In the beginning

  • St James' Church Dingle

Other Voices is one of Ireland’s most unique music events. Since 2002, the annual gathering has established itself as a musical pilgrimage for the mind and the soul.

    Now stretching along the Atlantic Way from West Kerry North to Derry, Other Voices attracts an expanding array of artists from across the musical spectrum to perform at this intimate musical event which is transmitted worldwide online and as a television series. Past performances include Ellie Goulding, Amy Winehouse, Elbow, The National, Damien Rice, Snowpatrol, Ryan Adams and many others.

    SERIES 1-3 (2002 - 2004)

    The very first Other Voices was recorded in St. James’ Church in Dingle in December 2002. Presented by Frames frontman GLEN HANSARD who has since gone on to become an Oscar winning songwriter. Other presenters were JERRY FISH and JOHN KELLY. Performances took place in St. James’ Church and featured over twenty artists including DAMIEN DEMPSEYBELLX1, THE THRILLS, STEVE EARLE, OCEAN COLOUR SCENE, RODRIGO Y GABRIELA and CATHY DAVEY.

    SERIES 4-5 (2005 - 2006)

    In addition to St. James’ Church, the beautiful Dingle Peninsula provided the backdrop to Series 4 with magical impromptu acoustic performances from ELBOW, ASIAN DUB FOUNDATION, CERYS MATTHEWSMARIZA, BELLX1 and JOSH RITTER.                    

    In addition these two series saw the historic performance of RUFUS & MARTHA WAINWRIGHT together (over 10 million views on YouTube), DAMIEN RICELISA HANNIGAN, JOSH RITTER and AMY WINEHOUSE.                

    Amy landed in Dingle from London and gave one of her most emotional performances. This performance became the heart of BBCs Arena Documentary ‘AMY WINEHOUSE: THE DAY SHE CAME TO DINGLE’. It was the best singing of her career and was voted in the London Times’ top 25 greatest gigs of all time.

    SERIES 6-7 (2007-2008)

    Master of ceremonies since 2003 John Kelly was joined by BBC Radio1 DJ Annie Mac for series’ which saw the legendary producer and writer DANIEL LANOIS come to Dingle, an outstanding performance from GLEN HANSARD & MARKETA IRGLOVA just two months before their Oscar win, and electric performances fromSINEAD O’CONNORBILLY BRAGGIMELDA MAYRICHARD HAWLEYRYAN ADAMS plus a return visit from ELBOW.          

    Series 6 saw the introduction of the Other Room, which gives a platform to unsigned new acts. The IMRO Other Room has opened the door for now established artists VILLAGERSHAM SANDWICH, JAMES VINCENT McMORROW & MICK FLANNERY        

    SERIES 8-9 (2009 - 2010)

    With performances from SNOW PATROLFLORENCE & THE MACHINETEMPER TRAP, JARVIS COCKERANNA CALVITHE NATIONALTHE XXMARINA & THE DIAMONDS the demand on the 80 seater St. James’ Church was challenging.

    In partnership with InTune Networks, Other Voices wired the town and transmitted these magical performances to venues throughout Dingle. This was a first... groundbreaking technology giving access to all.       

    SERIES 10 (2011)

    Series 10 saw Aidan Gillen join the Other Voices Circus. A music trail was established, allowing Other Voices to give a platform for new and vital bands and artists to perform at the same event as their heroes and mentors.LITTLE GREEN CARS sang their hearts out. SBTRKTTHE FRAMESST VINCENT and WILD BEASTS shone.

    Other Voices Dingle / Derry~Londonderry / London (2012-2013)

    What started as a one-off music show in a Dingle church spawned an international music series. The filming of that series subsequently became a multi-faceted music and arts event. While the stellar quality of the music at Other Voices continues to reach ever higher levels, Other Voices is a constantly evolving and innovating force in the world of music events and cultural tourism, constantly exploring and experimenting multi-dimensionally across content programming, event formats and distribution channels. From the small town of Dingle on the west coast of Ireland Other Voices has now travelled north to Derry- Londonderry and east to London bringing with it an unparalleled musical, digital, technological experience to each city. Joining us on the journey wereDAUGHTERLAURA MVULALAURA MARLINGJOHN GRANTMARINA & THE DIAMONDS, LITTLE GREEN CARS, VILLAGERS, NEIL HANNONSAVAGESBETH ORTON and many others.

    Other Voices New York

    On October 27th and 28th, Irish music series Other Voices marked its 10-year anniversary with two sold-out shows at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. The 3-hour-plus program featured an interwoven lineup of Irish and American musicians as well as several notable Irish writers. The program featured GLEN HANSARD (The Frames/The Swell Season), Bryce and Aaron Dessner (THE NATIONAL), BELLX1, MARTHA WAINWRIGHT, actor/director GABRIEL BYRNE, National Book Award-winning author COLUM MCCANN, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet PAUL MULDOON, Booker Prize-winning author RODDY DOYLE, and many others. Each night also featured several surprise guests including LAURIE ANDERSON, JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND, SHARON VAN ETTEN, TRIXIE WHITELY, and DAMIEN RICE who made a rare live appearance.

    Co-Curated by Glen Hansard, THOMAS BARTLETT (Burgundy Stain Sessions), and PHILIP KING (Other Voices series editor), the concert was the first Other Voices event in America and featured unique collaborations mixing traditional Irish fiddle tunes, poetry readings, and contemporary rock music from both sides of the Atlantic. The concert as a whole was immersive and engaging in a way that the best travel experiences can be – allowing one to recognize the familiar and foreign as an inseparable mix, re-contextualizing a place and a people in a fresh and vital way.

    Proceeds from the events benefit the Fighting Words Centre in Dublin, a writing center for Irish youth founded by Roddy Doyle, author of ‘The Commitments’ (the novel later adapted to the popular film that starred a young Glen Hansard.)