Day 5 at Other Voices 9: The IMRO Other Room

On the final day of band filming, we are away from St. James Church and up to McCarthys, just up the top of the main street at Goat Street where nine Irish bands are recording one song each for the show in The IMRO Other Room. Filming begins early in the morning in the back room of the pub which is strewn with posters and has been gutted of furniture save for the red leather interview couch where Annie Mac will interview the bands post-set.

On the line up we had: General Fiasco, Planet Parade, Ciara Sidine, Lisa O'Neill, Daithí O' Dronaí, The Danger Is, Jennifer Evans, Sacred Animals and The Man Whom.

Those who made an impression during their filming (granted we didn't see everything - it was a long day): Daithi O Dronaí's usage of Kaos Pad and Fiddle was a new one for many, Niamh Farrell from The Danger Is recorded her debut TV performance by showcasing her sweet jazz-inflected voice, Jennifer Evans impressed with a lovely duet with Caoimhe Hogarty and Darragh Nolan aka Sacred Animals fought the elements, particularly the sudden heavy rain on the roof to perform 'Chosen Seed' from his debut EP. It added a certain ambiance, a natural backing track to the performance.

Post-recording, a lot of the artists return to that same room later that night for a session. Lisa o Neill, Jennifer Evans, The Man Whom, The Danger Is, former Juno Falls man Myles O'Reilly and various members of the crew sing long into the night until there are no voices left, or until they are politely asked to leave, whichever came first.

Photos: James Goulden.
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