Other Voices, Ireland’s premier music TV show returns to RTÉ this February with extraordinary performances and conversations captured in Dingle, Cork and West Wales.
Presented by Huw Stephens and MayKay, the brand new series will showcase the incredible talents of some of the most exciting Irish and international artists making music right now including Paolo Nutini, Loyle Carner, Inhaler, Stella Donnelly, The Big Moon, Biig Piig, Just Mustard, Gilla Band, SOAK, Gwenno, SELLÓ and many more.
On 16 February the series kicks off with a stunning performance by one of the UK’s best-selling artists Paolo Nutini who travels to Dingle to play songs from his acclaimed new album ‘Last Night in the Bittersweet’. Also in episode one, there will be music from beloved Dublin singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson who shines bright in the Church of St James, globally acclaimed folk multi-instrumentalist John Francis Flynn gives a powerful performance while the fresh voice of Irish Drill, SELLÒ makes a blazing Other Voices debut in the IMRO Other Room.
Later in the series, Other Voices will share highlights from last year’s Other Voices Cardigan with music from Gwenno, Stella Donnelly, Poppy Ajudha and more, plus there we’ll see inspiring performances from Biig Piig, Cian Ducrot, SOAK, and Susan O’Neill all captured during Other Voices Bringing It All Back Home Cork on beautiful grounds of University College Cork.
Throughout the series Other Voices continues to celebrate what’s about to happen with some of Ireland’s brightest new voices including Galway rap sensation Celaviedmai, alt rock act Kynsy, experimental jazz collective Bricknasty and Dingle hero Pa Sheehy all taking to the stage in the IMRO Other Room in Dingle
Other Voices Founder Philip King, said: “Celebrating what’s about to happen has always been at the heart of what Other Voices is about. In this, our twenty-first year, we host and celebrate a remarkable diversity of brilliant new Irish music from every part of the Island. Artists in Ireland right now are producing, making, minting and recording some of the best music ever made here. It’s a delight to host some of these artists in the beautiful town of Dingle, West Kerry, right at the edge of Europe. We will also be joined by Paolo Nutini, Loyle Carner and The Big Moon who have made the pilgrimage to Dingle. We will have surprises from Wales with Poppy Ajudha, Gwenno, Stella Donnelly, Catrin Finch & Aoife Ní Bhriain. Also featured in this series will be brilliant performances from SOAK, Cian Ducrot, Susan O’Neill, Biig Piig and more from the beautiful environs of the Aula Maxima in University College Cork. The music captured is uplifting and inspirational and it’s just great to share this music with everybody on RTÉ2 television and with the world on the RTÉ Player.”
Justin Healy, Executive Producer at RTÉ, said: “We are delighted to be bringing another series of Other Voices to our audience. This 21st series will continue to showcase emerging talent and also treat us to very special performances from some of the biggest names in the business, made all the more special that they are coming to us from Dingle.”
Keith Johnson, Director of Marketing & Membership of IMRO said: IMRO is delighted to continue its longstanding association with Other Voices. From its humble beginnings in Dingle over twenty years ago, Other Voices has grown into a much treasured and unique platform that provides Irish music creators with an ideal opportunity to reach a global audience with their creative talent… long may it continue”.
Other Voices begins on Thursday 16 February at 11pm on RTÉ2 and with all episodes available worldwide on the RTÉ Player.
In advance of the broadcast, you can listen back to the IMRO Other Voices Podcast featuring interviews with Bricknasty, Pa Sheehy and Celaviedamai: