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ACT 1: ELEPHANT - Elephant is the musical vehicle of Dundalk based multi-instrumentalist Shane Clarke. Songs wander from an instantaneous summery folk pop reminiscent of Badly Drawn Boy and Elliot Smith, to more mature meandering pieces with a deliberate deconstructed nature, akin to say... Broken Social Scene, Justin Vernon or Joanna Newsom. Elephant has rightly garnered much praise on the live front with his earnest vocal delivery and unique lyrical style capturing audiences and securing him 2014 performances with Martha Wainwright, on the Other Voices trail in Dingle and 2015 performances at most of the country's top festivals including Electric Picnic and Body & Soul. Shane, accompanied by his newly formed band, will be busy in 2016 performing a dynamic retelling of the debut album "HyperGiant" that can get a little louder than what Elephant listeners might be used to yet retaining the delicate nuances and intimacy of the solo set. Keep and eye out for dates in your area.
ACT 2: SHOOKRAH - Shookrah are a 7-piece prog-soul outfit hailing from Cork, Ireland. This female fronted ensemble could be presumed as conforming to more traditional archetypes of neo-soul, but inflections of rock and dark, funky hip-hop give their sound a compelling new edge. Their EP 'Implicit Content' released last year stands as a prime example of this charged yet soulful sound.
ACT 3: I HAVE A TRIBE - After recording his debut EP with Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey/Anna Calvi) and Conor O'Brien of Villagers, Patrick O'Laoghaire aka I Have A Tribe, was then hand-picked to tour Europe with Anna Calvi, opened for Villagers' Irish homecoming show and performed at Electric Picnic and CMJ in New York, gaining praise from the likes of NME, Pigeons & Planes and The Line Of Best Fit. Other gig highlights included The Great Escape festival, Reeperbahn Festival, and headlining The Button Factory in Dublin to stunning reviews. The title track of his debut EP 'Yellow Raincoats' was also recently remixed by the legendary remixer Frank Wiedemann (Ame, Howling). I Have A Tribe has just signed to Groenland Records and will be releasing his new EP 'No Countries' on December 4th 2015, followed by his debut album in Spring 2016.
ACT 4: SARAMAI - Saramai is a singer-songwriter from Navan, Co. Meath. She has cut her teeth performing across the country opening for the likes of Duke Special, Fionn Regan, Jack L, The Lost Brothers and Declan O'Rourke. Chosen as one of Guinness Amplify's emerging artists this year she played a showcase gig in Galway's famous Roisin Dubh venue. Guinness Amplify also gifted her studio time in Attica Studios (SOAK, Villagers) where she recorded her debut EP which is set for release November 20th. She will be back in the studio soon to record her second EP for release in the Spring.
ACT 5: BRIAN DEADY -His first single A Darkness was featured by Nialler9, The Irish Times and Record of The Day UK on their prestigious blog. His next single Clap Both My Hands was previewed by Skream at Radio 1 and comes from his new album Non Fiction (due December 4th) which follows up his acclaimed Interview album. It was with that collection he found huge support at KCRW in Los Angeles, and has shared the stage live with De La Soul, Janelle Monae, Candi Staton and Chic, picking up a glowing testimonial from Nile Rodgers. Here's an artist you can believe in and connect with. In a world where authenticity counts for so much, you'll hear that Brian means and feels every word.
The second instalment of the 13th series of Other Voices will be back on RTÉ2 later this summer. We're delighted with the opportunity to share some spectacular music with you during the summer festival season. We will return with wonderful music from Wild Beasts, Young Fathers, Melanie De Biasio and many more. Check back soon for the updated broadcast dates.
Acclaimed music series and unique arts festival set in Ireland Other Voices returns for its thirteenth season and will be aired on RTÉ2 commencing with a special on Hozier on Sunday March 15th.
Hozier came to prominence when he first played the Other Voices arts festival in Dingle in December 2013. He also played the Other Voices stage at Electric Picnic in August 2014. The filming of his performance at Other Voices was his first time to appear on television in his own right.
In the months following his TV debut at Other Voices, the young and promising singer songwriter had become a worldwide success with an album now parked at the top of the US chart.
In this special Other Voices film, the first of the new series of Other Voices (OV), Hozier gives an in-depth interview revealing his musical influences and the significance of his first playing of the OV festival.
Philip King, the founder of Other Voices, said Hozier represents all that the series holds as important. "Hozier bursts with talent but is modest about it. As with the old adage, with truth there is power, Hozier's honesty makes him a fascination in the music world. His interview for this series gives an insight into how he handles his stardom and where he is going in his musical development."
The first two programmes of the new Other Voices series are Hozier on March 15th and a Best Of on March 22nd which will have an Irish slant and features James Vincent McMorrow, Lisa Hannigan & John Smith, The Frames, Little Green Cars, The Coronas, Mick Flannery, Kodaline, Villagers, The Strypes and more.
The thirteenth series, filmed in Co Kerry Ireland in the main, will run over eight programmes and is presented by Aidan Gillen (well known for his roles in Game of Thrones, Charlie, The Wire) and BBC presenter Huw Stephens.
Other Voices is acclaimed for introducing new artists and bands, interviewing established performers in an in-depth way and providing a platform for unique performances.
As with previous series, Other Voices Season 13 will feature one-off performances, intimate acoustic sessions and interviews with some well known artists including Damien Rice, Jessie Ware, Wild Beasts, Jape, Delorentos, King Creosote; platform Mercury Award Winners Young Fathers Ibeyi, Walking on Cars, All We Are, The Lost Brothers and introduce new artists, Eaves, Wyvern Lingo, Buke & Gase, August Wells, Join Me In The Pines, Kormac's Big Band and Melanie De Biasio.
Programme on April 5th will feature music and conversation with Damien Rice, All We Are and Eaves. In The IMRO Other Room is Cloud Castle Lake and from the archives, Anna Calvi.
Other Voices is supported by RTÉ, Fáilte Ireland, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and IMRO.
OTHER VOICES 13 :: BROADCAST SCHEDULE 2015 :
The Best Of, an Irish affair, will feature James Vincent McMorrow, Lisa Hannigan & John Smith, The Frames, Little Green Cars, The Coronas, Mick Flannery, Kodaline, Villagers, The Strypes and more.
All We Are
Cloud Castle Lake
From the archives Anna Calvi
From the archives John Grant & Conor O' Brien
Walking On Cars
Join Me in the Pines
From the archives James Vincent McMorrow
The Lost Brothers
Kormac's Big Band
From the archives The National
Melanie De Biasio
Staring at Lakes
From the archives East India Youth
Buke & Gase
From the archive: The X