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Plymouth Live Music Photography | Plymouth Festival, Gig, Studio & Promo Music Photographer

Plymouth UK based Festival, Gig, Studio and Promotional Music Photography. Here are just some of the Gigs, Festivals and Bands we have covered over the last few years. If you would like us to shoot your gig or to create original promotional shots for your band you can book here

Keeping Music Live | 14th September 2018 | Plymouth Athenaeum | Van Dike Club 50th

 

Marin Barre and The Trees celebrate the 50th anniversay of the Van Dike club

ABOVE : Martin Barre and The Trees at the VanDike Club 50th Anniversay Celebration

On August 31st 1968, Jethro Tull topped the bill on the opening night of the Van Dike Club. A legendary Plymouth venue, that though only open for a few short years, hosted so many of the brightest stars from the patchwork blanket of British contemporary music it would almost be easier to list those who did not play there, than those that did...

 

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The Beat featuring Dave Wakeling | 15 June 2018 | Exeter Phoenix | Devon

The Beat featuring Dave Wakeling at Exeter Phoenix Devon 15th June 2018ABOVE : The Beat featuring Dave Wakeling at Exeter Phoenix Devon 15th June 2018

In 1980 people did not routinely talk about mental illness. 'Mirror in the Bathroom' a song by The Beat did though, and did so in a decade you could say was defined by it's obsession over shiny surface level introspection and the shallow pursuit of wealth for it's own glittering quality...

 

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Donn Letts | 01 June 2018 | The Junction | Plymouth

Don Letts at The Junction Plymouth 01st June 2018ABOVE : Don Letts at The Junction Plymouth 01st June 2018

Like the drops, fades, crossovers and track order in his DJ sets, Don Letts timing is something else. Whether it is catching a full test performance by The Who as a 14 year old, meeting Bob Marley after sneaking into his hotel with the entourage in 1976, or deciding to make 'The Punk Rock Movie' in 1977, documenting the exploding Punk Scene around him while DJ'ing at the Roxy, Don knows something about the importance of striking while the iron is hot. That is much more than merely being in the right place at the right time...

 

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Noble Jacks | 14th April 2018 | The Junction | Plymouth

Noble Jacks at The Junction Plymouth 14th April 2018ABOVE : Noble Jacks at The Junction Plymouth 14th April 2018

Fans of Brighton alt-folk Rockers 'Noble Jacks' packed out Plymouth's alternative live Music Venue 'The Junction' on Saturday 14th April for an intense hot sweaty gig that saw the high energy four piece in top form for their 2018 UK Tour...


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Trampolene | Himalayas, Sophie and the Giants, The Haze | The Junction | Plymouth

Trampolene at The Junction Plymouth 10th April 2018ABOVE : Trampolene at Teh Junction Plymouth 10th April 2018

Trampolene hit Plymouth on a dreary Tuesday night in April and the verbose virtuosos of British Indie unleashed a wickedly spiky set of top drawer painkilling paeans to modern brexitivity, the state of the stateless, in a city which reinvented the British channel as an ocean, and can compete with their hometown city of Swansea in providing referendum size piles of crumbling SEASIDE inspiration...

 

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Jack Cookson | 'Chamfer' EP Launch | Underground | Plymouth | Thursday 05 April 2018

Folk and Roots Singer Songwriter Jack Cookson at the launch of 'Chamfer ' Underground Plymouth 5th April 2018ABOVE : Jack Cookson at the launch of 'Chamfer ' Underground Plymouth 5th April 2018

South West Roots music has a long history along the peninsula, but there is a new generation ploughing their own furrow here, and although the seeds they have tended were grown on land prepared by the previous generation, it is a new harvest they are sharing...

 

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Bad Manners | Thursday 29 March 2018 | Plymouth

Buster Bloodvessel at The Hub Plymouth Thursday 29th March 2018ABOVE : Buster Bloodvessel at The Hub Plymouth Thursday 29th March 2018

Two years ago in 2016 Bad Manners toured the UK to celebrate their 40th Birthday. Tonight Buster Bloodvessel and his crazy cohorts took to the stage at Plymouth's Hub and took the 400 or so Ska Fans on a loony journey through a back catalogue chock full of huge party tunes, in a skanking celebration of UK Ska.

 

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Haunt The Woods | Saturday 24 March 2018 | Carnglaze Caverns

Haunt The Woods performing at Carnglaze Caverns on Saturday 24th March 2018ABOVE : Haunt The Woods performing at Carnglaze Caverns on Saturday 24th March 2018

If you had gone down to the woods last nighT, Near St Neot, and into Carnglaze Caverns, you would have been rewarded with a rich seam of westcountry talenT, when local gems The Trees and Jamie Yost, supported the enigmatic and ethereal, Haunt The Woods.

