miss this gig, having listened to the Flaming Stars since their '98 release, Songs from the Bar Room Floor. I had no doubt I would end up saying, 'it was a great a gig as I had hoped'. Consider that said.

Personally nostalgic, contemporarily relevant and a whole lot of fun in the perfect venue. As they once advised, sell your soul to The Flaming Stars.

Set list: Only Tonight, Bury My Heart at Pier 13, You Don't Always Want What You Get, Get Carter, Where the Beautiful People Go, Money To Burn, Revenge, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, Broken Heart, The Face On The Bar Room Floor, Baby Steps, God Told Me to Do It, The Light Pours out Of Me, Downhill Without Brakes, New Hope for the Dead, Back of My Mind, Like Trash

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Reverend JM's Panic Worship

Reverend JM's Panic Worship | The Thomas House, Dublin, November 2017 | Supporting The Flaming Stars

Reverend JM’s Panic Worship are a Dublin-based band defying, as they say, categorisation but alt. gothic. jazzabilly. country-fusion isn't a bad place to start. A performance full of drama, with stories from the darker side of life, all threaded with a judicious sense of humour. The stage resembled Tom Waits' spare room with guitars, drums, tea chest bass, washboard, theremin and various homemade and found objects.

Forming in 2010, they have self-released two full length studio albums and one live album. They've entertained crowds at various arts and music festivals throughout Ireland and regularly play in Dublin.  


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Shout Sister Shout

Shout Sister Shout, the legendary London wild, rockin' rootsy R'n'B band formed in 1988 hit the stage of the Thomas House earlier this month. A who's who of members featuring Andy Neal, Pete Farrugia, Chad Strentz, Lyn Boorer and Brian Nevill...who haven't these guys played with from Ronnie Dawson, Howlin' Wilf (James Hunter), Lee Thompson, Big Joe Louis, The Planet Rockers, No 9 and Paul Lamb and The Kingsnakes, to name but a few..?

A night of surprise guests and support by Donna Dunne and The Mystery Men.

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Donna Dunne & The Mystery Men

Donna Dunne has been a fixture on the Dublin music scene since 2012 with her first single 'Woman in Black'. Not one togive up on becoming a touring artist with her own style of music, Donna has worked with some of the best musicians in Ireland and the UK throughout recent the years.

In August 2016, Donna signed with Diablo Records (UK) and released her first album 'Voodoo' February 2017.

Donna & The Mystery Men provided a powerful, energetic and expressive performance, delivered with a whole lot of soul supporting Shout Sister Shout in the Thomas House earlier this month and were joined on stage by Boz and Lyn Boorer.

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Publication - Alight!

A varied selection of my photographs taken for Dublin Culture Connects now feature in an Alight! publication and flyer, which will be found in citywide public libraries. 

The book was created in the South East area of Dublin in a partnership between Dublin Culture Connects, city-wide community groups, the City Arts Office, Dublin Public Libraries, The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and South East Area Office, artists and CoisCéim Broadreach as part of the National Neighbourhood project in the South East Area.


This book is full of stories, drawings by the students of St. Patrick's National School, participants from Riccy's Youth Café, The GALS Group, Betty Watson Active Retirement Group, Greenore Court Arts & Crafts Group, Ringsend Community Services Forum, Pembroke Library, Ringsend Active Retirement Group, Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre, Ringsend College, St. Andrew's Resource Centre, Sandymount Tidy Towns, Sandymount Sikh Community, and Talk About Youth, who all connected together through workshops, trips on the Alight! Bus to the project's cultural partners, the Mystery History Cabaret and the Valentine's Tea Dance.

Henhouse Prowlers

Saturday, 26 August and I flew the coop for a night with Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers at the Thomas House, Dublin.

Ben, John, Aaron & Kyle, all tremendously accomplished musicians, treated the crowd to lightning hot, bluegrass pickin’, and ballads, including songs from Nigeria, Uganda and Kyrgyzstan. The Prowlers have worked with the US State Department from Sub-Saharan Africa to Russia, returning each time to bring back and share other culture’s folk music with a ‘bluegrassified’ twist. 

Good-time music from real gents, all of whom were eager to mingle with the crowd between sets and after the show. When not travelling the world, the band are avid educators in terms of their respective instruments but also in the general area of Bluegrass, from an American cultural history point of view. Henhouse Prowlers regularly bring their bluegrass curriculum to elementary and intermediate schools in various US States.

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