Photos and journal entries from my recent German tour:
Last September, quite out of the blue, I had a mail from a German lady called Shel, inviting me to Cologne to play some shows. She explained to me that she organises private house concerts and other small shows there, and that artists like Mundy, Mark Geary, Liam O'Maonlaietc. had all played at her place. I've always wanted to play shows in Germany so I jumped at the chance! The tour was arranged for the end of February - last month - and I went into it with an open mind and high spirits. It turned out to be one of the most enjoyable weeks I've ever had, musical or otherwise.
Hiroshi Sugimoto, Avalon Theatre, Catalina Island, 1993. Gelatin silver print.
I've been going to live gigs since I was 12 years old. Music doesn't get any purer than a magical live performance. What could be better than looking your hero in the eyes and having them sing right to your soul. Last weekend I went to three different gigs, in Mullingar, Waterford and Dublin. Over the three nights I saw four very different songwriters and one band. Every one of them had a story of their own and each one was trying to move as gracefully as possible through the maze that is the music business...