THE CORNISH FOUR PIECE used the occasion to launch their new EP 'Circle' in the former slate quarry.

 

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STILL CRAZY, ALIVE AND KICKING | The myth of a dying Plymouth Music Scene

The Quireboys and The Stretch Report at The Hub

The Trees with Guest Martin Barre at The Barbican Theatre

Crazy Arm at The Junction

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The Hub / dBs Live one of Plymouths great live music venues filled with fans ABOVE : The Hub / dBs Live one of the cities great live music venues filled with fans

It has been said that a lie can run around the world before the truth has got it's boots on. There is a lesson to be learned even from the origins of this commonly misatributed saying. Often assumed to have originated with Mark Twain, It's origins actually have more to do with Swift and more recently it's brilliant use by the sorely missed Terry Pratchett.

 

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Album Artwork and Music Promo Photography | Kate Ferguson| Sweet Confusion

Kate Ferguson 'Sweet Confusion' UK CD artwork production in PlymouthABOVE : Kate Ferguson 'Sweet Confusion' UK CD artwork production in Plymouth

It is always a privilege to be asked by a musician to help with their promotional artwork. never more so than when those images are created to support the release of an album. Setting aside the time for a short photo shoot is a wise investment in focusing people's attention on the often months, and sometimes years of work involved in writing and recording an albums worth of songs.

 

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The Trees | Monday 23 October| The Bread and Roses

The Trees performing at The Bread and Roses on Monday 24th October 2017ABOVE : The Trees performing at The Bread and Roses on Monday 24th October 2017

On a wet and foggy Monday night in a community arts pub in Plymouth, four musicians, in a gig that managed to be simultaneously both intimate and quietly epic , guided a captive audience along a journey of discovery that reaffirmed how important music is to this city and the peninsula at large.

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Plymouth Punx Picnic 2017 | Sunday 17 September| Thistle Park

Bass Player Balls Beserko of Cornish Punk Band 'Bastard' playing at Plymouth Punx Picnic 2017 on the final day at Thsitle Park. ABOVE : Bass Player Balls Beserko of Cornish Punk Band 'Bastard' playing at Plymouth Punx Picnic 2017 on the final day at Thsitle Park.

Plymouth Punk fans are well catered for in a city in which a scene, often described as a fad, is still thriving.

They gathered in a somewhat fragile state after two days of gigs ( at the Fortescue, and The Junction pubs) on Sunday 17th September in the Thistle Park for the final day of bands in the annual Plymouth Punx Picnic.

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Seth Lakeman at Freedom Fields Folk Rock Music Photography in Plymouth.ABOVE : Seth Lakeman Freedom Fields Community Festival Plymouth UK Folk, Rock & Music Photography.

Seth Lakeman at Freedom Community Festival | 04/06/17 | Plymouth Live Music Photography

Sunday 04 June 2017 and Seth Lakeman took to the Main stage at Freedom Fields Community Festival Playing for free to Plymouth fans on the site where royalists fought parliamentarians on the Sabbath Day fight In 1643 and just yards from the Michael Foot Memorial.

Chiselled like a handsome hunk of Dartmoor granite the Dartmoor born Folk Singer-Songwriter and multi instrumentalist picked up his fiddle and kept the attentive audience within the palm of his hand for the entire set.

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Damerels at Underground, Garage Punk Rock Music Photography in Plymouth.ABOVE : Damerels at Underground Plymouth UK Punk Garage Rock Music Photography.

Damerels, Tripper, Quiet Man,Paul Armer, Bad Credentials at Underground Plymouth | 02/06/17 | Plymouth Live Music Photography

Friday 02 June 2017 and Damerels were back. With support from Tripper,Quiet MAn,Paul Armer and Bad Credentials, the three piece turned the underground into a cathedral of cathartic Cacophonous sonority.

Underground has played host to an incredibly diverse range of musical mayhem over the years,the disciples of dissonance and the apostles of assonance, meeting here regularly to partake of what is on offer from acts travelling in from all over Europe and the UK. Friday was the time for local musicians to deliver their musical manifestos, and allow the audience some respite from the political brouhaha bubbling around the country in recent weeks.

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King Colobus at The Junction, Music Photography in Plymouth.ABOVE : King Colobus at The Junction, Music Photography in Plymouth.

