Wilko Johnson

The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson – Just Wow!

We in the U.K. can be unbelievably scathing of the BBC.  Auntie Beeb is accused of Ageism, political bias and a host of other crimes.

Every now and again something comes along to remind you of the corporations worth.  On Tuesday evening the BBC screened a documentary film titled: The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson.

Wilko, as any fan knows, was the guitarist and frontman of 70’s alt-rock band Dr Feelgood and since that band split he has forged a solo career.  Back in 2013 Wilko was diagnosed with an inoperable and aggressive form of pancreatic cancer.

Johnson was given months to live.  Julian Temple, a BBC filmmaker was moved by Wilko’s story and arranged to document Johnson’s journey through cancer.  The film was incredibly moving and beautifully put together.  Wilko’s cancer was dealt with sympathetically but above all what shone through was Johnson’s stoicism.

Johnson explains how, having been handed a death sentence, he had never felt so alive.   As fans will know Wilko went on a farewell tour.  A tour that was supposed to signal the ultimate farewell.  Wilko wanted to get back on the road and mused that “if cancer is going to kill me it’s not going to bore me.”


Believing that his end was near Johnson went into the studio with Roger Daltry and recorded the album  Wilko, Over And Out the album title in itself an indication that Wilko knew that the end was nigh.

The most optimistic life expectations came and went and then something wonderful happened.  A photographer who was also a doctor photographed Wilko at a gig and thought that he looked far too well given his illness and prognosis.  As a result he contacted colleagues at Adenbrooks hospital who eventually concluded that an operation to remove the tumour.  Wilko underwent the surgery and has since made an almost complete recovery.

The BBC have created a wonderful piece of work.  A piece of work that had me close to tears and yet which is incredibly uplifting.  The show is available on the BBC iPlayer for the next four weeks I urge you not to miss it.

Since then I have managed to catch Wilko in concert on three occasions.  Check out my photographs if you want to see images of a man who is relishing every extra second he has been given.  Keep on rocking Wilko Johnson.



Black Friday “Sale” – Don’t Make Me Laugh

As a live music photographer I need to have two cameras.  One gets fitted with a 24 – 70 f2.8 lens whilst the other sports the 70 – 200mm f2.8.

My reserve camera simply isn’t up to the job any longer.  I will not name names but I have had great prices of equipment from a U.S. company with a UK base.  The Camera’s are imported from the U.S. with all duty paid so we can achieve savings of around 30%.

I have been keeping an eye on prices over the last few weeks as I am looking to buy either a Nikon D810 or a second Nikon D750 and thought I might bag a Black friday bargain.

Sadly the company has advertised a reduction on the D750 from £1100 down to £1049.  This sounds great when you realise that a well known and trusted UK company has reduced the price from £1799 to £1499.

However the U.S. Company had the same camera body at it’s “normal” prive of £979 just last week.  They are simply ripping customers off under the guise of them “bagging a bargain” on Black Friday.
As the old saying goes “buyer beware.”


Happy Thanksgiving To All My U.S. Friends

As a Brit I don’t know a lot about the U.S. tradition of thanksgiving, it’s not something we do here in the UK.

I do know that it is a huge family occasion in the USA.  I wish you all well, have a wonderful day with your family and know that here in the UK I will be giving thanks to all of the wonderful people I have met from the far side of the pond.



Charli XCX-2

Charli XCX: ‘I Make My Own Decisions, Don’t Judge Me’ [Video]

British singing sensation Charli XCX shot to fame back in 2013 after she featured on two major hit singles, Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”. Since then Charli has become a force to be reckoned with. Charli’s sophomore album was a huge worldwide hit and Charli has been on the road almost constantly since 2013. As well as making hit records Charli has been an outspoken critic of the misogyny that still dominates the music industry. Now Charli has spoken out in a BBC documentary to explain what life is like as a female artist in today’s music industry.

via Charli XCX: ‘I Make My Own Decisions, Don’t Judge Me’ [Video].


A Final piece of Bearded Theory

Evening all.  I am beginning to feel a bit better at last so this will be the last little album of Bearded Theory photographs from this years festival

I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed digging through the archives :)

Enter Shikari

ENTER SHIKARI Announce openers for The Mindsweep Tour UK

Enter Shikari are playing a run of UK dates early in the new year.  The tour will see Enter Shikari move up to arena’s as their popularity grows.

Enter Shikari have announced today that the line-up for the forthcoming The Mindsweep Tour UK 2016 shows is now finalised.
Alongside US label-mates The Wonder Years, the band will be joined by The King Blues who today announced the reformation of their original line-up.
Longtime fans and friends, the bands have previously played together on a number of occasions (this King Blues line-up supported Enter Shikari on their full 2009 UK tour), and Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say on the subject.
“The King Blues are such an important British band. With music influenced by many different genres and cultures, and lyrics that represent and reinforce the people. Its great to have them back.”
“We had a blast when we toured together a few years back, so can’t wait to go off galavanting around the country with them again.”
“And for all those folk (usually the grumbling, weathered and out of touch) in the media asking “Where are all the bands with something to say?” Well, here’s three bands who – even though they approach it from different directions – create music that stems from punk; and carry its spirit, its invigorating power, and its willingness to engage with issues both personal and social”.
Enter Shikari’s tour dates are as follows:
The Mindsweep Tour. UK 2016.
with special guests… THE WONDER YEARS + THE KING BLUES
THUR 18th – GLASGOW – O2 Academy
FRI 19th – EDINBURGH – Corn Exchange
SAT 20th – NOTTINGHAM – Capital FM Arena
MON 22nd – BOURNEMOUTH – International Center
TUES 23rd – CARDIFF – Motorpoint Arena
THUR 25th – MANCHESTER – Victoria Warehouse
SAT 27th – LONDON – Alexandra Palace
Tickets and details : www.entershikari.com/shows
Skinny Lister

A Little More Bearded Theory

Well I’m still feeling rough today though a little better than yesterday.  I thought I would share a few more bearded Theory photos with you.  Enjoy  :)