. 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.

. Bruno Langley & The Wonderland Band

Today I had the very great pleasure of shooting promo shots for Bruno Langley’s new website. I’ve photographed Bruno and his Wonderland Band a few times before and they are regulars to the jazz scene in and around Manchester. Mixing old classics with retakes on newer songs, they really do provide something for everyone.

It was a really fun day out and these gents kept me giggling all day long. There’s an apparent friendship running between them which is often visable with musicians who rely on their instincts to know where the others are heading with a song.

We attracted a bit of attention shooting around Manchester’s Castlefields, though not as much as the Roman Gladiator (and palm tree?!) featuring in a student film nearby. Here’s a sneaky peek, more to follow shortly…