King Colobus, Waxx and The Warhorns at The Junction Plymouth | 02/06/17 | Plymouth Live Music Photography

Friday 02 June 2017 Saw King Colobus, waxx and Warhorns play the Junction in Plymouth

First up were Warhorns, a three piece alternative Rock band based in Devon with Brothers Matty Clements on Bass and Jym Clements on Drums, with Jak Paxton on Guitar and vocals. The band have played on BBC's Introducing and the trio impressed with a solid set that went down so well King Colobus donned Warhorns T-Shirts for their set later in the evening! Check out the video for the single release from their debut EP

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Pauline Black of UK Ska and Two-Tone band The Selecter performing in PlymouthABOVE : The Selecter on their UK Subculture Tour. Music Photography in Plymouth.

The Selecter at Plymouth Hub | | 29/02/16 | Music Photography in Plymouth

When I went to secondary school back in the 1980s, it was the sound of a generation.It had first surfaced at the end of the Seventies but by 1980 we had followed our older brothers in demanding our mums bought us 14-holer Dr Marten boots, drainpipe school trousers and paid for a skinhead, which we told our parents would just be a "crew cut"...

I am talking of course about Ska and the sound of Two Tone, the record label that was also like a social movement and catalyst for change in attitudes to race, politics and gender stereotypes....

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Plymouth Music Photographers Image of Live Gig showing Goth singer at the Looe Music Festival
ABOVE : Souls of Misfortune shot at Looe Music Festival by Plymouth Photographer.

Souls of Misfortune at Voodoo Lounge | 12/09/15 | Music Photography in Plymouth

If you had inadvertently walked into Plymouth's Voodoo Lounge on Saturday night, you could be forgiven for thinking that you had just stepped out of a DeLorean and travelled back in time 30 years.

A time when Robert Zemeckis' Back to the Future was showing in the ABC, and the alternative clubs in the city were playing the relatively new sounds of Gothic rock.

Some of the members of Souls of Misfortune, a south-west five piece covering songs by The Cure, The Mission, Sisters of Mercy, Fields of the Nephilim, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Killing Joke and The Damned, were there in Monroes, Speakeasy etc in 1985, just as they had been, sitting on the wall outside of Virgin Records, during the first wave of Punk, a few years earlier. In fact many of the audience on Saturday were also there, and they were joined by younger fans, to whom the veteran musicians making up the band, may not have been so familiar...

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Photographic Collage of the band 'Worried Shoes' playing live music across PlymouthABOVE : Plymouth Alternative Independent Punk Rock Music Photographer documents 'Worried Shoes' from inception to incineration. The band that meant it. Photographed at Music Venues and festivals across Plymouth

Worried Shoes | November 2014 - May 2016 | The band that meant it | Music Photography in Plymouth

Natural, unforced, innate, spontaneous and lucid. this WAs a band to infuse you with a fresh appreciation for the possibilities that music can have, in enhancing our time on this journey through the soup of modern mediocrity. It's easy to throw adjectives at something as subjective, abstract and ethereal as a piece of music, but this review is never going to amount to much more than licking a window in an effort to replicate the stroke of a warm lovers hand on your cold face, when trying to describe what being in the same aural space as Worried Shoes feLT like.

Like that old fading polaroid held together with masking tape even though they are sadly no longer together, their eponymous solitary album holds up a nice snapshot of what they once were, fresh in your mental scrapbook. It's not like the glorious panavision of being suffused by that warm vibration live, but it captures a lot of that magic with craft and love.

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 UK Punk Rock Photography of Ramonas Singer jumping on stage at Underground Plymouth Music VenueABOVE : Devon Punk Rock Music Photographer freezes Cloey Ramon from The Ramones tribute band The Ramonas, at Underground Music Venue in Plymouth

The Ramonas at Underground | 16/03/16 | Music Photography in Plymouth | Rocket to Ruin Tour

Imagine if the Ramones were still alive and kicking ten bells of crap out of their set today. Meet the Ramonas.

Desire, effort, discipline, practice, attitude and a determination to hone their skills have made the Ramonas what they are today, and what they are is one hell of a band....

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Dave Wakeling of The English Beat in Iconic UK music photograph singing in Cornwall

ABOVE : Plymouth Gig Photography by Greenbeanz captures Dave Wakeling of legendary British two tone Ska band, 'The English Beat' playing in Cornwall during their UK tour

The English Beat | 07/10/16 | Music Photography in Cornwall | Zone Night Club, Redruth

Some bands need no introduction. The English Beat are one of those bands.

