Favourite café: George at the Thai Royal Orchid in Ennis lets me abuse his WiFi, and the coffee isn’t bad either
Current listening: The Mooche — Duke Ellington. The last gig I attended: Bushplant in Brandon’s, Ennis. On fire.
The last book I read: Ansel Adams: An Autobiography
My last trip to the theatre: In September at Electric Picnic, Neil Watkins stuck his head into Happy Campers’ Tea & Toast where I was working and gave us his monologue of torment, shame, aggression: ‘The Year of Magical Wanking’. We were all amazed.
The last exhibition I attended: ‘The Other Traverse City’, photographs by Alan Newton, at Grand Traverse Commons in Michigan
My favourite film: The Big Lebowski. Does anyone tire of this film?
My favourite writer/artist/musician and why: I love reading a poem or short story by Charles Bukowski around bedtime.
My favourite work of art: Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev. The humble melodies narrate my own life story on a day to day basis.
My favourite venue: Brandon’s in Ennis. Voted the worst pub in Europe by FHM. I love it. Friendly, weird, humble, and it constantly changes, as Declan Brandon is always hammering and sawing away at the place.
The writer/artist/musician I would most like to meet: Louis Armstrong. What a musician, and personality — the Dalai Lama of music
Bio: Andrew is from Traverse City, Michigan He moved to Ireland in 2003, and currently resides in Kilmaley, County Clare. Once a professional bike mechanic, competitive cyclist and IT professional, Andrew now focuses on nurturing his more creative side through photography and design. This is Andrew’s third year working as event photographer in locations all over Europe, even as far as Tel Aviv. Dance photography is a very specific niche of event photography. An understanding of the intricacies of social dancing is his secret to capturing the perfect moments. An exhibition of his work in dance photography will be on display in Dublin in March.
Upcoming show: Andrew has been working closely with Daragh Regan to get the inaugural Cork Jazz Dance Exchange off the ground, first by designing the website, logo and promotional artwork, and later, as photographer for the entire weekend.
Cork Jazz Dance Exchange is adding a new layer to the Guinness Jazz Festival by bringing swing dancers from far and near to experience a weekend in Cork packed with the best live music, socialising and dancing. The events are mainly in the Camden Palace Hotel.
Two late night venues, the Bowery (Friday) and the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery (Saturday & Sunday), are perfect to keep the fun going into the early hours. October 26 — 29 corkjazzdx.com
Interview: Marc O’Sullivan