With the support of DCAL and Derry City Council, Other Voices Derry~Londonderry returns this weekend with a stellar line-up including some of the finest names in music. In the intimate setting of The Glassworks and across venues throughout the city audiences can expect a musical experience like no other.
Public Service Broadcasting
Colm Mac Con Iomaire
The Amazing Snakeheads
Walking on Cars
East India Youth
The Other Voices Music Trail kicks off on Thursday night in Sandinos with a special gig from BBC Radio DJ and Irish native, Annie Mac. Tickets are available now from www.wegottickets.com/event/258857 . For full details of acts and venues there will be programmes available at locations across the city or online at http://derry2014.othervoices.ie/music-trail.
The world's largest video crew, Fan Footage will make a return after their success on the Other Voices Dingle music trail, to help audiences capture the magic of the music trail and share online. For more information on how you can be part of the fan footage crew visit https://fanfootage.com/ and download the app.
Other Voices wouldn't be the same without the addition of Banter, a salon style series of discussion and debate curated and hosted by Jim Carroll. This year, Jim will kick off with a Banter Special with Annie Mac. The BBC Radio One broadcaster will talk music, radio and clubs at a special Banter conversation at the Nerve Centre on Thursday February 6 at 8pm before her gig at Sandinos.
The remainder of the discussions will then take place from Friday onwards when Jim will be joined by guests including Jazz Summers (legendary band manager), Lloyd Bradley (British writer on black music) and Paul Duane (film-maker). In addition to this Jim will be joined by Conor Masterson, the director of In the Deep Shade, the acclaimed documentary on Irish musicians The Frames. This discussion will be preceded by a special Banter set from long-time Frames' member Colm Mac Con Iomaire.
The final instalment of Banter will take the form of a conversation about the city's tenure as UK City of Culture in 2013 and its medium to long-term effects for the city's cultural scene. LegacyDerry will be made up of a panel including film-maker Margo Harkin, director of education at the Nerve Centre and film-maker John Peto and Mark Nagurski from CultureTECH http://derry2014.othervoices.ie/banter-salon
The final element to the packed weekend of events will see OneTwoOneTwo, the music documentary festival, screen three films over the weekend. First up, it's the greatest music documentary of recent years, The National's tale of on-the-road brotherly love with Mistaken for Strangers, which will screen on Friday at 5.30pm. On Saturday at 5.30pm, The Frames: In The Deep Shade is a tour documentary with a difference, tapping into what makes this band magic. The filmmaker Conor Masterson will be in Derry for a Banter session with Jim Carroll. On Sunday at 5.30pm, possibly the greatest Irish band of their generation The Gloaming reveal themselves in Moment to Moment, a beautiful documentary about wild creativity. All of these events are FREE but ticketed, see derry2014.othervoices.ie/onetwoonetwo to secure your seat.
IMRO Other Room will return on Monday 10th February to form the final part of the twelfth series of Other Voices. After consideration of hundreds of entries for the open call and over 2,000 public votes, the Viewers' Choice, Conor Walsh, has been selected to perform alongside Derry natives, The Clameens and Wonder Villains, flexible five-piece, Silences, Dublin based indie-rockers Spies and the ever energetic Donegal band, Mojo Gogo.
Tickets to the Glassworks are free and can be won through various online and media competitions so keep an eye on the website at http://derry2014.othervoices.ie/tickets for details. Tickets will also be available across the weekend at various events. To stay up to date with announcements please log on to www.othervoices.ie and follow on Facebook (facebook.com/othervoices) and Twitter (@othervoiceslive).
Other Voices is supported by DCAL, Derry City Council, RTÉ, Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, IMRO, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING - Public Service Broadcasting is the corduroy-clad brainchild of London-based J.Willgoose, Esq. who, along with his drumming companion, Wrigglesworth, is on a quest to inform, educate and entertain audiences around the globe. The band burst onto the scene in May 2012 with their critically-acclaimed EP, The War Room, which has now sold over 17,000 copies and earned them many high profile supporters (Manic Street Preachers, New Order, Matt Horne & Ed Byrne amongst others). Over the past 18 months the band has risen from playing in the back room of pubs to selling out shows all over the UK. The band's debut album 'Inform - Educate - Entertain' was released in May 2013. PSB's uniquely spell-binding live AV Transmissions see them weave samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material around live drums, guitar, banjo and electronics as they teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future - beaming our past back at us through vintage TV sets and state of the art modern video projection devices.
FOY VANCE - Foy Vance was born in the Northern Ireland town of Bangor, but his passion for traditional music was born in the southern states of America. As a child, Foy relocated with his father, a preacher, to the American Midwest settling in Oklahoma. With his father, Foy travelled the American South, widening his horizons and absorbing the rich musical traditions he was exposed to. Returning to Ireland some years later, Foy began writing his own music, deeply shaped by the sounds of his youth. Since those days, he has spent a considerable amount of time on the road, touring with such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Michael Kiwanuka, Marcus Foster, Snow Patrol, and Ed Sheeran. Foy also scored Oscar-winning short-film The Shore with David Holmes, who collaborated with Vance on his 2012 Melrose EP. Foy's new album, "Joy of Nothing", was released on 23 August.
