Day Three at Other Voices 8 - Evening

THE LOST BROTHERS - LIVESt. James’ Church was heaving for the third evening of Other Voices.

First to make an appearance was Americana infused folk troubadours The Lost Brothers, hailing from Meath and Belfast. Bosh and Bark treated the audience to some gorgeous tracks including ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Under The Sun’. Their debut album Trails of the Lonely Part I & III is out now and is definitely worth checking out!

Imelda May SessionNext up, rockabilly princess Imelda May stormed the stage looking every inch the international super star with her trademark quiff! Along with her incredible band, which also features her husband Darrel on guitars, Imelda whipped the Other Voices audience into a frenzy!

Her set included ‘May Hem’, ‘Eternity’ and from her current album Love Tattoo, ‘Knock 123’. Though only meant to play four songs, the crowd were baying for more, so in order to avoid a riot on the main street of Dingle, Imelda returned to the stage for two more tracks including a rousing rendition of her huge hit track ‘Big Bad Handsome Man’.

THE BROTHERS MOVEMENT - LIVEDublin band The Brothers Movement invaded the stage , bringing their indie offerings to the hallowed halls of our rock n’ roll church! Performing tracks from their self titled debut album, the band rocked St. James’ with tracks such as ‘Is God Dead’ and ‘Someday’. The highlight of their set was their debut single ‘Standing Still’.

Last but most definitely not least, US experimental folksters (and honourary Dingle men after only a few hours in the town) North Carolina’s Megafaun trooped their bearded selves on to the stage in St. James’. The audience was firmly embedded in the palm of their hands from the first few drum rolls and you could have heard a pin drop on the church tiles. It’s hard to describe Megafaun’s sound except to say that it will almost be disappointing when these guys become huge international stars, ‘cos in St. James’ last night, it felt like being at the start of something intensely special, that you really don’t want to have to share with the rest of the world.

MEGAFAUN - LIVETaking us through tracks from their current album Gather, Form & Fly!, Joe, Brad and Phil demonstrated that rare, rare talent of being able to bring an audience, who barely know any of your songs, on a hugely exciting rollercoaster ride of emotions –whispered lyrics exploding into hillbilly whoopin’ and hollerin’. It was immensely powerful, spiritual even and so much fun. At the end of their set, they were joined on stage by our very own Philip King on harmonica and the legendary local uileann piper Eoin Duignan, for a performance of their beautiful track ‘Worried Mind’. It was one of those moments that encapsulates the very essence of the Other Voices experience. Musicians from different corners of the world sharing a universal love of music and a universal talent for music making. On stage tonight, there are no egos, just five people who live and breathe music and want to share that feeling with the audience in front of them. The instruments were silenced and the audience sang this song, that most had never heard, in one voice. This IS Other Voices and what it is genuinely all about.

It was all back to Benners, where the Christmas tree had magically appeared, resplendent with festive cheer and piney goodness! Having exited the church on an almighty high, it wasn’t long before a session started up in reception. Before the first round of pints had had the chance to settle, a gathering was underway, at its core, the fiery and fabulous Imelda May, bodhrán in hand. (If she wasn’t so goddam lovely, you’d be driven demented with green eyed envy!). Our very own stage manager Ruairí O’Flaherty was belting along on guitar, in the very fine company of Breanndán Begley and his accordion and son Cormac on concertina. The wonderful and talented Eithne Ní Chatháin, fresh from supporting John Spillane in McCarthy’s last Friday night, played furious fiddle with a supporting cast of voices and musicians, including a star turn on the concertina from Molly O’Connor King, one of Philip and Nuala’s gorgeous triplets. Joe and Phil from Megafaun connected with their Irish musical roots and the session played on, long into the wee small hours!