John Soffe – Letterkenny Trad Week (2014 -)

RCC Foyer Exhibition

January 2018

“I got into photography out of curiosity and always had a crazy notion of photographing live music. Luckily it came true and it’s a privilege.

The madness of gigs really appeals to me – the unpredictable light, people moving about, the limited room to manoeuvre.

I get to see people at their most intense, most relaxed, lost in the music. Hopefully the photos tell that story.”

John Soffe is a Donegal based photographer originally from Dublin. He has exhibited extensively throughout Donegal and was a featured artist during the Earagail Arts Festival in 2012 and 2014. His work has been published by the New York Times, RTE, BBC, The Irish Times and Time Out New York.

Artists pictured in this exhibition include Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Maura O’ Connell, Karen Casey, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Ciarán O Maonaigh, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Nia Byrne, The Rheingan Sisters, Lankum, Martin Carhty, Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Joe Henry, Coirm, The String Sisters, Lau and Sharon Shannon.

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Billy Bragg pictured with Joe Henry at Letterkenny Trad Week 2017