As a 90's child growing up in Co. Wicklow, ZASKA seems to have come from a different place and era altogether. His unique stage identity of frontman + guitarist paired with his off stage composition + arrangement talents has made him a complete musical anomaly.
Having completed a B.A. in Jazz Performance in Newpark Music Centre he has found a way of channeling the complex and unconventional through a feel-good blend of Funk and Soul reminiscent of Steely Dan and Frank Zappa. With an entertainer's soul fueled by a supernova of raw energy backed by a 8-piece supergroup of Dublin's most in demand professional musicians, Zaska's famous live shows are a force to be reckoned with.
After the release of his debut EP In Your Own Sweet Time along with a sold out launch gig in The Sugar Club in May, ZASKA took the Irish gig circuit by storm over the summer with headline sets at Knockanstockan, Goldenplec's showcase series, and more leaving audiences calling them the "best live band in Dublin". Now with his 2nd EP Different Light just released to even greater acclaim, 2014 has established him as one of Ireland's most unique and exciting prospects.
little xs for eyes are a harmony-heavy, indie pop outfit, half boy / half girl, tangled guitars and twinned synths. With their forthcoming sophomore album Everywhere Else they embark across a soundscape of songwriter Bennie Reilly's quintessential themes: a love of nature and the nature of love. Journeying through forest, jungle and ocean, singing songs of lost summers, loose kisses and longed-for landscapes; venturing everywhere but searching for somewhere else.
The band released their début album, S.A.D. in 2011, to unanimous critical acclaim. In 2013, they brought out Summer Stay - one of Nialler9's Songs of the Year. TV, radio & web slots include appearances on RTE's Late Late Show, The Works, Juice & Two Tube, TG4'sCeol ar an Imeal and sessions on RTE's Arena, Dan Hegerty, and Today FM's Paul McLoone show.
Staring at Lakes are a six piece alternative indie band based in Dublin. September saw the release of their highly anticipated debut album, 'Warm Wars'. The first single released was well received by well-known music critics in Ireland including Nialler9 and Joe.ie, and has gained extensive radio play.
Creating music that has been compared to that of Sigúr Ros and Lisa Hannigan, they produce a sound that is hard to pin down, but the focus on lyrics and atmosphere with 3 distinctive lead vocals allows them to stand out as original.
Members: Grace Tooher on vocals, James Tooher on guitar and vocals, Laura Sheary on piano, synths and vocals, Ciarán Toohey on electric guitar, electronics and vocals, Seán Carroll on bass and Tom Retamiro on drums, percussion and samples.
In 2013 Come On Live Long released their debut album 'Everything Fall'. Since then they have toured the length and breadth of the country promoting the record.
In May of this year they played CMW festival in Toronto and incorporated that with a Canadian Tour. They have also played a multitude of Irish Festivals including Electric Picnic, Body and Soul and Sea Sessions. They are currently gearing up for the release of their second album, which is due out in Summer 2015.
For the past decade, Karen Cowley, Saoirse Duane and Caoimhe Barry, all multi-instrumentalists and acclaimed vocalists, have made names for themselves as being the "go-to" session musicians/vocalists in the country. Racking up credits with acts like Hozier, Zaska, Samuel Vas-Y and Trinity Orchestra, it's hard to believe that this trio of musicians has an average age of just 22 years-old.
Despite stints with some of Ireland's top acts, critics and fans agree that when Karen, Saoirse and Caoimhe are together, they are a musical force to be reckoned with. Proving that there is no substitute for experience, the band's perfect synchronicity and angelic harmonies are a product of a long standing musical relationship which they have honed since their school days in Bray, Co Wicklow. Since those formative years, WYVERN LINGO have graduated to a new level of maturity in their song-writing and take inspiration from everything from Fleetwood Mac to Fugees.
Known for their soulful, passionate and haunting live show, they are one of the few bands that can get you dancing with a full band of keys, guitar, synth bass and drums - or make you melt when they strip the set back to a capella. While it's hard to pin down these musicians to a single genre, their brand new EP is a veritable cocktail of R'n'B hooks, bluegrass licks, gospel harmonies and inciteful-beyond-their-years lyrics.
Wyvern Lingo sold out their The Widow Knows EP launch party at Smock Alley Theatre on 16th October. They are special guests to Hozier on his Irish Tour which kicks off on 4th December.
What a pleasure it will be to bring another year's worth of new music to the wild and magical town of Dingle. As always, Other Voices Series 13 will shoot for three days in St. James' church to an audience of 80 people. Dates can now be confirmed as: December 12th, 13th and 14th 2014.
The Music Trail is back and will boast a heavyweight lineup of Ireland's best up-and-coming new bands (along with a few familiar faces). All gigs are free and we will announce daily lineup information very shortly.
Jim Carroll's Banter Salon will return to the quaint Foxy John's Pub with a list of culture conscious panelists from various walks of life. music, media, sport, politics, film and everything in between will be up for discussion. Again, lineup information to follow in the coming weeks.
The IMRO Other Room Open Call is making a welcome return this year. More than 1000 bands applied last year for the coveted Viewers Choice slot. This year's Viewer's Choice will be announced on December 4th. Best of luck to everyone!
And now, back to the main show. for any distressed ticketless members of our loyal fan base, do not despair. We will be streaming live to a number of venues around Dingle town, including Benners Hotel, Foxy Johns and many others.