Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Preview visit England December 2008

It's been way too long since my last update. It was not a lack of pictures. More a lack of time and energy. The past few months have been very hectic. But hopefully the next year will be a little less hectic and more relaxed.

Anyway me and my Mrs. were in England last week to visit a good friend of ours who was staying at his parent's house in Devon around X-mas. We made some trips and I shot some pics. There are more to follow, but here is a little preview from a few that I shot at Bude, North-Cornwall. In the upcoming week I'll try to post some more pics from this trip.

BTW, the pics in this posting were shot with the Panasonic TZ5.
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Friday, August 29, 2008

Parkpop 2008 (3)

Here are the last selected pics from Parkpop 2008. This time some pics taken during the performances of Kula Shaker and Sheryl Crow. They both played a good set. With the set of Sheryl Crow we couldn't get so close to the stage, so that's why I had to use the maximum zoom on my lens. That also made it hard to get sharp pictures in a constant moving crowd. Anyway here are the last pics from Parkpop 2008. Enjoy it!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Parkpop 2008 (2)

Well it took a little while since my last posting, but there were some good excuses for not posting. First there were some serious health issues in the family. I don't want to go into details about that. And work was very busy and demanding over the past weeks. All this stuff was absorbing a lot of energy and that's why I kept my weblogs over a low flame the past time.

But tonight I had some time and energy, so I decided to prepare a post with some left pics from the Parkpopfestival 2008 where we went the end of last June.

In my former post I only posted pics from the performance of the Dutch band Moke. This time pics from some other bands too. The first pic is from another Dutch band or better from two of it's members. The band is called Silkstone. When we arrived at the stage they were almost finished. We only caught their last two songs, which didn't sound too bad, but it was not enough to give an honest impression of their total performance.

The next band after Silkstone was the band Moke. Pics 2, 3 and 4 are from their performance. They gave a good energetic performance. My wife N. who never heard from them before also liked their performance.

Pics 5, 6, 7 and 8 were from the performance of Matt Bianco, a band with jazzy and latin influences who had their peak in the eighties, split up and officially got reunited in 2003. Although it was not exactly my cup of tea I must admit that the band was playing very tight and had a very good hornsection.

Pics 9 till 14 were from the performance of Monte Montgomery, which was the biggest surprise for me of the festival. It isn't the most innovative band in the world but definitely a hell of a live band. For some comment on their performance you can check my former post. Later I will make a post on my musicweblog BrownNoiseMusic with a video from his instrumental version of Jimi Hendrix' "Little Wing". Probably with some other coverversions.

The next posting will contain the last pictures from Parkpop 2008 with pics from Kula Shaker and Sheryl Crow. For now enjoy the pics below.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Parkpop 2008 The Hague, Netherlands - Intermezzo

It's been a while since my last posting. Time flies when you're having fun!

Although this will disturb the chronology of my postings, this as an intermezzo with a preview from some of the pics I took last weekend during the Parkpopfestival 2008, one of the biggest free popfestivals in Europe which is held every year on the last Sunday of June. I will try to post some more pics during this week, I also shot some videos. If they came out okay and the sound is not too bad I will post them on YouTube and will make a post about it on my musicweblog BrownNoiseMusic.

In this some pics from the Dutch band Moke from Amsterdam. They are a very good live band and played an excellent gig at the festival. The band had their major breakthrough last year and their debutalbum Shoreland is selling pretty well in Holland.

We had a great time at the festival. Other artists/bands that played were Kula Shaker, Sheryl Crow, and Monte Montgomery. This last band was new to me, but I was glad I didn't went to the other stage and gave it a shot. This was with no doubt a new musical discovery for me. It's just acoustic guitar, bass and drums, but what a band. This guy played excellent guitar. It was an electric acoustic guitar, but he did things on it that a lot of electric guitar players don't do on their electric guitars. He played a wonderful instrumental version of Little Wing from Jimi Hendrix. I surely going to check some of their CD's, but for some reason I have the feeling that their best performances will be on a live album and not on their studio albums.

For now enjoy the first pics of Parkpop 2008 from the band Moke. There will be more pictures of the festival and some of the bands that played later.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Maastricht part 3

Today part three which will be the last part with some selected pics from our trip last year to Maastricht. There will be a little bit of backgroundinformation, but some pics are just showing some atmospheric impressions.
This is inside the Church of Our Lady (Onze Lieve Vrouwe Kerk sorry only Dutch), one of the oldest churches of Maastricht. The current church dates back to the 11th century and the foundations of the western part have been dated back to the year 1000 A.D. It is said that there was a preceding church which dates back to 500 A.D. The church early constructions are Romanesque and the later constructions Gothic. Since 1933 the church is a so called minor basilica.
While we were inside there was a rehearsal going on from a music ensemble who were playing medieval music. The acoustics of the church was amazing and the music sounded gorgeous.
Part of the citywalls of Maastricht.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Maastricht part 2

Today part 2 of a selection of pics from last year's daytrip in September to Maastricht.
Basilica of Saint Servatius
On the right you see the tower of the St. Jan Church and on the left the back of the Basilica of Saint Servatius
A colourful lady who was shooting polaroids from tourists
The interior of the Basilica_of_Saint_Servatius
With the sunshine outside those stained-glass windows looks much nicer
One of the side entrances of the Basilica