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Ticked all the boxes.....
04th June 2018

It's taken a day to get there but the job is done.

My weekend was busy chasing around the Island completing a list of photo-shoots.

Once again the fun and enjoyment came from the variety of the work.

The shoots included the GK&MC Sprint meeting at Vazon coast road. A Bowls competition (The Sarnia Shield) Vale Rec v Guernsey Bowls Club at the Corbet Field. Saturday ended with too many beers at the Sound in the Market gig... followed by a bus trip and walk home. Yes, I slept well after a busy day (maybe it was the beer?) :-)

Sunday started too early for my hang-over with the Triathlon Super Sprint at Grande Rocque. After a quick edit of the previous work to meet the submission deadline I was off to the Vale Earth Fair fundraising Record Fair. Finally there was a chance to enjoy the fresh air (I needed it) whilst photographing the Living Streets walk in St Peters.

So ended another packed weekend...

These links take you to some of the Galleries:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF SOUND AT THE MARKET
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE VAZON SPRINT
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE TRIATHLON SUPER SPRINT
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE BOWLS SARNIA SHIELD


.... approaching the speed of light!
21st May 2018

I'm not sure that an association can be made between web viewings on this website to the speed of light but, hey, this is my Blog so I'll do what I like!

Purists can e-mail complaints to CLICK HERE TO SEND YOUR COMMENTS if you think I've overstepped the obligation to be accurate and factual within the laws of physics. I imagine my wife will be first to the keyboard... and one of my sons will likely join complainants. They seem to share a liking for correctness!

For the rest of you maybe you'll just go with the flow and allow me to use this lose association as a way to describe the amazing speed that the latest ONE MILLION VIEWS have been added to this website.

Something must have come together... maybe the stars aligned in just the perfect way... for my fastest ever million views.

My guess is that no scientist will bother trying to research how this event happened to allow me to repeat it at will so I'll just enjoy it this time as it might never be replicated.

Whilst I'm here I'd like to say 'many thanks' to everyone who keeps coming back to look at my pics and say that you are now part of a previously unknown 'Law of Physics'.

You can view a few old Blogs recording past MILLION MILESTONES here:
CLICK TO VIEW PREVIOUS MILLION MILESTONES
Pics of The Beast from the Sea......
21st May 2018

The Fermain Tavern had been given a major facelift for the launch of The Recks album 'The Beast from the Sea'.

It was certain that the 'Tav would be packed for the long awaited coming of TBFTS. What was (perhaps) unexpected was the brilliantly themed decor. Nice one guys.

I've photographed The Recks many, many times... you can tell I like them! So I have loads of pics.... and that isn't an exaggeration. The running total of pics of The Recks now runs at over SEVEN HUNDRED!

View a few of my pics here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE BEAST FROM THE SEA ALBUM LAUNCH
Who you gonna call?
18th May 2018

If you want a band with the longest set list ever, who you gonna call?

The Erawigs!

I was at The Fermain Tavern to photograph The Erawigs on a rare appearance on the night before they were to entertain a wedding reception.

I didn't get to that one but my guess is that no-one would have been left with an ounce of energy after dancing all night.... although I hope the newly-weds managed to pace themselves ;-)

My pics of Erawigs are online here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF ERAWIGS
Liberation Day 2018.... 17 hours of fun (for me)!
11th May 2018

Liberation Day in Guernsey is celebrated as our very own Bank Holiday each year on May 9th.

Whilst first-hand memories of the actual occupation grow fewer and fewer with each passing year this special day is still a good excuse to party!

The day also has several established Sports events to go along with the traditional historic cavalcade and live music.

This year the day started early for me as I was assigned to photograph the cycle race at the Imperial…. Up at 6am, that was a shock to the system!

Once those pics were in the can it was straight on to the Lib Day road race at the Houmet, then it was me racing up to The Last Post to meet a Guernsey Press reporter for a news item.

As some of the pics were needed for Thursday’s paper I completed a quick edit and tagging of those pics in the back of my studio van/office using mobile data on my phone to submit the pics.

