Frances Thorburn

Dusty Won't Play

If you missed Frances Thorburn in “Dusty Won’t Play”, A Play A Pie And A Pint production at Òran Mór this June, shame on you cause it was a feast (and I’m not talking about the pie). The play which originally premiered in 2017 tells the story of Dusty Springfield’s 1964 visit to South Africa where the singer defied local apartheid laws prohibiting concert performances to mixed race audiences. Frances is a force to be reckoned with, both as an actress and a singer (and those aren’t easy songs to sing), and she was mesmerising. I’m hearing talk of the play being brought back for another, perhaps a larger-scale run if you didn’t manage to catch it this time around. Here are some images taken during the dress rehearsal:

GEAR
Nikon D850 + Nikkor 85mm f1.4

2018 Round Up

Well hello 2019. I’ve read enough short essays from various people on social media summarising their ‘18 so I’m going to spare you (and myself) another one. Instead, here are some of my favourite images I took in the past 12 months:

And, as always, here’s a round up of my favourite music from 2018:

ALBUMS OF 2018

Dirty Computer Janelle Monáe
Caution Mariah Carey
Isolation Kali Uchis
Honey Robyn
Golden Hour Kacey Musgraves
I Used To Know Her H.E.R.
Murmurations Simian Mobile Disco
Bloom Troye Sivan
Ella Mai Ella Mai

SONGS OF 2018

Butterflies Kacey Musgraves
Love That Makes You A Cup Of Tea
Gretchen Peters
Make Me Feel Janelle Monáe
GTFO Mariah Carey
Missing You Robyn
Bloom Troye Sivan
Like Sugar Chaka Khan
After The Storm Kali Uchis
Tongue MNEK
Boys Lizzo
Hard Place H.E.R.

Caezar

Caezar are Joe Donnelly and JJ Gilmour (former members of Scottish band The Silencers). Their debut album "Time" has just been released and I was lucky to work with them on promotional images as well as a music video for the album's second single "Love Is A Reason". The photoshoot took place on a rainy May day last year in Glasgow (huge thanks to Sarah Kesson for assistance). We wanted an urban, gritty feel to the images and Glasgow has plenty to offer in that respect.

The video was a different bag altogether. The band's brief was "black and white, weird and without us in it". I have to admit, I panicked a little - I had done 2 music videos by that point, both pretty much performance-based and I'd never written a treatment for one before. In fact, I almost said no to the project but I eventually had a moment of epiphany, got in touch with the amazing Frances Thorburn asking if she'd be interested in being involved. She said yes, as did Michelle Watson from Kitsch Me Vintage who provided custom headpieces, vintage dress and was in charge of hair and makeup on the day. Fran's spine-tingling performance is what truly makes this video and I can't thank her enough for agreeing to take part in it. We filmed most of it in my living room and in a back lane in Glasgow's Charing X area. There was some additional filming done all over the city centre from Fran's car on one very, very snowy night earlier this year. The visuals of Anton Corbijn were our reference point for both, the photography and the video. Check it all out below and if you'd like to catch the band live you're in luck Caezar are are playing Òran Mór in Glasgow on July 27th (you can get tickets here).

Caezar's debut album cover featuring a still from the video.

Caezar's debut album cover featuring a still from the video.

GEAR:
Nikon D4
Nikkor 50mm f1.4
Reflector
Video was filmed with Nikon D4 + 50mm f1.4 and a Neewer CN-216 LED Light and edited in FCPX.

The Nighting Gals

The Nighting Gals are a 1940s-style, 3-part harmony girl group and earlier this year we've worked together on a photoshoot as well as a promo video. Although there are a few different Nighting Gals, it's Miriam Elwell-SuttonFrances Thorburn and Emma Mullen that are featured here. It was a very bright, colourful, almost pop-arty project and we had a ball on the day (big shout out to the amazing Sarah Michael who was in charge of girls' hair and make up). The promo video features a brilliant mash-up of Britney's "...Baby One More Time", the classic "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen - if they don't make you smile I don't know what will! 

GEAR:
Nikon D700
Nikkor 85mm f1.4
1 x Bowens Gemini 500r with 150cm octabox
1 x Bowens Gemini 400rx with beauty dish
Reflector

Video filmed on Nikon D40 + Nikkor 50mm f1.4 and edited in FCPX

FRANCES THORBURN & FRIENDS

Frances Thorburn is a fantastic singer-songwriter and an actress, known to many for her role as Kim Monroe in River City, and a couple of weeks ago she put on a truly splendid evening of music to raise funds for Moe Abutoq, a film director and a friend of Frances who was diagnosed with MS 2 years ago. The illness has been rapidly advancing and its treatment requires travel to Mexico and some £60,000. Frances invited a host of musicians for the night including Martha L. HealyKathryn JosephAngie Darcy and many more. "Celebration of Songs", as the event was called, took place on February 8th at Saint Luke's and featured material ranging from show tunes to Americana, Broadway to Paula Abdul (yes, really). I was lucky enough to be there and capture the night (see images below). If you didn't manage to attend the fundraiser you can still help Moe by donating to the JustGiving page Frances set up: 

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/frances-thorburnmoeabutoq.


SOUNDCHECK


CELEBRATION OF SONGS