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Guest post – Dingle Bells: Tony Clayton-Lea at Other Voices

My Ticket colleague Tony Clayton-Lea is in Dingle all this week for the annual Other Voices mini-fest. Here’s his first report from deepest Co Kerry as proceedings get underway. What is is about unusual environments and rock stars? You’d think …

Mon, Dec 7, 2009, 13:45

   

My Ticket colleague Tony Clayton-Lea is in Dingle all this week for the annual Other Voices mini-fest. Here’s his first report from deepest Co Kerry as proceedings get underway.

What is is about unusual environments and rock stars? You’d think by this stage that rock stars would be well used to performing in venues the size of shoe boxes and the shapes of a rhomboid, but what’s this: The Antlers performing a few tunes in the Celtic Prehistoric Museum, just outside Dun Chaoin (that’s Dun Quinn for those who don’t speak the Mother Tongue)? Or Villagers cosying up to chowder and coffee in the Goat Street Café? Or Bell X1’s Paul Noonan cosying up to Lisa Hannigan (oh, merciful God, the very thought of cosying up to Lisa is enough to drive a teetoller to a life of swimming in alcohol) in an artist’s cottage as the sound of the foam crashing against the Blasket Islands makes you wish you’d brought your very own hot water bottle with you?

We are in Dingle this week for Other Voices, where the event celebrates its eighth year. We’ve had problems with Other Voices in the past (too many weak-kneed Whelan’s singer-songwriter types for our liking, if we’re to be scrupulously honest), but we have to say that this year’s event has pulled some rabbits out of the hat.

Say what you like about Snow Patrol (and, yes, we know you’ll do just that), but it isn’t very often you’ll see a multi-million rock act bother to cart a 16-piece band/mini-orchestra and a few massive trucks to a venue that holds less than 100 people. So, you know, fair play and all of that. Before Snow Patrol, we had a nervous Oliver Cole, once of Turn, previewing tracks from his forthcoming album (We Albatri). We’ll reserve judgement for the moment, but we’ll end the first instalment of Dingle Bells by saying this: better than Turn.

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