Then it was off into St Peter Port with things not stopping until past midnight!

It was a very long day… about seventeen hours in all – but the infectious fun combined with the fine weather, smiles and partying kept me going!

I’m working through the edit and the first pics can be viewed here:
CLICK TO VIEW THE FIRST PICS OF LIB DAY 2018
Photography in two contrasting venues....
05th May 2018

The KB Project organized a gig on the famous Fermain Tavern stage on Friday 5th May.

I managed to get along to the 'Tav at the end of a busy evening after I had photographed Gabrielle Aplin and her support act Gregory Harrison at St James Concert Hall.

The contrast between the two venues was quite dramatic. St James has the grandeur, style and scale of a building that was originally built as a church. The Fermain Tavern has the aura of a dark and more intimate club.

Both venues offer unique stages for local and visiting artists to showcase their music. The combination of the two venues illustrates (once again) how lucky we are to have such a wide choice of entertainment available on Guernsey..... if you make the effort to get off the couch!

I've added pics of Gabrielle Aplin, Gregory Harrison and The KB Project to the Gallery:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF GABRIELLE APLIN
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF GREGORY HARRISON
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE KB PROJECT

Sounds good to me....
29th March 2018

The March edition of SOUND took place at the Fermain Tavern on the eve of the schools Easter break.

What a great reason to have a party!

The SOUND crew had invited a top line-up of bands and I was there to capture a few pics.

Tantale headlined the gig and were supported by Watercolour Matchbox and Seven Day Riot

Follow these links to view the pictures:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF TANTALE PLAYING AT THE MARCH SOUND GIG
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF WATERCOLOUR MATCHBOX PLAYING AT THE MARCH SOUND GIG
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF SEVEN DAY RIOT PLAYING AT THE MARCH SOUND GIG
Only the youth have this energy and enthusiasm....
06th March 2018

It's a known fact that only the youth have this energy and enthusiasm.

Last weekend I photographed the SOUND - The Young Ones Vol.2 gig at the Fermain Tavern. This gig was part of a series organized by a charity called SOUND Guernsey.

Specifically set up to support, promote, encourage and nurture young bands and live music in Guernsey SOUND have been working away building a new young live music scene. It is going from strength to strength with a fantastic 'ethos' playing a core part.

Young artists and bands are being 'schooled' in the correct 'behavior' when performing live. They are expected to show respect for their peers and to learn the discipline and 'professionalism' that is required to achieve success.

The gigs are often age-restricted to under 18's so allowing the junior gig-goers to grow, safely, into the live music environment.

The thing that struck me whilst I photographed the latest gig was how young people have endless energy and enthusiasm when they are out with mates doing what they most enjoy. It also reminded me what music does best... it brings people of all backgrounds together to share a good time... the smiles on the faces were proof!

SOUND The Young Ones Vol.2. had been billed as 'featuring the finest of Guernsey's young bands' and 'a night of moshing, circle pits, noise and fun' at The Fermain Tavern.

It did exactly what it said on the tin... or should that be drum kit!

View my pics of track not found, Vice, Cosmic Fish, Isle Stone and Zak Trimmer here:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF SOUND - THE YOUNG ONES Vol.2
Memories are made of this....
19th February 2018

Last Saturday Nessi Gomes played at a special Guernsey homecoming concert as part of the bicentenary celebrations of the St James Concert and Assembly Hall. I was there to capture the atmosphere of this special occasion.

Nessi featured a classical adaptation of her debut album Diamonds & Demons and she had brought together a band that included her select musicians who helped record her album together with some of her elite Guernsey based musician friends.

This well promoted gig was a near sell-out, there were only a few limited view seats left empty. Inevitably expectations were high but I don't think anyone left the imposing auditorium disappointed.

Everything seemed to come together perfectly. The supporting act, Blue Mountains, rose to the opportunity of playing to an attentive audience... their next gig in a noisy pub will never match the ambience of St James!

But, fittingly, it was Nessi Gomes who stole the night with a slick, professional and endearing performance that will leave her friends, family and all that saw her with the impression that she is one of Guernsey's finest song writers and musicians.

