Rockin' For Rainbow Valley

February 10, 2014  •  1 Comment

When my mate Mark Quinn said he was arranging a charity gig night in aid of Rainbow Valley I jumped at the chance to help out and record the evening. Rainbow Valley is a great cause and please look them up from the links and see the great work they do helping people affected by cancer and give them and their families and friends the opportunity to make choices about their health, the disease and it's affects. A great charity indeed.

So I spent a evening listening to great local bands and taking some images from the night and it was a real pleasure. Click on any of the photos below to go to the gallery. There's tons from the night so if you want to see some more let me know. Also you can browse to the gallery under the Gigs menu at the top of this page.

I'm not going to give an in depth review of the music but safe to say it was an eclectic mix and all bands were brilliant in their own way.

First on were North Pier playing a mix of self penned and cover songs. Big talent from these young boys. Check them out

Following on were Lil' Elle. Acoustic set with some great songs and covers. Great voice and personally I loved the guy on the guitar who was really solid on his rhythms.

Forger. Doom metal. Scary but pretty cool looking back. The bass nearly shook my fillings out!


Losing Ground One word, brilliant, energetic, melodic, fun, foot tappin'. Ok more than one word. Safe to say I enjoyed them a lot! Really strong songs sang with passion and the crowd loved them too.


Quinn's of Lyin' - This is Mark's band and he really should do this more. Kings of Leon are one of my favourite bands and Mark and the boys really did their tunes justice. Great voice too Mark! PS I want your guitar!

Doghouse Howlers. Nice and tight and just my type of bluesy rock. Nice vocals and strong guitars and drums. PS I want that guys Rickenbacker it was beautiful!

That's it.


Photographically it was really challenging in extreme low light with only a few foreground lights coming in at the last minute as the venue isn't set up with any stage lights. Really high iso's and wide apertures needed and deep reds and blues of the lights meaning majority had to be converted to mono which I think looks cool anyway. Overall I'm pleased with the results.

Hope you enjoy and well done again for Mark raising over £1000 for this great charity.


Mark Quinn(non-registered)
Fantastic review and photos Martin. You are such a talent and such a great guy, giving of your time. The photos look brilliant in b and w. My personal favourite is the one here of FORGER.....they look amazing.

Thanks again my friend.

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