BALLINA BOUND Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated, singer-songwriter David Gray. Pic: Derek Santini
As excitement about Other Voices Ballina continues to rise towards fever pitch, the festival has added a slew of new names to its line-up. Multi-award-winning singer-songwriter David Gray, rapper JyellowL, alt-pop band Soda Blonde, singer-songwriter JC Stewart and dark hypnotic popsters The Howl & The Hum will now join the acts already confirmed for St Michael’s Church – Elbow, Skinny Living, Denise Chaila and Jesca Hoop.
The intimate St Michael’s Church gigs on Friday and Saturday, February 28 and 29, will be recorded for television, but tickets to the heavenly venue are like gold dust, as they cannot be purchased. The only way to get your hands on one is to enter give-away competitions in national and local press and online, or to register for the Other Voices Music Trail on othervoices.ie and enter the draw there. (Congratulations to lucky Mayo News winner Sinéad Gaulier, who won a pair of tickets to both nights!)
As is the long-standing tradition, the timetable for each night of the church concerts will only be announced the week of Other Voices Ballina.
If you don’t manage to bag a ticket, don’t panic – the church performances will be live streamed to the Other Voices Music Trail venues throughout the town. Music fans can sit back and enjoy all the happenings in St Michael’s from a cosy spot in the pub, in front of huge screens with high-definition audio visual. Venues include The Loft, T Breathnach’s, An Sean Sibin, An Bolg Bui, Harrison’s, Paddy Mac’s, Bar Square, An Tarbh 47, The Cot and Cobble, Vincy’s Bar and Shambles.
The venues along the Music Trail will also themselves be hosting a rake of free performances by great artists, including Join Me In The Pines (Bell X1 guitarist David Geraghty), Joel Harkin, David Lyttle and Joseph Leighton, Runabay, Anna Mullarkey, Elkin, Shookrah, Junk Drawer, Lydia Ford, Nnic, Sprints, Ports, Murli, Squarehead and The Mary Wallopers.
The Other Voices Ballina Festival will also see the return of the multi-disciplinary creative event Ireland’s Edge to the Jackie Clarke Museum on the Saturday. The event will bring together a compelling range of entrepreneurs, innovators, writers and artists, who will consider some of the big questions facing Ireland today.
While the full contributor line-up has yet to be finalised, Ireland’s Edge will feature Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, Saoirse McHugh (Green Party), Dr Patrick Collins (NUIG), Farah Elle (singer-songwriter), Nigel O’Reilly (jewellery designer), Dr Rhetta Moran (Refugee and Asylum Seeker Participatory Action Research), Orla Hughes (Portwest), Ola Mustapha (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland), Piaras Mac Éinrí (UCC), Tracey Keogh (Grow Remote), Professor Laoise McNamara (NUIG) and Caitlín Nic Gabhann (musician and dancer).
For more information on the Other Voices Ballina Festival, see www.othervoices.ie.