I've just uploaded a gallery of my pictures. Follow this link to view them:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF NESSI GOMES PLAYING AT ST JAMES
A night to remember....
14th February 2018

Tantale launched their latest Album 'Tightrope' on a night filled with the best of the Guernsey Live Music scene.

The band had asked Lord Vapour, The Recks and Flexagon to support them. Anyone who has followed the local scene... even on the fringes... will know that this was a night full of headliners.

Now it is just a great memory for those who were there. For the rest of you - take a look at my pics to see what you missed!

The first Gallery online features Tantale... that's just how things should be! The Recks and Lord Vapour will follow ASAP :-)
CLICK TO HERE VIEW PICS OF THE TANTALE TIGHTROPE LAUNCH GIG
The VEF fill two stages with unplugged bands....
06th February 2018

Only the Vale Earth Fair Collective would be able to line up such a mix of 'Unplugged' Bands on the stage at The Fermain Tavern.

In fact they had set up two stages for the stripped back bands to play on in support of the 2018 Vale Earth Fair which is the headline event for the VEF Collective.

The night began with a new local band (they have to be local with their name) The Cor Damme Lars!

The night then, nearly seamlessly, swapped between stages with a lineup that included Savage Sons, Between the Signs, Rectory Hill Skillet Lickers, Ramblin' Nick Mann, Space Pirates of Rocquaine, Blue Mountains and Richie Powers.

I think you'll agree that was a lineup guaranteeing a busy and entertaining night... and it was all for a good cause.

Follow this link to view the pics:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE VEF UNPLUGGED 2018 AT THE FERMAIN TAVERN
The danger of getting a bit too close to the action....
04th February 2018

The first event of the 2018 GVC Downhill MTB series took place in Petit Bot valley on a very muddy and slippery course which challenged the best of the riders.

This was confirmed when I was almost wiped out by a rider who lost control at the bottom of the hill! I was soaked from the waist down by muddy water!

In the end everything (including the rider) was OK... the mud splashes over my clothing disappeared after a visit to the washing machine and the cameras and lenses were fine after a more gentle wash!

That's the price a 'tog pays when getting close to the action ;-)

My weekend involved plenty more action in the form of the Guernsey Raiders Rugby against Sidcup - a 69-5 win for the Raiders produced plenty of the afore mentioned action!

I also covered the Guernsey Athletic's Junior Cross Country at L'Ancresse. This was run in a strong and bitterly cold wind making it a real challenge to the willpower and determination of the very young competitors. Well done guys 'n gals.

There was more ' gig action' on Saturday evening at the Vale Earth Fair's 'Unplugged' fund raiser at the Fermain Tavern.

All the edits are in work. Keep a check on this News Blog for updates to the Galleries.

First up are the MTB Downhill pics:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE MTB DOWNHILL RACE
Things begin to get back to normal after the loss of an amazing man....
22nd January 2018

I've mentioned in previous Blogs that 2017 was a quite traumatic year for my family.

During the year my 90 year old father slowly found life getting more challenging and this wonderfully brave and independent old soldier had to accept that he needed more help from his family.

I chose to spend more time as his Carer before he eventually needed to move into a Care Home. Sadly, after his health deteriorated further, he died on the 27th of September.

Ultimately this was a happy release for dad (and his family) as his pain and confusion is no longer troubling him. We are left with fantastic memories of an incredible man who lived life with such a positive attitude. He could find fun and adventure in everything he did and he shared an exceptional marriage with his dear Madelaine.

Only now, after the passing of the months, am I finding that I can focus on getting my life back into some 'normality'.

This has seen me trying to catch up with some of the editing that wasn't completed due to a lack of time.

The latest updates that I've completed show the coverage that I made of the new Jersey Weekender Festival. This was a major edit as it features the full two days of fun and 26 of the Bands!

I'm pleased to say that the job is done! You can view the pics here:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE 2017 JERSEY WEEKENDER FESTIVAL
.... it's catchup time!
03rd January 2018

Thankfully, last year won't get repeated. It was a year that my family experienced the death of my father, Leslie Le Poidevin.

