The Diddly Eye Team
Sean Laffey (Irish Music
Magazine) and Stephen Power (Traditional
Notes) are two photographers with over
60 years experience of capturing the essence of Irish traditional music,
whether that is at home in Ireland or in such divers places as New York,
Boston, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Dallas,
Cape Breton, Amsterdam. Tonder, Brittany, Germany, Italy
and the UK.
Sean Laffey is the Editor of Irish
Music Magazine, the prestigious monthly independent traditional and folk music publication
currently in its 16th year of production. As such he knows
technical demand of press photography inside out - and his contact book
is a veritable "Who's Who" of the traditional and folk music world.
Sean is a Member of the NUJ, an award winning photographer and is much published; he has exhibited galleries of Traditional Irish music photographs in Ireland, the UK, USA, Canada and Italy. His work regularly appears on the web and has been featured in-flight and international magazines.
He has designed and
produced programmes for the Munster CCÉ Fleadhs and is actively involved in
promotional marketing. He is currently the President of the Cashel Chamber of
Commerce. Sean has been involved with event management since his university days in
the 1970s and is currently the Honorary Festival Director for the Cashel
Heritage Trust. He understands festivals from "the ground up" and brings that
sensitivity to his photography.
Stephen Power is an award-winning professional photographer with more than 28 years experience in editorial and commercial photography.
His interest in photographing musicians began in the early 1980's when, as an official photographer at The Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool UK, his subjects included Carl Perkins (the composer of "Blue Suede Shoes") Ozzy Osbourne and an array of British Rock and Heavy-Metal bands.
His book "Traditional Notes: A Celebration of Irish Music and Musicians" published by The Liffey Press (Dublin) in 2011 has received critical acclaim in Ireland, the UK and the USA.
He won the 2007 Guru Award for photography from the American association NAPP and has photographed for corporate organisations, government bodies, newspapers, magazines, book publishers and advertising agencies. Stephen is a member of The National Union of Journalists of the UK and Ireland.