. Heather Peace . Fairytales Tour . 2012

I had decided to write less on my blog and to let the photo’s speak for themselves, but it seemed rude to start on this post, for various reasons. So here goes…

I was fortunate enough to go along and photograph some of Heather Peace’s sell-out ‘Fairytales’ tour in June, and rather marvellous it was too. Support was provided by the very talented, yet refreshingly humble, AMiTY. I’ve photographed AMiTY before and was suitably impressed. Now she’s added more songs, and yet more instruments, to her repertoire. Dressed in her trademark black and white, with a flight case doubling up as a bass drum, AMiTY was very well received and really got the crowds tapping their feet and singing along, and it’s a well-deserved success for such a hard working songwriter.

And so to the main act… It was evident from the start that everyone was united in the success of ‘Fairytales’. From Heather, the band, her team and the fans who’d pledged their hard-earned cash to make the album in the first place. Everybody was proud, everybody loved it and everybody was going to enjoy every minute, or so it seemed. I met such lovely, warm people on my travels. On the whole, the crowd went to enjoy and to listen to that amazing voice and to watch as Heather flitted effortlessly between piano and guitar, cracking jokes as she went. She was obviously enjoying every minute and there was a lot of emotion came through in the songs. A solid bunch of musicians made up the band who created a smooth and polished sound which complimented Heather’s rich, jazz infused vocals.

I have so many photo’s and it was tough to choose. How do you capture an entire show with a few images? But here are a few of my favourites. You can find more on my Facebook page in the very near future.

And finally, Heather in reflective mood… Is she quietly counting her blessings? Praying for her hard-earned success to continue? Let’s all hope so, for Heather Peace certainly seems to spread a glimmer of happiness wherever she goes these days.

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. Stand Out Comedy Tour… extra, extra…

Since it’s fast approaching EDINBURGH FRINGE time again, I thought I’d take the opportunity to promote 3 of my favourite comedians again. Yes, they’re all women. Yes, they’re all extremely funny. And, yes, I do think more could be done to promote female comedians.

So, going back in time, to the STAND OUT COMEDY TOUR, I’d found myself with the opportunity to take in an extra bit of the Tour, and I was so very glad that I did. The strength of these performers meant that no gig was quite the same; the material varied, the audience reaction altered, and the lighting was different… immensely different. From the dark, muted blue and red tones of SOUND CONTROL, Manchester, I found myself with the warm, peachy glow of the GLEE CLUB, Nottingham. This venue was much more appropriate for this type of gig as not only did they provide much more flattering lighting, the crowd were much closer and, with no barriers to peer over, very much more involved in the performances.

JEN BRISTER played host tonight, in addition to her own set, with SUZI RUFFELL and ZOE LYONS taking the stage in between. The comedy was again rounded off by a sterling musical performance from AMiTY.

All four of these ladies provided me with so many photo opportunties that I was spoilt for choice, but couldn’t resist the ‘shoe shots’. I’m always intrigued by the variety of footwear worn on stage (Well, when you’re in the Press Pit, that’s pretty much the first thing you see!) I always think that the choice footwear tells a little story about the performer. Maybe I’m just weird.

Anyway, they’re all marvellous. Go and see them, if you can. And to the person whose ear I guffawed in rather too loudly at Zoe’s overtly enthusiastic ‘Dog Pram’ joke, I’m sorry!