He was a wonderful man who was loved, respected and compassionate. He made a real difference in the world by the way he chose to live life... and he led a life that was worthy of a movie.

He was of a generation that experienced being evacuated from Guernsey to Scotland as a child. Whilst there he had many adventures. He then joined the Army and served in Palestine where the adventures continued... like I mentioned before, there really could be a film made of his encounters.

Sadly, towards the end of his life things became confusing and an old wound he sustained in a roadside bombing made his mobility very difficult.

It was during these final years that I was privileged to become his carer until he needed more specialist help in a Care Home. This final move was the worst thing I've ever had to be part of but it was for dad's comfort and safety.

Maybe I'll try and write down some of dad's many adventures when I have a little time as my children and grandchildren should be able to share some of the stories.

All this Blog so far has been to explain why the last year or two have been challenging at times to find the time to keep this website up to date. The same goes for the cataloguing of my pics into my IMatch Database.

So the last few days it has been 'nose to the grindstone' trying to catch up with the backlog. One big update that has now been completed is to the 2017 Vale Earth Fair gallery... and it's a real biggy!

Find the pics here:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE COMPLETED VALE EARTH FAIR 2017 GALLERY
track not found EP launch at St James.....
29th December 2017

I'm guessing that the hallowed walls of St James hadn't seen (or heard) the likes for a long time... maybe never!

The event was the launch party of the track not found EP. The band had invited Lord Vapour to warm the party up first with a set of their heaviest sounds and this proved to be a good choice as once the girls took to the stage things were bubbling along nicely.

'The Only Way Is Lost' does a good job of showcasing tnf's live sound and is a notable achievement for such a new and fresh young band.

I'm sure they are destined to even greater things in 2018. The future is in good hands. Make sure you catch one of their gigs.

Follow this link to view pics of the track not found launch party:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE TNF LAUNCH PARTY
Town rocked on Christmas Eve.....
26th December 2017

Christmas eve was anything but quiet in St Peter Port.... although you did need to know where to look for the fun!

A couple of venues had opened their doors to live music on the eve before crimbo and that was the formula to drag the punters in.

Whilst the High Street and most pubs were echoing in their emptiness the Golden Lion and The Vault were packed to the bar by revelers with a mind to start the party early.

My first call was to the Golden Lion where Joe Corbin was playing a rare gig in his home town. Joe now lives in the UK and gigs all over playing his Blues.

I then popped across town to The Vault to catch an energetic set by Thee Jenerators before seeing the headline act, Of Empires. This band now also resides in the UK playing regularly... and it showed. Of Empires were tight, professional and polished. Indeed their set was one for my short-list of 'Best Gigs in 2017'

This year has been another memorable one featuring our ever-strong live music scene. With just days to go before the New Year I hope 2018 will give us more of the same.

You can view pics of the Christmas Eve gigs here:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF JOE CORBIN
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THEE JENERATORS
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF OF EMPIRES
It's SALE TIME... and it's not even January yet!
23rd December 2017

In a rare moment (for me) of Festive good spirit and cheer I've started my January Sale already :-)

Whatever the reason... be it the ample partaking of the Single Malt or the mild weather this gives you a chance to make real savings on the regular price of A4 & A3 sized colour prints.

When you purchase 5+ A4 prints they now cost just £6 each.

Order 5+ A3 prints and they now cost just £14 each. I recommend the A3 size as I think that prints look their best when printed BIG.... but I may be biased :-)

These reductions represent savings of up to 25%!

This FESTIVE MADNESS won't last forever so take your chance to pick up an early JANUARY BARGAIN before my rosy glow of Christmas wears off!

The reductions are made automatically as you check your Shopping Cart after adding the required quantity of a print size.

Seasons Greetings to you all.....
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Maybe palm trees and ganja were the missing elements....
18th December 2017

Jamaican born Reggae artist Tall Rich played at a Vale Earth Fair gig last weekend.

