John McCusker Band, RFH 4.4.2003
This was a wonderful concert. Kate Rusby came out and sang a couple of songs, and there was such a variety of instruments to draw that I got really carried away! They are drawn in ink this time, which is great. The pen tip can stay on the paper and when you draw you make an irreversible decision about the mark. You can't change it in any way so it's like a tightrope walk. The tension of pen and ink is a good discipline. I particularly like the drawings of Mike McGoldrick the flautist and Phil Cunningham the piano accordian player. There are lots of dots on the drawings which is my way of trying to cheat, and making a mark you can't really see to plot where a line should go before you make it. It kind of works. Musicians move a lot but they always return to the same position after a while. If you chose your pose you can look at it for a second and try to fix it in your visual memory while you wait for another glimpse of it.