I’ve been wanting to see Limbo at London Wonderground on the South Bank since it was announced by its musical director Sxip Shirey whose music I have admired since he first supported Amanda Palmer. His style is rather off-the-wall with … Continue reading
Last week I shot the Palma Violets on assignment from Slate the Disco. Not a band I usually would have gone to see but they were fun and very dynamic so not easy to keep up with with the camera. The lights during the Violets were also rather challenging as it was all indirect with washes from the back and below. Without white light from the front it was tricky to get definition on the faces but I managed.
Being incredibly behind the times the first time I heard (of) The Coal Porters was when they played a sesson on Bob Harris’ Country Show on BBC2 a few months ago. Their version of “alternative bluegrass” music is fun(ny) and engaging, the muscianship is superb and they play in the traditional setup without amplification (except fiddle but that might have been because of the cramped stage) around a communal microphone. As each musician takes a solo or sings they step towards the microphone and then back again.
The Green Note in Camden is a tiny venue, an oblong room with the tiny stage in a front corner, tables along each long side and the bar at the end. Luckily I was early so managed to grab the small table directly in front of the stage. While there was a reasonable amount of light for such a venue, it was mostly red, the bane of all photographers because it washes out all skin tones so I had to convert them to black and white and crank up the contrast to get a reasonable result. A few impressions below, many more on flickr.