The first bands to play the eir Other Voices Festival in association with Heineken in Dingle from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December have been revealed.
Adding to the magic in Dingle will be:
Come On Live Long
Waldorf and Cannon
Mango and MathMan
The 13 venues used in the town are An Díseart, Nellie Fred’s, An Droichead Beag, John Benny’s, The Marina Inn, McCarthy’s, An Chonair, Dingle Brewing Company, Paul Geaney’s, Adams, Bean in Dingle, Kennedy’s and Murphy’s.
More music Trail acts will be announced in the coming weeks. There will be 70 free events as part of the festival (head to www.othervoices.ie and register for Festival wristbands).
Venues will be hosting the eir live-stream from the main filmed gigs from St. James’ Church.
Jim Carroll’s Banter will return and is set to feature conversations with playwright Enda Walsh, Rough Trade’s Geoff Travis and Jeannette Lee, documentary director Emer Reynolds, AVA Festival’s Sarah McBriar, cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell, writer Sinead Gleeson will present the arts review of the year and Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó’Maonaigh will be exploring traditional music in contemporary times.
The Dingle Cookery School are organising food stalls in the town also for the weekend.
Bot’Ox are a French band that R.S.A.G’s Jeremy Hickey has been drumming with over the last couple of years when he’s not drumming for his own project. ‘The Face Of Another’ is an electro stomper with vocals from Anna Jean that remind me of Trish Keenan (RIP). The song takes a diversion with Goblin-style eerie prog synth in its second half.
The video, directed by Flokim Lucas and made by Delapost Paris has a lot of sordid sexual imagery in it but it’s rendered in bright colours with lifelike movement, conjuring a very strange but beautiful dream.
SEBP’s second album Night Horses will be released in May (the 1st I think) and features contributions from Cadence Weapon, Mr. Lif, Heathers, May Kay of Fight Like Apes, R.S.A.G, Captain Moonlight, Ann Scott and White Noise amongst others. Check back here next Wednesday to grab ‘Radar’ – the Cadence Weapon collaboration and lead single from the album as an MP3.
The cover was illustrated by Stephen Mooney. Tracklisting and tour info after the jump. Disclosure – I do visuals and artwork layout for the band.
Don’t listen to the naysayers. 2008 was one of the best years for Irish music in a long time. The results of the third album poll demonstrate the breadth of talent this small country has to offer. Please support the artists you’ve never heard and intrigue you by buying their music using the links below. Thanks to everyone who voted. If you needed some late Christmas ideas this collection would be a pretty cool present. The entire list of 64 albums voted for is available on Google Docs.
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Twin sisters, a guitar and heart. Listening to Ellie and Louise McNamara’s intertwined melodies has brought shivers down the spine of many lucky enough to hear them. Clearly the synergistic nature of these Dublin 18 year olds’ relationship has enabled them to produce an inspiringly simple and singularly brilliant record.
I’ve been keeping my eyes and ears out for former Blue Ghost drummer Jeremy Hickey over the last two years. This Friday he will release a debut album The Organic Sampler under his Rarely Seen Above Ground moniker. Those of you who have witnessed Jeremy’s incendiary live show will know what to expect – a one man band in the form of a drummer, percussion and singer who performs with the aid of self-created backing tracks and silhouetted visuals.
At times he sounds like Talking Heads, one of his many influences.His music is psychedelic, heavy on the percussion, brimming with bassline and filled with drum rolls galore. Get caught up in the maelstrom of his ebullient, textured album, because you know this Kilkenny man isn’t going underground for much longer. Plus, Matt Vinyl likes it so that’s good enough for me.