The festive month of December can be a tricky one when it comes to stress levels and finances. But sure we’ve been there, done that and learn from the past. So this year I balanced work & play very meticulously.
I spent half the month helping Santa in Santa’s Magical Kingdom and doing some jobs for the Inishowen Independent. I had tickets for Tommy Tiernan in the Colgan Hall which was fantastic. And last Friday we went to see Winter Mountain play at McGrory’s.
To see a band on a stage like the Backroom at McGrory’s is a treat in itself. But I missed the CD launch of Winter Mountain a couple of month ago so I couldn’t miss out this time! And my camera came along.
My photography career started to kick off some 15 years ago when I combined 2 of my favorite things; music & photography. My camera came along with me to every gig I went to. And the results would illustrate gig reviews in music magazines. I did some really big festivals & gigs, bands like Metallica, Alice Cooper & Motorhead. I had made my dream come true!
Moving to Ireland, some 8 years ago, that all gradually stopped. Mainly because of 2 things; location & the lack of a network in the music scene. It wasn’t that big of a deal because I was just after making another dream come true; living in the most beautiful landscape I could have ever imagined.
So fast forward to last Friday in McGrory’s; I enjoyed a great gig and a massive, pleasant blast from the past! I revisited the ‘kick’ I get from capturing the expressions and emotions of performing artists on stage….and loved it!