Ladies of Soul @ Celtic Connections

Ladies of Soul @ Celtic Connections

A collaborative triple bill of up-and-coming soul talent, highlighting the genre’s 21st-century vibrancy. Born in Nigeria, now Glasgow-based, Unoma Okudo has opened for Macy Gray and Alexander O’Neal, and won high praise for 2016’s debut EP Odyssey, reflecting her musical journey from childhood singing in church to contemporary jazz/soul stylings.

London’s Sharlene-Monique, who’s toured with Grammy nominee Oleta Adams, combines emotive, gospel-tinged vocals with inspiring songs of empowerment and self-acceptance, while adventurous Glasgow quintet Flembot – compellingly fronted by Rachel Lightbody, and featuring Breabach bassist James Lindsay – cite influences that range from Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan to funk/electronica duo Knower.

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The Old Man of Stoer

The Old Man of Stoer

The North West Highlands are one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland. We were up there for 4 days staying in a wee cottage in Lochinver.  The first evening we headed up the coast to Stoer Lighthouse. One of 200 lighthouses around the Scottish coast it sits overlooking the Atlantic and on a clear day you can see over to Lewis. Further around the peninsula sits the Old Man of Stoer. It's about an hour and a half walk from the lighthouse and for the most part there is no defined path. Make sure you have wellies of a good pain of walking boots, its fairly soggy. We arrived just as the sun was setting, and after a dismal day consisting of rain and lots of cloud it was a welcome sight. 

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam. I was over gigging with Eabhal a few weeks back, playing at in the Hague and also in Mulligans Irish Bar in Amsterdam. Here's a few shots from around the city.

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Sea Kayak Photography Course

Sea Kayak Photography Course

Earlier this month I took part in a photography course with Gordon Brown from Skyak Adventures and Angus Mackie from Scotland 360°. The three day course took place on Skye with one day in the classroom and two days on the water. For me this was a good chance the get back into kayaking as it had been almost a year since the last outing. From a photography point of view, I just wanted to get out and shoot, get the creative juices flowing and to shoot something different for a change. 

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