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Other Voices to Bring ‘Courage’ to Galway International Arts Festival

July 19, 2021

For the first time ever, Other Voices – Ireland’s iconic music television show will join forces with the legendary Galway International Arts Festival to broadcast an extraordinary one-off ‘Courage’ livestream on Friday 3 September from the fabulous setting of the 13th Century St Nicholas’ Church in Galway City.

Together the trailblazing festivals have curated a dream line up featuring some of Ireland’s most exciting voices to perform as part of the Galway International Arts Festival’s 2021 programme.

Line up: Anna Mullarkey | NewDad | Tolü Makay | Mick Flannery + Susan O’Neill

The stunning line up includes Galway dream-pop band and BBC 6 Music darlings NewDad, soulful rising afro-pop-star Tolü Makay, pioneering avant-garde composer and performer Anna Mullarkey and the spectacular duo of gifted multi-instrumentalist Susan O’Neill and renowned Irish songwriter Mick Flannery who will perform a very special set together ahead of their duets album released in September.

Taking place at 9pm on Friday 3rd September, Other Voices and Galway International Arts Festival will collapse distance between homes around the world and the front row of the iconic St Nicholas’ Church with an inspiring evening of performances all free to enjoy online.

Despite being long time admirers of each other’s work, this unique livestream marks the first time in their collective 64 years that the two legendary West of Ireland festivals have collaborated together, with Other Voices over the moon to kick off their 20th anniversary celebrations in style in Galway City this September.

Quote from Philip King, Other Voices Founder:

“We were delighted to receive the invitation to be part of Galway International Arts Festival in this, of all years. Galway has always cherished and celebrated a diversity of musical voices and Other Voices is very pleased in this our 20th year to put together a programme that is in tune with the ethos of the festival and to share stunning performances from St Nicholas’ Church in the heart of Galway with the world.”

Quote from Paul Fahy, Artistic Director, Galway International Arts Festival:

We are delighted to collaborate with Other Voices Courage on this fantastic livestreamed event from the ambient St. Nicholas’ Church during the Festival. This concert will make for a very memorable and special Galway night.”

John Crumlish, Chief Executive, Galway International Arts Festival:

As a longtime fan of Other Voices, I am delighted that Galway International Arts Festival is partnering with it on this year’s festival. It has always been such a great platform for new Irish music and we are delighted to be involved in helping celebrate its 20th birthday.

Organisers hope that this incredible musical offering will bring Irish and international fans together to celebrate the breadth of dazzling talent exploding from Ireland, with half of the line up calling Galway home.

Fans can stream the weekend’s performances for free on Other Voices’ and GIAF social media platforms. Stay tuned for further information.

Full details are available at and

‘OV Galway’ is a South Wind Blows production, produced in partnership with Other Voices and Galway International Arts Festival’s and is made possible with support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Arts Council of Ireland.

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