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Live Music Photography

Following on from my previous post on my recent travel photography, I’ve a few live music shots to share with you too!

Sandi Thom – Coventry Godiva
I really love live music photography and at Coventry’s Godiva festival you can usually be sure of some great opportunities to snap some rising stars in a relaxed environment. Sandi has recently been in Nashville, recording and producing new material. I was struck by how much Music City has rubbed off on her latest songs. They are even more bluesy, with even more harmonica. It’s “bitchin'” (I’m reliably informed this is a word).

Like I say … Harmonica! RAR!

Sandi Thom - Coventry Godiva 2011

“I was struck by how much Music City has rubbed off on her latest songs. They are even more bluesy, with even more harmonica.”

Snooty Bobs – Barr Beacon
It was in the Yardbird, during the Solstice Free Love Club and the White Lion, during Bob Dylan night that I was introduced to this awesome jazzy band from Walsall. It was on Barr Beacon during Bands On The Beacon II that I managed to get some great shots of the whole band in action.

Conditions for shooting were challenging at best, they had to pause while the heavens opened but Bands on The Beacon, a new festival looks set to be a great little local festival. Snooty Bobs are pretty awesome, if you’re local to Walsall and Birmingham, you should deffo give em a look.

Snooty Bobs, Barr Beacon

“Conditions for shooting were challenging at best, they had to pause while the heavens opened”

Rivers and Spires – Clarksville
Of course, while I was in Tennessee, there was a music festival happening just at the top of Main Street in downtown Clarksville. Unfortunatly, part of the Rivers and Spires festival was put on hold due to the worst tornado outbreak in recent American history (no really check out Joplin, Missouri). I recall looking out of the window and saying what Tornado? Then seconds later having the power go out and thinking … Oh, *that* tornado! That was awesome, make it do it again!!

However on the Main Street stage, they played catch up and was able to showcase some local talent from Middle Tennessee. I forget the name of this young lady, but she had an awesomely powerful voice and was competing for an award from a local radio station.

Rivers and Spires

Oh and I wanted to show you the range of sauces that were available at Rivers and Spires to go with your Polish Sausage, or gigantic American burger.

Rivers and Spires

“A festival, is a festival, is a festival, no matter where in the world you are it seems. Come rain or, the rapture, via terrifying tornadoes, the show goes on! Unless …”

Soul Man, Dancing In The Street!
Unless you are a busker in the centre of Birmingham with an instrumental CD of Motown classics a shopping trolly and a pretty amused set of Brummies.

I spotted this guy in Victoria Square. He literally pulled up his shopping trolly, got out his mic, loaded up an instrumental Motown CD and began destroying the classics. It’s a strange world sometimes.

Soul Man

Slinky … wasn’t impressed.

Luv U Slinky

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