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Here’s a few of my music photo highlights from this years Galway International Arts Festival. I’ve also linked to further sets on The Thin Air.

Slowplacelikehome supporting Dan Deacon-Roisin Dubh, Galway-21/7/16-Sean McCormack
Slowplacelikehome supporting Dan Deacon-Roisin Dubh, Galway-21/7/16-Sean McCormack
Dan Deacon-Roisin Dubh, Galway-21/7/16-Sean McCormack
Dan Deacon-Roisin Dubh, Galway-21/7/16-Sean McCormack

Dan and Slowplacelikehome on The Thin Air

 

The Undertones supporting Elvis Costello and the Imposters-Absolut Big Top, Galway-Sean McCormack
The Undertones supporting Elvis Costello and the Imposters-Absolut Big Top, Galway-Sean McCormack
Elvis Costello and the Imposters-Absolut Big Top, Galway-Sean McCormack
Elvis Costello and the Imposters-Absolut Big Top, Galway-Sean McCormack
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The Orchid Collective supporting Pleasure Beach in the Roisin Dubh
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Pleasure Beach in the Roisin Dubh

Pleasure Beach

Villagers play the Absolut Big Top for the Galway International Arts Festival. Photo by Sean McCormack.
Villagers play the Absolut Big Top for the Galway International Arts Festival. Photo by Sean McCormack.
Mick Flannery supporting Villagers at the Absolut Big Top for the Galway International Arts Festival. Photo by Sean McCormack.
Mick Flannery supporting Villagers at the Absolut Big Top for the Galway International Arts Festival. Photo by Sean McCormack.

Villagers and Mick Flannery on The Thin Air

 

King Kong Company-15/7/16-Roisin Dubh, Galway-Sean McCormack
King Kong Company-15/7/16-Roisin Dubh, Galway-Sean McCormack

King Kong Company on The Thin Air

Suede-Absolut Big Top, Galway International Arts Festival-Sean McCormack
Suede-Absolut Big Top, Galway International Arts Festival-Sean McCormack
The Frank and Walters supporting Suede-Absolut Big Top, Galway International Arts Festival-Sean McCormack
The Frank and Walters supporting Suede-Absolut Big Top, Galway International Arts Festival-Sean McCormack

Suede and The Frank and Walters on The Thin Air.

BellX1-Absolut Big Top, Galway-Sean McCormack
BellX1-Absolut Big Top, Galway-Sean McCormack
The Academic supporting BellX1-Absolut Big Top, Galway-Sean McCormack
The Academic supporting BellX1-Absolut Big Top, Galway-Sean McCormack

 

Girl Band kicked off their tour on Thursday in Roisin Dubh as part of Strange Brew. Hailed as one of the gems of Electric Picnic, the crowd made no disguise of their love for the band. Singing and dancing along to the songs was the order of the day.
I popped in and shot alongside Vincent Hughes, who was shooting for The Thin Air. Great gig.

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Giveamanakick are back on the road again. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 2nd album ‘We are the Way Forward’, the duo put on a fantastic performance in Roisin Dubh this week with a good crowd in attendance. Support was from Naive Ted (AKA Deviant). Full set of images are online at: Giveamanackick @ The Thin Air

Photo info: As with most of the gigs I shoot in Roisin Dubh, I’m using a set of fast primes and high ISO to capture the show. Recently I’ve been using the Fuji X-T10 for everything, but as I was heading straight to Carbon after, I went with the Canon 5DIII instead. I used 3 lenses for this: the 28mm f1.8, the 50mm f1.4 and the 85mm f1.8. This allows a variety of looks. That said I’ve been using the 28mm and leaning in close to get different looks recently rather than using them ‘properly’. For ISO I’m running ISO3200, f2 and 1/80 on average. My thinking: Stopped down from maximum aperture for increased lens sharpness. Shutter speed fast enough to freeze average motion-you’re not going to freeze head banging with this speed though. ISO is set to allow these. While ISO3200 will add noise, it’s acceptable for type of shoot.

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My set of David Kitt with Margie Lewis is up on The Thin Air now.

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My Photos of former Czars singer and all round great songwriter John Grant from the Big Top for the Galway International Arts Festival are now up on The Thin Air.

I’ve used the Fujifilm X-T10 quite a lot recently. My Canon 5DIII is feeling a little neglected, though it’s still my camera of choice for nightclub work. The first thing I did was to test it out at a gig, the fabulous No Monster Club at Roisin Dubh last week. Here’s some of the images I shot with it.

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While I didn’t make Cathy’s headline gig for the Galway International Arts Festival, I did catch her wonderful set supporting Owen Pallett the previous week. Accompanied by Derren Dempsey on guitar, she played a range of material- mostly new stuff themed around animals. 210714-CathyCavey-0193_web

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Brendan and Declan from ‘The 4 of Us’ performing in Monroes Live, Fri 10th Dec ’10.

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I’ve posted a gallery to the Black Box gig from last Thursday (Dec 9th) over on Musofoto.com.

Little Mammoths featuring Urby Whale from Noah and the Whale, from the Roisin Dubh, Tues 26th Oct.The venue was quiet, but the band played really well anyhow. I thought they were great. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay for more than a few songs.