Tall Rich became another notable artist to play on the legendary Fermain Tavern stage which has hosted most styles of music.

The Singer/Songwriter had been billed as 'pure, original and spiritual with a natural mystic'... what would a Guernsey crowd make of that?

He was backed by one of Guernsey's favorites - RentOClean who became 'RentOBand' for the night. They had added keyboards, vocals and bongos to fill out their sound. One got the feeling that the initial 'vibe' on stage wasn't quite as chilled and laid back as you would expect at a Reggae gig. But once their early tension relaxed RentOClean stepped up to the plate and did a great job playing a full set of newly learnt songs. Well done guys and gal :-)

The feedback after the gig was mixed... many loved the chance to see an authentic Reggae star and enjoyed the Jamaican rhythm... others were left unimpressed. Maybe (for them) Guernsey lacks the palm trees and ganja to make Reggae feel at home?

My pics are now online here:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF TALL RICH PLAYING AT THE FERMAIN TAVERN
These two events mean that it must nearly be Christmas...
16th December 2017

It's tradition and these two events are now established in the 'warm-up' to Christmas.....

Perhaps the Guernsey School of Popular Music should be re-named as 'Guernsey's Popular School of Popular Music' as each year sees it increase in size as new students join those who were there at the start.

This years Christmas Concert (the first of a two-night double-header) was held again at the Church on the Rock which is now barely big enough to hold all the parents and friends who want to see and hear the progress of the students.

The SoPM Concerts specifically showcase the schools newest students whilst the SoPM Gig Nights give the more experienced a chance to play a real venue complete with professional sound and lighting.... and photographer ;-)

This link will take you to the Christmas Concert:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2017 SoPM CHRISTMAS CONCERT

The following evening it was the turn of the old school ;-)

This gig has now become one of my favorite gigs of the year.

Guernsey's School of Popular Music organize a couple of 'show-case' gigs each year where they offer their more experienced students the opportunity to play at a professional venue with the benefit of full stage sound and lighting.

I've photographed most of the SoPM events and have had the pleasure of seeing young solo artists and bands develop their talents and confidence when playing live.

Every year a new star is born... the local music scene of the future was on show at The Doghouse for the 2017 SoPM Christmas Gig.

Follow this link to view the Christmas Gig pics:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICS OF THE 2017 SoPM CHRISTMAS GIG
It's official. The word is out.....
02nd December 2017

It's official. The word is out.

After 'track not found' played last Friday night at The Fermain Tavern with The Recks, Flexagon and Dolmens the buzz is that this young band is one of the most exciting new bands on the Guernsey music scene.

I have to agree :-)

track not found pen most of the songs in their set which features an edgy punk sound. I can remember the first time I saw the band play back in the summer. Even then I thought they showed promise but the speedy development of their own sound together with a growing confidence and individuality in their stage presence and style has been surprising.

And I think this band has a lot to come yet. They are really contemporary and will capture a growing fan base the more they play.

It was notable among the crowd at The Fermain Tavern that many people hadn't seen the band before and the general comments where all positive and suprised.

Indeed the whole of the night showcased the Guernsey/Sark music scene really well. Also on the bill were Dolmens... another fairly new (but maybe not quite so young!) band fronted by Stace Blondel who had his usual antics of climbing and hanging off anything near the stage restricted by the guitar hanging off his shoulder.

I must say that this bands performance was most enjoyable and (maybe) benefited from Stacey being stuck to the spot as his vocals showed more tone and complexity. Another great addition the the local music scene.

Flexagon filled the space between bands with weird and quirky sounds and samples. A great effort Sir.

Headliners were The Recks. They produced what we have come to expect together with new tracks. The crowd loved them and they certainly haven't lost the magic. In fact I think their set had more sparkle, rhythm and 'bounce' then recent gigs.... not very well explained I know. I'll leave the technical review stuff to Tom Girard!

I only know what I know and like... and this lineup at the 'tav ticked most of my boxes.

I've added a few pics of the gig here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF TRACK NOT FOUND

CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF DOLMENS

CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE RECKS