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Qiku at the Mill Sessions

Regular followers of this blog will know I’ve been involved in photographing performers each month for “The Mill Sessions” – a mostly acoustic venue at The Mill on the Fleet, in Gatehouse – a town about 15 miles from here (see Mill Sessions Posts).

Last week's headline performers were Qiku (pronounced kee-koo). Usually based in London, these sisters are in fact half Scottish and half Japanese. They were warm, friendly and a delight to photograph.

The rain was threatening, but fortunately held off just long enough for me to get the shots.

As usual, feel free to click on any of the photos for larger version




They were previously part of a 5 piece band, but are now performing as just the 2 of them, which means there's virtually nothing online about them yet.

So I recorded a couple of their tracks using the video function on my camera. Almost all of their songs are in English, although the 2nd video here has the one song they sang in Japanese.

When they make it big, you can say you saw them here first.

For more about Qiku, visit their website here:
or find them on Facebook here:


Pat said...

Well that must have been a chore for you.


Kim Ayres said...

It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it...

hope said...

What beautifully unique faces! (Yes, I'm sure your camera helped document that).

Can't wait to listen to them as soon as I have a few moments.

Eryl said...

No crevasses on those faces for your camera to enhance!

Will come back and listen tomorrow.

mapstew said...

Beautiful. :¬)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. I'm glad you had both music videos. I enjoyed the 2nd video in Japanese as well.

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

Wow. What a tough job you have sometimes, Kim :-)

What beautiful girls!

Unknown said...

Beautiful girls. Beautiful singing. Japanese song was my favorite, but both were good.

Anonymous said...

Love the music and the photos. Gorgeous gals eh? Thanks for the tip!

Mary Witzl said...

I really liked their music -- and I understood it! The name is a good choice too: 'kiku' means 'listen' or 'hear' in Japanese.

Mimi and Tilly said...

Beautiful photographs Kim. I love the Japanese song best. Em :)

Kim Ayres said...

Hope - hope you enjoyed the videos :)

Eryl - it makes a change to photograph smooth young faces - I do prefer faces where the character and life are a bit more embedded. Although I'm not complaining :)

Mapstew - :)

Allen - I think the Japanese song was my favourite too. The fact I had no idea about the words didn't really matter as I rarely listen to the words of songs anyway. The voice is always another instrument to me

Guyana_Gyal - I know, I should have gone for something easier like aligator wrestling... ;)

Carole - I agree :)

Starrlife - :)

Mary - so, what was the song about?

Emma - me too :)

Halima said...

Loved your post about them. I've never heard of them before- but certainly enjoyed both their songs a lot. Although I wish I could've understood what they are singing in Japanese. Thanks for sharing =)

Kim Ayres said...

Sunshine - thank you for taking the time to visit and comment :)

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