Day Two at Other Voices 8 - Morning & Afternoon

There were a horde of hoary heads to be spotted seeking refuge in strong coffees and full Irish breakfasts this morning in Dingle, as the first of the Other Voices revelers took stock of an historic opening night.

The first act to take to the Other Voices stage last night was singer songwriter Oliver Cole, who kick-started this year’s shows with a number of gorgeous tracks from his forthcoming debut solo album, We Albatri. His performance was hugely welcomed by the gathered masses and was the perfect opening to what turned out to be the perfect evening!

Snow Patrol blew the roof off St. James’ Church with a full on fourteen piece band, which included both strings and horns. Their hour and a half long set included many of their massive worldwide hits, such as ‘Run’, ‘Spitting Games’, ‘Chasing Cars’, an incredible cover of Elbow’s ‘One Day Like This’ plus a breathtaking duet with Maria Doyle Kennedy of ‘Set The Fire To The Third Bar’.

Those who were unable to secure a seat in the packed to the rafters St. James’ Church were lucky enough to be able to watch the entire performance on a number of huge flatscreen TV’s in Benners Hotel courtesy of Intune Networks groundbreaking new fibre optic technology, which had it’s very first worldwide demonstration in Dingle last night! The technology allows for content delivery without any interruptions and all those who couldn’t squeeze into the church felt very much a part of the show, such was the quality of the broadcast.

Finishing up close to mid night, Snow Patrol legged it off to another gig but that didn’t stop the rest of Other Voices unwashed retreating to Benners for well earned pints and bone warming hot whiskeys!

Sunday morning, bright and early, saw some of the crew making the short journey to Dun Chaoin, to film a session with the gorgeous Lisa Hannigan. The location was the quaint and very lovely cottage of artist Marie Simmons Gooding. Built by Peig Sayers son and soaked in art and history, there was no place as fitting for an intimate session with the lovely Ms. Hannigan. Lisa treated Annie and the crew to a new song called ‘Passenger’, which she wrote while travelling across the States. Following the session, Annie had a chat with Lisa about her busy year, which included a nomination for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

Soon after, Bell X 1’s Paul Noonan joined Lisa to perform a duet of ‘Some Surprise’, which features on the Cake Sale album, released in aid of Oxfam. Talking to Annie, Paul recalled his exciting year touring in the US with the Bellies, performing on the David Letterman Show and supporting U2 in Croke Park. He also let us in on one of the band’s latest ventures, the release of a limited edition ‘Bell XOnesies Baby Grow’, now available to purchase on the bands website!

Driving back to Dingle town, Lisa and Paul chatted about life on the road and how they were like ships passing in the night as Bell X 1 had just returned from playing the same venue that Lisa was rushing off to play tonight. Looking out over the Blasket Islands, everyone is taken aback by the sheer raw beauty of this part of our beautiful country.

It’s BellX 1, The Magic Numbers, Villagers and The Antlers performing in the church tonight and already music fans are descending on the town in their droves. We’ll be back in the morning to fill you in on all the sights and sounds from St. James’ and of course, any scandal we manage to glean along the way!