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Music for Marsden, London, 03 March 2020

Music for Marsden is an amazing event for raising funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity with a formidable lineup of musicians performing their greatest hits at the O2 Arena, London.

The concert started with the great John Illsley, a founder member of Dire Straits, who performed classics such as “Money For Nothing” and “Sultans of Swing”.

Paul Carrack, a longtime member of Clapton’s touring band, and the singer of songs for several bands, performed his hit with Ace, “How Long”. He then invited Mike Rutherford to play “Over My Shoulder” and cover Genesis “I Can’t Dance”.

Paul Jones, amazing singer, blues harmonica player, actor and a very charismatic person! Paul was singing 2 great songs: “Flamingo” and “Do Wah Diddy”.

Paul Young and Zucchero playing “Senza Una Donna” and Zucchero singing “Miserere” joined by Gary Brooker of Procol Harum as a tribute to Luciano Pavarotti. Very moving moment!

Beautiful Bonnie Tyler was singing her hits “Holding Out for the Hero” and “Total Eclipse of the Heart” supported by thousands of people at the venue singing along and switching on the lights.

Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall performed “Stars” and “Something Got Me Started” followed by amazing duet with Tom Jones singing “Ain’t That a Lot of Love”.

Nick Mason took the stage for quite unusual version of Pink Floyd’s fantastic song “Comfortably Numb” supported by amazing band of Guy Pratt, Andy Fairweather Low, Graham Broad, Geoff Whitehorn, Gary Brooker and Olivia Keast.

Yusuf Cat Stevens and Rick Wakeman playing “Morning Has Broken” on stage together for the first time since they recorded it in 1971, what an amazing experience it was! Also Rick Wakeman played the Beatles cover “Eleanor Rigby” and Cat Stevens performed his great timeless song “Wild World”.

The one and only Eric Clapton performed three songs: “Key to the Highway”, “Stormy Monday”, “Crossroads”. The last time Eric performed Stormy Monday was with the Allman Brothers band at the Beacon theatre in New York City in March 2009.

The highlights of the evening included Van Morrison and Eric Clapton jamming on “Help Me”, “Three Chords and the Truth” and “Does Love Conquer All”. They were also joined by Paul Jones playing the harmonica.

Tom Jones got everyone in the place dancing with “Delilah”. He also performed his greatest hits “Green, Green Grass of Home” and “Strange Things Happening Every Day”. Paul Wickens joined Paul Jones playing the accordion.

Gary Brooker was Musical Director of the show. He assembled a stellar house band: Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (keyboards), Andy Fairweather Low and Robbie McIntosh (guitars), Dave Bronze (bass), Graham Broad and Ian Paice (drums & percussion).

Gary also performed Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale”.

The final song “All you need is love” was performed by (from left to the right): Andy Fairweather Low, Nick Mason, Robbie McIntosh, Graham Broad, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Tom Jones, Paul Young, Paul Carrack, John Illsley, Zucchero, Bonnie Tyler and Paul Jones.

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Lil’Ed and the Blues Imperials, Chicago, 23 January 2020

If you have never heard of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, I would highly recommend to check them out! They are not only playing the blues but living the blues. Their live shows are full of energy, joy and electrifying sound. They are performing everywhere around the USA and worldwide, but I have seen them in their hometown Chicago at Buddy Guy’s Legends. It was a night full of smiles, great music and fun! I really hope to see them again!

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Mike Ross, Moscow, 2 Nov 2019

I was very lucky to see Mike Ross and the band as a part of the British Blues Invasion festival in Moscow. Mike has his own unique style which combines blues rock, psychedelic rock, delta blues, Chicago style blues. His live shows are really worth to experience, because they are filled with unique music, powerful voice, virtuosic guitar playing, great sound quality and charismatic performance. Mike takes listeners on a detailed history tour of incredible music beginning in the Mississippi Delta at the beginning of the 20th century and finishing up right back in the present moment.

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Springtime in London

Holland Park.

Japanese Garden.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew was founded in 1759 and keep changing since then. It houses the largest and the most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world.

Palm House

The Dutch House is one of the few surviving parts of the Kew Palace complex.

Temperate House.

Ruined Arch.

Japanese Gateway.

Beauty of nature.

Rock Garden.

Marianne North Gallery and The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.

Chihuly exhibition: Reflections on Nature. The world’s most celebrated contemporary glass artist brought his work to the stunning backdrop of the Kew Gardens.

Chiswick House and Gardens is among the most glorious examples of 18th-century British architecture.

Ionic Temple.

Classic Bridge.

Regent’s Park.

Legendary Abbey Road Studios

Camden Town.

Magnificent Royal Albert Hall.

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A Cappella International Festival, Moscow May 2019

Every spring the entire Moscow is singing! A Cappella International Festival takes place in the city as a part of the Moscow Seasons street events. Solo performers and vocal groups from all over the world are singing at the most unusual concert venues across city. This year I was lucky to see and photograph 3 great bands who are very different from each other and each of them has their unique style.

The Alley Cats, a sunny Doo Wop group from the sunny California. All of their shows are absolutely amazing, full of great sound, positive vibes and tight harmonies. They are performing hits of the 1950 and 60s. It is always a pleasure to see them and listen to their music. Audience loves this band so much, that’s why they won a fan favorite prize!

Just 6 is an amazing band from Johannesburg, South Africa. They are singing some traditional African tunes which sound very unique and some kind of psychedelic. The band is appreciated for their crisp vocals and unforgettable melodies. These guys walked away with the Second Place Prize. 🙂

Six Appeal Vocal band from Minneapolis, USA won Grand Prize this year as well as last year. Their shows are always very dynamic and energetic, their sound is electrifying and fresh. Both the band and audience are having much fun singing along and dancing!