Their influence runs deep and in to less obvious channels, from dance and electronic music and the Ska chequered multifaceted genres it has spawned, to the jangly guitar sounds of indie bands like the La's and Stone Roses and even US Rock artists like Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam on the other side of the pond.

 

Julian Barnes writing as Shostakovich in The Noise of Time remarked that

In Jewish folk music, despair is disguised as the dance”

It is a very clever insight and one that could certainly be applied to the whole two tone movement in the British Ska revival that lit up the disunited kingdom of the late 1970's....

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Action Photograph of Passionate Music fans in Plymouth at Underground Venue during a gig

ABOVE : Plymouth Live Music Photography. Blinded by the Sound Exhibition. Plymouth Underground Music venue, The Junction and The Nowhere Inn.

Blinded by the Sound | 23-25 September 2016| Multi Venue Exhibition of Live Music Photography | Plymouth Art Weekender

Blinded by the Sound presented the performance photography of UK Photographer, Film-maker and artist Beanz, as a multi venue exhibition across three live music venues in the city. Shot over the last three years in Plymouth and the west country, the project showcased the vibrant energy and disparate nature of live music in the region featuring live and national acts in performance.

The exhibition featured many local musicians in multiple line-ups and documented the fans and faces that make up the various scenes as well as established acts and veterans who have themselves laid down cultural milestones. The Selecter, Ed Tudor Pole, TV SMITH, Evan Greer, UK SUBS, Buzzcocks,The Cadbury Sisters, Subhumans and more rubbed shoulders with local punk stalwarts The Bus Station Loonies, The Cleaners, Monitor, Honey, Zapoppin and The Souls of Misfortune...

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Music Promotional Photograph of Cornish Punk Folk Rock Band Black FridayABOVE : Plymouth Music Photographer undertakes commissioned Promotional Shoot for Cornish Folk Punk Rock Band 'Black Friday' at the Port Elliot Festival.

Black Friday | Port Eliot Festival & Promotional Shoot | Music Photography across the UK

St Germans in Cornwall seems an unlikely place to find one of the uk's most well travelled bands, but if there is one thing Black Friday like to do then that is to confound expectations.

Black Friday or 'The Friday' as I like to call them, were never going to be like any other band emerging as they did from the United Kingdom's most southerly peninsula, and from within a county blessed with rugged coasts on both sides, and a rural isolation that seems to flavour more than the ale from these parts....

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The Sex Pistols Live Music Action Photograph Plymouth

ABOVE : Plymouth Punk Rock Music Photography documents the Anarchy In the Uk Anniversary Show featuring The Sex Pistols Experience, London Calling & Broken Hearts

Anarchy In Plymouth | 17/12/16 | The Sex Pistols Experience, London Calling and Broken Hearts| 40th Punk Rock Anniversay of The Anarchy Tour | Music Photography in Plymouth

Tell people That The Sex pistols and the Clash ONCE played Plymouth, on a nationwide tour that also Featured Johhny Thunder and the Heartbreakers, and they will often look at you incredulously.

Plymouth the city has a long musical heritage hosting scenes and bands that graced much bigger cities and venues across Britain and Europe in the last 70 years....

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Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club Live at Plymouth University

ABOVE : Dance Music In Devon photographed by Plymouth Photographer. Craig Charles brings his Funk and Soul Club Tour to Plymouth University

Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club | 24/03/16 | Music Photography in the UK | Plymouth University

The Craig Charles Funk and SOul Club is a different kind of night for many of the audience, drawing as it does from right across the Musical, Age and Social spectrum

The man himself has a similarly eclectic CV having graced both the airwaves and our screens here in the UK for many years as both a DJ and actor....

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Looe Music Festival Photograph Folk Punk Band Ferocious Dog ABOVE :UK Music Festival Photography Ferocious Dog performing at Looe Music Festival in the Summer of 2015

Looe Music Festival | 18-20 September 2015 | Music Photography in the United Kingdom | Buzzcocks, Ferocious Dog, Bad Manners, The Changing Room and more

Festivals are a joyous thing to be asked to photograph but each is unique. Looe Music Festival may be among the most unusual and personable I Have ever worked at being situated as it is in A smallish Cornish town, on the beach.

Looe in 2015 hosted a great mix of British talent with seasoned legendary performers, Buzzcocks, Bad Manners and Jools Holland and newer acts Ferocious Dog playing on the beaches main stage, and Sound of the Sirens, Red Shoes and The Changing Room etc, gracing the local BBC Introducing stage inside the marquee....