BELL X1 - Bell X1 have had a fantastic 2013. Chop Chop was released in June and went straight in at Number 1 in the Irish chart. It was recorded in January at Tarquin Studios, Bridgeport, Connecticut and was produced by Peter Katis and Thomas Bartlett. The album was released on their own label Belly Up. A firm favourite on the live scence, the band have been touring constantly throughout the year, visiting the US twice for big shows as well as two European tours. Back at home they've headlined the Cork Marquee and the Iveagh Gardens and well as sold-out shows in Vicar St. The single The End Is Nigh was a big summer radio hit! Chop Chop is their 6th studio album and the band have been together for over 10 years now. They are well know for their vast back catalogue including such songs as Eve, The Apple of My Eye, Flame, Rocky Took A Lover, The Great Defector and Velcro. The band have been nominated 4 times for the Choice Music Prize, Album of the Year. In 2011, Bell X1 took part in Other Voices New York at the Poisson Rouge for our 10th anniversary special. Bell X1 are Dave Geraghty, Paul Noonan and Dominic Phillips.
COLM MAC CON IOMAIRE - Colm Mac Con Iomaire is a musician from Dublin, resident in Co.Wexford these past ten years. He is a founder member of both Kíla and of The Frames. He has been an integral member of The Frames since the band started. He joined them in 1990 having met Glen Hansard while busking on Grafton Street in 1986. He has travelled the world many times over since then with the Frames, The Swell Season & Colm's own musical project. He released his critically acclaimed solo debut 'Cúinne an Ghiorria" - 'The Hare's Corner' in 2008. While the Violin is very much Colm's first instrument he also plays most of the instruments on his album (Cello, Guitar, Bozouki , Banjo etc). Instrumental music is Colm's main interest and his music draws on a wide range of styles and influences ranging from classical to traditional music, though his music has a unique sound all of it's own. He is currently busy working on his first feature film soundtrack and plans to release a follow up to 'The Hare's Corner' later this year.
LITTLE MATADOR - Fronted by Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly, the quintet marry melody and muscle with a healthy respect for noise.
Little Matador is about trusting your instincts and having the confidence to act upon your convictions. People might have perceptions of who I am, based on what they know about Snow Patrol, but this is the first time that people will hear exactly where I'm coming from."
In order to realise his vision, Nathan set about assembling a select team of collaborators, drawing upon musician friends who shared his love for visceral, committed rock 'n' roll. In Dublin he sought out drummer Paul 'Binzer' Brennan and bassist Gavin Fox, a crack rhythm section whose collective CVs incorporate stints in Idlewild, The Frames, Bell XI, Turn and Concerto For Constantine. Portland, Oregon's Troy Stewart, a member of Tired Pony and The Windsor Player, was recruited on guitar, and the line-up was completed with the addition of LaFaro guitarist Dave Magee, formerly Nathan's sidekick in his very first band, Belfast alternative rockers F.U.E.L. In 2012, the new-found union entered a Dublin rehearsal studio for the first time.
Their self-titled debut album, set for release by Fiction Records in early 2014, is an aggressive, sassy, incendiary collection dissecting love, loss, rejection, redemption, death and re-birth. Recorded with producer Sam Bell in Metropolis Studios in London in 2013, Little Matador, the quintet's 11 track debut album is an urgent, impassioned and undeniably thrilling snapshot of a band getting high on volume, fuzz, adrenaline and a shared passion for heart-stopping, breath-robbing rock 'n' roll. By turns vengeful, desperate, venomous and exhilarating, it's both a raw and open-hearted documentation of a traumatic period in Nathan's personal life and a rousing, empowering call-to-arms for dreamers and schemers endlessly questing for new horizons
Little Matador's self-titled debut album is due for release by Fiction Records in early 2014.
THE AMAZING SNAKEHEADS - New Domino signing The Amazing Snakeheads, a Glaswegian three-piece will bring their rock n' roll show to Other Voices Derry in February. Flatlining is the second single and the band filmed their video for Flatlining at the Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow's country and western bar. Following their UK tour as special guests to the Jim Jones Revue, The Amazing Snakeheads went on the road with Cerebral Ballzy as part of the NME Radar tour. "For the last couple of years we have been waiting for a band to emerge that eschew the manicured politesse of modern day indie pulp" Mojo.
WALKING ON CARS - It takes equal measures of determination, integrity and vision to stick to your guns. Most young rock/pop groups would just give up if things weren't seen to be going their way, but five-piece Irish band Walking On Cars look adversity in the face and laugh at it.
It took a while, however, for such early enthusiasm to transform itself into the level of commitment it takes for any band to jump several rungs of the ladder, and so it wasn't until mid-2011 until they took matters further and far more seriously. "I got home from college," says Patrick, "and that's when we got stuck into it. I didn't go back to college, because we thought we'd give it a shot."
