Jim Carroll

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Music makers hit Dingle for the holy show

Ryan Adams, Daniel Lanois, Fight Like Apes, Candie Payne, Seasick Steve, The Charlatans and Sinéad O’Connor are among the acts set to feature on the new season of RTÉ’s Other Voices. The show will also feature appearances from Glen Hansard …

Fri, Nov 16, 2007, 02:32

   

Ryan Adams, Daniel Lanois, Fight Like Apes, Candie Payne, Seasick Steve, The Charlatans and Sinéad O’Connor are among the acts set to feature on the new season of RTÉ’s Other Voices.

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The show will also feature appearances from Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, Paddy Casey, Dark Room Notes, Dry County, Halfset, David Geraghty, Foy Vance, The Answer and others.

Filming for the show’s sixth season will commence in St James’s Church, Dingle, Co Kerry on November 30th.

Executive producer Philip King sees the gathering as more of “a musician’s festival” than a TV show. “It’s a context for all these musicians to come together,” King adds. “They talk about it to other musicians. Steve Earle might mention it to someone or Duke Special will say you should give that show in Dingle a go.

“They know this is a place where music is cherished. The thing happens in the church, but it emanates out around the town. Things happen and that’s the magic of Other Voices.”

Planning for the show is a year-round affair that begins with music producer Aoife Woodlock’s talent search at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

“Aoife will come back with a hit list of acts and we start with that.” King says. “This is the edge of Europe and there are huge difficulties attached to putting an event like this together. People have to want to make the effort to come.”

Despite the show’s lengthy tenure, discussions with RTÉ are always tough.

“RTÉ has contributed hugely to making this show and giving people a platform which wouldn’t be there otherwise,” he says. “But it’s always difficult because you have to sit down every year and convince people that the show should and must be done. Slots and budgets are always difficult to find.”

King doesn’t find the show’s usual late-late slot a problem because of changes in viewing patterns.

“The broadcasting eco-system has changed and more people are watching Other Voices online. I watch my own children with the Sky Plus box and you realise the schedule is dead. Technology has enabled people to watch what they want when they want it.”

Other Voices 6 will be aired on RTÉ2 in 2008