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 MTV Festival Music Photograph taken on Plymouth Hoe of Chay Snowden with GuitarABOVE : MTV Crashes Live & Local. Chay Snowden. Even in the rain fans brave the conditions and gather to watch Plymouth bands play the final day of MTV Crashes on Plymouth Hoe

MTV Live and Local | 24/07/16 | Music Photography in Plymouth | The Hoe Plymouth

MTV Crashes always seems to fill Plymouth Hoe but 2015 saw the introduction of a live and local Day to round things off, and Give Plymouth Bands the chance to play in front of their home audience, on a big stage.

Bands like Antimatador and The Poet Junkies grabbed the opportunity with both hands and made the gig a very special one despite the rains best attempts to dampen everyone's spirits..

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Punk Rock Music Photography Southern Templars Scooter Rally Liskeard Football Club Cornwall

ABOVE : Photograph of Punk Band The Cleaners playing at The Southern Templars Scooter Rally in Cornwall at Liskeard Football Club

Photographing Punk Rock in Plymouth and the Westcountry | Why I love to shoot The Cleaners

The Cleaners are a Band on a mission to reverse expectations. Much more than just a punk cover band, the band play origianl material as well as a huge list of covers from beofre during and after punk's halycon days.

Nobody likes labels, least of all Punks, but post punk or new wave seem to have been accepted now as part of the musical volcabulary, whereas pre-punk never really caught on. Imagine a cleaner with a dirty mop spreading aural detritus across the audible spectrum, and you are starting to imagine what the Cleaners can do to your ears when like me, (even with protective ear plugs in), you have to get close to work....

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Monochrome Music Photograph Thomas Ford Blues Guitar The Junction Plymouth Music Venue

ABOVE: In Camera Multiple Exposure Photographic image of Plymouth Blues singer and guitarist Thomas Ford playing at The Junction Plymouth

The Westcountry Blues | Devon and Cornwall is the UK's South| Blues and Roots Music Photography by Plymouth Music Photographer

The far reaches of countries seem to bring out the basics in people. Good things like manners and hospitality but also the stripped down essentials that make music tick. It's dna and Bones

Devon and Cornwall are not quite the deep south but they share with it a love of roots music from folk music and bluegrass to blues....

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MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY ARCHIVE

Donn Letts | 01 June 2018 | The Junction | Plymouth

Noble Jacks | 14th April 2018 | The Junction | Plymouth

Trampolene | Himalayas, Sophie and the Giants, The Haze | The Junction | Plymouth

Jack Cookson | 'Chamfer' EP Launch | Underground | Plymouth | Thursday 05 April 2018

Bad Manners | Thursday 29 March 2018 | Plymouth

Haunt The Woods | Saturday 24 March 2018 | Carnglaze Caverns

Album Artwork and Music Promo Photography | Kate Ferguson| Sweet Confusion

The Trees | Monday 23 October| The Bread and Roses

Plymouth Punx Picnic 2017 | Sunday 17 September| Thistle Park

Seth Lakeman at Freedom Community Festival | 04/06/17 | Plymouth Live Music Photography

Damerels, Tripper, Quiet Man, Paul Armer and Bad Credentials at Underground Plymouth | 02/06/17

King Colobus, Waxx and Warhorns at The Junction Plymouth | 02/06/17

The Selecter at Plymouth Hub | | 29/02/16 | Music Photography in Plymouth

Souls of Misfortune at Voodoo Lounge | 12/08/15 | Music Photography in Plymouth

Worried Shoes | November 2014 - May 2016 | The band that meant it | Music Photography

The Ramonas at Underground | 16/03/16 | Music Photography in Plymouth | Rocket to Ruin Tour

The English Beat | 07/10/16 | Music Photography in Cornwall | Zone Night Club, Redruth

Blinded by the Sound | 23-25 September 2016 | Multi Venue Exhibition of Live Music Photography

Black Friday | Port Eliot Festival & Promotional Shoot | Music Photography across the UK

Anarchy In Plymouth | 12/08/15 | The Sex Pistols Experience, London Calling and Broken Hearts

Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club | 24/03/16 | Music Photography in the UK | Plymouth University

Looe Music Festival |18-20 September 2015| Music Photography in the United Kingdom

MTV Live and Local | 24/07/16 | Music Photography in Plymouth | The Hoe Plymouth

Why I love to shoot The Cleaners | Cleaning up with a dirty mop | Photographing Punk Rock

The Westcountry Blues | Devon and Cornwall is the UK's South | Blues Music Photography