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The Alan Kelly Quartet - St Patrick's Day - part 6

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 31 May 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

St Patrick's Day was a bit special for us this year. The Alan Kelly Quartet played a gig to open the National Museum's A True History of the Irish in Australia.

For this gig, his band was complete with fiddle, flute and guitar.

Here, you see a final shot of Alan - absorbed in his music. I have a few more shots of the 'Kelly Gang' - but will save these for future posts. This night of traditional Irish music was a treat to attend. I hope you enjoyed the series!

Hailing from Galway in Ireland, Alan Kelly is a very spirited piano accordion player. Alan's brand of Celtic music is in great demand around the world. As a result, he told us, he has not been back home on St Patrick’s Day for many years!

NIKON D5000 1/160 second F/2.8 ISO 3200 90 mm

Dana from Tarzana, CA,, United States

Outstanding! One more tribute to the box. This shot's an earth-tone gem, with the accordion player lost in reverie.

31 May 2011 5:49am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Jolie série ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

31 May 2011 6:13am

@jpla: merci beaucoup, JP

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic portrait in action!

31 May 2011 6:23am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Wonderful portrait...

31 May 2011 6:28am

tataray from france, France

Magnifique. Quel portrait !...
L'amour de la musique ... Génial.

31 May 2011 6:50am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A moment of pleasure for the soul ... close! Pick you knew this supreme moment of the musician ... I had seen this expression on the face of my mother when I was playing Bach with his cello. It is a moment that I could never forget ... Today we repeat here. A big recall for my soul friend. Thank you very much... A hug, Adela

31 May 2011 7:10am

@Adela Fonts: I am so pleased it brought back such memories for you, Adela!

Lara from Vienna, Austria

again, I must say this series vibrates with human beauty, movement and sound! excellent!

31 May 2011 7:51am

@Lara: Thanks, Lara. A beautiful way to sum it all up!

Mhelene from Paris, France

A beautiful moment captured ,all in the music !

31 May 2011 7:53am

Sam from Chennai, India

Outstanding ... Alan absorbed in his music. A wonderful moment so well captured. This is a visual beauty of music ... Five Stars***** Love it. Thanks, Stephen :)

31 May 2011 8:05am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

He is in ! Nice portrait ! Phil

31 May 2011 8:30am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

He is very concentrated on its music and we read this concentration on the face. Excellent portrait

31 May 2011 8:36am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Beautifully framed with lovely light
by the way you got the windscreen right
but there is not a drop of ice in sight :)

31 May 2011 8:38am

Florence from Paris, France

Lovely portrait of a musician. Seems really inspired.

31 May 2011 8:42am

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

His concentration beautifully captured!!

31 May 2011 9:22am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

This has been a lovely series

31 May 2011 9:34am

@CElliottUK: Thanks, Chris. Glad you enjoyed the series!

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand


31 May 2011 9:46am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Another beautiful portrait,and a great one to end this series with! Enjoyed them all Stephen!

31 May 2011 10:06am

@Thea: Thanks, Thea. Glad you enjoyed the series!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Lovely portrait ! Funny expression ;)

31 May 2011 11:55am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

You have captured the soul of his music in this shot Stephen! Congratulations on this very upbeat and musical series! ;-)

31 May 2011 11:58am

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks, Eric. Glad you enjoyed it!

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

A fine portrait. I like the way the accordion picks up the green light & the very interesting placement of the mics.

31 May 2011 12:28pm


Strewth, he's nodded off mid note! Now there's a great shot of a usician and his concentration. Very well captured for this excellent series.

31 May 2011 12:34pm

@DESPITE STRAIGHT LINES: Thanks, Paul. Glad you enjoyed the series!

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Reunion

En voilà un qui joue les yeux fermés! Pour mieux entrer en résonance avec les accords intérieurs...
Bonne journée lumineuse!

31 May 2011 12:37pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

He's certainly tuned in mentally.

31 May 2011 12:53pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Oh Stephen, you certainly know when to press the shutter! This is a beautifully touching portraiture... I'm moved to feel the music!:-) Another marvelous low light capture!

31 May 2011 1:54pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Excellant expression you captured here, and the composition is superb!

31 May 2011 2:05pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Beautiful indeed, Stephen - you are the head master of the school of musical performance photography....as well as so many other "schools" "well done, me lad!"
And on a slightly more serioous note, thank you so very much for your kind comments on my blog, Stephen, not just yesterday but always...it is a true pleasure to trade back and forth with you ;-)

31 May 2011 2:44pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thank you, Denny!

Dutch from Neverwhere, United States

Such beautiful emotion and.. I still envy his accordion!

31 May 2011 2:59pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Fantastic expression captured. I think it is one of the best if not the best IMO in this series.

31 May 2011 4:47pm

@Francisco Romero: Thank you, Francisco!

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon,, Canada

Try and guess what this commercial is for … BEFORE it ends …


31 May 2011 4:47pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: Good one, Phil - just brilliant!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very fine shot of this man playing his music. Total concentration it seems.

31 May 2011 5:18pm

Wolfen from Villefranche S/S, France

Une belle série de portrait de musicien ou la passion de leurs activité est communicative !!
Bonne semaine

31 May 2011 5:21pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful capture of this musician engrossed in his performance!

31 May 2011 5:38pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Wonderful portrait of this great musician! Love the green hair! I would have loved to hear them!!!

31 May 2011 5:56pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Wonderful portrait...

31 May 2011 5:59pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

I bet the music pulled at his heart strings for the homeland. Another good musical shot.

31 May 2011 6:08pm

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

grate shot

31 May 2011 7:09pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Nailed it! Another fine eyes-closed and feeling IT, moment.

31 May 2011 7:26pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Beautiful portrait !!!!!

31 May 2011 8:05pm

Kat from Lorraine, France

A fond dans la musique ! superbe portrait d'artiste !

31 May 2011 8:19pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

Climax! Getting there!

31 May 2011 9:10pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

A great finale to an amazing series
Well done Stephen!

31 May 2011 10:29pm

@Don Levesque: Thanks, Don. Glad you enjoyed it!

Becky from los angeles, United States

wonderful! "In the zone" image!

1 Jun 2011 3:06am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great portrait! Nice lighting...

1 Jun 2011 4:39am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

I have enjoyed this series sooooo much - thanks for sharing it.
I would love to hear the Quartet myself someday.

1 Jun 2011 10:11am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Thanks, Sharon. I do hope you catch them on tour one day!

1/160 second
ISO 3200
90 mm