Other Voices Festival returns to Dingle, Kerry on 29 November – 1 December. Other Voices has revealed brand new additions to complete the St James’ Church line-up, along with even more emerging acts playing the Dingle Gin Music Trail and IMRO Other Room.
With a 15-year career span, EDITORS are back with the release of their best of album Black Gold. From their Mercury Prize shortlisted debut The Back Room, to #1 debuting An End Has A Start, platinum-selling In This Light and On This Evening, The Weight of Your Love, self-produced In Dream and their 6th top 10 album in a row, Violence, Editors have refused to either stay still or compromise. This is perhaps the key to their longevity.
JOY CROOKES is fast becoming one of the most exciting new stars. She released her brand new single ‘Early’ which features good friend Jafaris. It’s been an incredible year for the London based singer, songwriter, producer and performer. She’s released two EP’s ‘Reminiscence’ and the more recent ‘Perception’ which have won her an overwhelming amount of acclaim. Her unique, fresh and modern approach to storytelling through song has seen her become a treasured new voice. ‘Early’ is the start of Joy’s next captivating chapter.
Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn aka YE VAGABONDS produce beautiful harmony-rich folk music, influenced by Irish trad, Appalachian singing, and the 1960’s folk revival. They have toured with acts such as Villagers, Glen Hansard and Lisa Hannigan. Their second album ‘The Hare’s Lament’ released earlier in the year received huge critical acclaim. Only recently they have won the BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, and they swept the boards at the RTÉ Radio One Folk Awards where they won Best Traditional Track, Best Group, and Best Album.
Young London talent ARLO PARKS recently announced her forthcoming second EP ‘Sophie’, alongside the first taster track ‘Second Guessing’. True to form, it’s a melodic and beautifully articulated sonnet, cementing the notion that she is overwhelmingly considered the majestic voice of Generation Z. This extraordinary trajectory and dream is being played out in real-time for the musician/poet, who just recently celebrated her nineteenth birthday.
In this year’s IMRO Other Room are Anna Mieke, A. Smyth, Junior Brother, Thumper plus the yet to be announced IMRO Open Call Artist. Songwriter Anna Mieke from Wicklow recently released her debut record ‘Idle Mind’ to critical acclaim, she performs on guitar, bouzouki and piano. Dubliner A. Smyth draws influence from the likes of Neil Young, Feist, Bruce Springsteen as seen in his most recent single, the beautiful ‘Hero’. Then it’s time for witty, experimental folk from Kerry singer Junior Brother followed by noise-pop sextet from Dublin, Thumper who have a reputation for raucous and frenzied live shows.
Other Voices have announced their second wave of acts performing as part of the Dingle Gin Music Trail. One-third of Limerick band Rusangango Family, rapper God Knows with his solo project. Electronic pop from multi-instrumentalist Daithi, pop hooks and drum machines of Derry’s Roe. Bringing beats to Dingle, one of Dublin’s finest rappers Mango, joined by 2FM DJ Tara Stewart. Limerick based rapper, singer and poet Denise Chaila, electronic post-punk from Derry’s Autumns. Dublin poet and playwright Stephen James Smith has been central to the rise of Irish spoken word. Natalya O’Flaherty is now established as one of the most exciting names on the spoken word scene.
Dublin alt-rock trio Bitch Falcon produce snarling vocals and pulsating riffs. Duo Tebi Rex have staked their claim with a succession of radio hits. Dublin based duo Bicurious are loud, instrumental and experimental. Electronic pop from Tipperary duo Kyoto Love Hotel. 80’s infused pop and enchanting vocals from Jackie Beverly. Irish-born, indie artist, Seba Safe combines folk, dance and RnB. Boa Morte infuse their brand of alternative folk with elements of electronic.
Hailing from County Meath, Jamie Adam creates alternative electro-pop and fast-rising Kilkenny band The Wha with their dual vocalists have heavy guitar riffs and witty lyricism. Dublin based singer/ songwriter Robert John Ardiff is releasing his first body of work since his critically acclaimed debut album “Between the Bed and Room”. 22-year old RTÉ Choice Music Prize Nominee Laoise writes dreamy, ambitious and frank pop songs about relationships and heartbreak. With richness and layers to her voice Aoife Nessa Frances creates a remarkable sonic sound.
Other Voices is made possible with the support and partnership of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, RTÉ, Kerry County Council, Tourism Ireland, Dingle Distillery, Fáilte Ireland and IMRO.