Bang: they began to record demos. Bang bang: they rented a house in the Dingle peninsula. Bang bang bang: tucked away in the wilderness, they listened to loads of music. "The place we rented was a really old cottage," reveals Sorcha. "We had no television, no phone, no Internet, no transport. We were there for six months - just our equipment and us. It was an amazing time, ideas were flowing constantly."
Within a year, Walking On Cars had gained national prominence not only by winning the Red Bull Bedroom Jam 2012 competition but also through extensive radio play of their infectiously melodic debut single, Catch Me If You Can, which reached no.27 in the Irish Charts and stayed there for over 20 weeks. (The song also went to No.1 in the iTunes chart, while YouTube views are currently over 250,000.) The band's second single, Two Stones, reached no.12 in the Irish charts, while YouTube views are currently over 300,000.
At this point in the band's development, however, there is a collective sense of asking what's going to happen next. "We're at a stage now," agrees Sorcha, "where we have to make huge decisions about the next phase of our career. At present, we're completely independent - we finance everything, and that's been both exciting and challenging. We gig all over the country, but we don't pay ourselves, as everything goes back into the band."
From such dedication arise levels of creativity that would make most bands hang up their instruments in frustration and envy. The band's videos (you can view them on YouTube) provide proof of their skill at intercutting serious themes with sharply outlined narratives and images. As for the music, Walking On Cars' recorded output to date includes the four-song EP, As We Fly South, which was recorded in Attica Studios, Donegal, and produced by Tom McFall (R.E.M, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party, Editors).
The music is untypical of the current crop of Irish rock/pop contenders - by turns sweeping and indelibly tuneful, it quietly boasts a widescreen, cinematic quality and a keen sense of its own hook-driven significance. Lyrically, meanwhile, the overall themes address issues of social challenges, financial tribulations, personal angst and troubling matters of the heart/soul/head. In less talented hands, all of this would come across as formulaic, but Walking On Cars effortlessly understand the difference between authenticity and assimilation.
The following months will see the band take time off to write a batch of new songs that will surface on their debut album. Focused, diligent, fast on its feet (the band name didn't appear out of thin air, you know), and eager to prove to all and sundry that what they have is world class, Walking On Cars used to be waiting in the wings. Time for centre stage is fast approaching.
THE GLOAMING - Fiddle master Martin Hayes, guitarist Dennis Cahill, sean-nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, hardanger innovator Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman) - The Gloaming are five master musicians, each with highly successful individual careers, who have come together to create new music which pairs memorable, yearning melodies with a progressive style.
Although charged by the traditions of Ireland, what The Gloaming does with the structures of Irish music is anything but simple nostalgia. They introduce deep wells of personality and experience. Lyrics are drawn from the history of Irish literature, old and new. The music is played with the authority of virtuosos. The result is unclouded by sheen or sentimentality. Instead, it's haunting and emotionally charged. It sounds ancient without being a mere reproduction.
In early 2011, the five musicians first met to explore their collaboration at Grouse Lodge Studios in Ireland's County Westmeath, an hour northwest of Dublin. They discovered a shared musical aesthetic that transcended the genres for which they'd become known.
Their Debut album 'The Gloaming' is due for release on Brassland / Real World Records 20th January 2014.
POLIÇA - Founded by vocalist Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson out of the ashes of Minneapolis collective Gayngs, and featuring Drew Christopherson, and Ben Ivascu on drums and Chris Bierden on bass, POLIÇA's 'Give You The Ghost' was released in April of last year. Seemingly from nowhere it became one of 2012's standout debut albums. They made their UK live debut in June 2012. Born then, out of a tumultuous, head spinning 18 months the album 'Shulamith' was released on the 18th of October.
GEORGE EZRA - Bristolian singer-songwriter George Ezra is no stranger to Other Voices. He played the IMRO Other Room in Derry 2013 and we're delighted to welcome him back to the main stage in the Glassworks for our second visit to the singing city
EAST INDIA YOUTH - East India Youth - is actually one young man. William Doyle, a 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist from Bournemouth, who cut his teeth in an indie group called Doyle & The Fourfathers while still a teenager. Their demo was rinsed by Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music and they completed a couple of tours with the Undertones, but the frontman was already growing tired of the band format and frustrated with the slow progress of the group. The music that he then created was an original mixture of dark Detroit techno, lo-fi psychedelic noise rock, deeply romantic Pet Shop Boys-esque synth pop and ramshackle avant-electronica. Naming himself East India Youth after the location of his flat in London's Docklands, he set about pressing the demo CD into the hands of wandering journalists, including John Doran, founder of The Quietus: " I'd always said that I'd cut my own head off using nail clippers before we started a record label. Therefore I'm probably more surprised than anyone to be asking you to lend your ears to the 'Hostel' EP on The Quietus Phonographic Corporation."