The Blizzards at Indiependence

The Blizzards at Indiependence

The Blizzards were next up after Delorentos by which time the rain was really coming down again so I didn’t get too many photos.  As you can see from the picture below, lead singer Niall Breslin had his right arm in a cast so he couldn’t play guitar but this didn’t slow him down on stage.  Some plonker in the audience thought it would be funny to throw hay (used to minimise the muck due to the rain) at him which after the 5th or 6th time Niall finally let rip.  Lots of pent-up anger there!  While I’m not a big fan of the second album, the songs sound a lot better live.  Perhaps the album is over-produced and almost too perfect.

The Blizzards at Indiependence

The Blizzards at Indiependence

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Delorentos at Indiependence

Delorentos at Indiependence

Delorentos played out a great set at the Indiependence festival in Mitchelstown.  This was one of my favourite acts of the day, possibly because the lads seemed to enjoy themselves which always makes for a good gig.  Perhaps their planned split earlier this year which subsequently didn’t go ahead has given them a new lease of life.  Long may it last!  I’m now looking forward to the release of their second album.

Delorentos at Indiependence

Delorentos at Indiependence

Delorentos at Indiependence

A few more photos in the full set on Flickr.

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The Villagers at Indiependence

The Villagers at Indiependence

The Villagers are one of the bands I was really looking forward to at the recent Indiependence.  I had heard quite a bit of their music and of course I was a fan of The Immediate who I saw in Cyprus Avenue.  I was well impressed with the performance and I must try pick up their EP ‘Hollow Kind’.  For those of you heading to Electric Picnic, this is one act to catch.

The Villagers at Indiependence

The Villagers at Indiependence

The Villagers at Indiependence

There are a few more photos in the full set.

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Fred at Indiependence

Fred at Indiependence

Cork band Fred were the next band we saw at Indiependence after Dark Room Notes.  As always they put on a good show and I heard good stuff about their performance at Cork X Soutwest the day before.

Fred at Indiependence

Fred at Indiependence

Fred at Indiependence

As always, a few more photos in the full set on Flickr.

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Dark Room Notes at Indiependence

Dark Room Notes at Indiependence

Dark Room Notes were the next band up at Indiependence after Wallis Bird.  I saw DRN play a while back in Cyprus Avenue and have since heard them on the radio where they’re getting some coverage.

Dark Room Notes at Indiependence

A few more photos after the jump…

Dark Room Notes at Indiependence

Dark Room Notes at Indiependence

Dark Room Notes at Indiependence

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Wallis Bird at Indiependence

Wallis Bird at Indiependence

Wallis Bird was the second act we caught at Indiependence last Sunday.  It’s been a while since I saw her in Cyprus Avenue where she plays regularly enough but I was very impressed with her engaging and energetic live act on a bigger stage.  I’ll definitely get along to her next gig in Cork which is in Cyprus Avenue on October 18th.

Wallis Bird at Indiependence

Wallis Bird at Indiependence

I have a couple of more photos from the gig in the full set on Flickr.

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Ian Whitty at Indiependence

Ian Whitty was on the Cyprus Avenue stage at the Indiependence Festival in Mitchelstown last weekend.  We had just arrived at the mudfest where the festival was located this year when we heard Ian playing so we ambled over to the tent housing the Cyprus Avenue stage.  The crowds had yet to appear at this stage of the afternoon but Ian and his band put on a great show for those present.  His second album from last year ‘Lucky Caller No 9′ is still one of my favourites and has a special place on my mp3 player.

I have a few more photos in the full set on Flickr.

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Gimp Copyright Frame with White Inner Border

Last weekend I finally got around to editing Donncha’s script for adding a border using Gimp to suit my own needs.  I like to have a white inner border with the copyright text in the white border.   Click here to get the .scm file.

You can check out Donncha’s post for details on how to change this script for your own purposes but the change I made was to add the donal-draw-white-frame function which is then made invisible by setting the opacity to zero.  I also increased the inFrameWidth variable to 10 as I wanted a bigger space for the text. I used to use a width of 5 pixels for the black border but I’m happy enough with the 10 pixel black border.  I also used to have letter spacing of 1 for the copyright text but I couldn’t figure out the gimp_text_layer_set_letter_spacing () function but life’s too short!  If you know how to do this, please let me know in the comments.  Still, with a little compromise, I think this is going to save me a lot of time when editing photos.

I’ve also finally set up my shortcuts properly on Gimp so a quick re-size, run script, save as and I’m done.

Mr Toons at Cork SPWC

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Paddy Keenan at De Barra’s

Paddy Keenan at De Barra's

Uber-piper Paddy Keenan played in de Barra’s in Clonakilty Thursday week ago accompanied on stage by guitarist Tommy O’Sullivan.  The pair have an album, The Long Grazing Acre, from which they took quite of a bit of material for the live show.  I had seen the two of them play in de Barra’s a few years ago so the drive down from Cork was always going to be well worth it.  The effortless multiple triplets which Paddy Keenan achieves and his fantastic tight fingering wows any crowd and this night was no different.  He is regarded as one of the better pipers in the world which is very evident on all his many albums.  If you don’t know much about the uilleann pipes, his albums would be a very good place to start.

Tommy O'Sullivan at de Barra's

Paddy Keenan and Tommy O'Sullivan at de Barra's

As you may have noticed, the lighting was very difficult as usual down ther with a massive red lamp shining straight into Paddy’s face so that made things a bit tougher.

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Mick Flannery at Cork Opera House 2008

Mick Flannery played his annual Christmas gig in the Opera House to a packed house back in Decemeber.  Mick has come on in leaps and bounds this year with the release of White Lies and regular airplay on the national airwaves.  Good to see he still has the same old self-effacing stage presence where he now just happily plays his magnificent music; the only time he breaks from this is to take the mickey out of the occasional heckler or re-inforce his understated interaction with the crowd with a few words every now and again, the eager crowd hanging on his every word.

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There are a few more photos in the full set.

Also, check out some great shots of Mick in action by Kevin Murphy here and here and also one from Sean McCormack.

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