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Guest post – Dingle Bells, part 3: Tony Clayton-Lea at Other Voices

Tony Clayton-Lea is still eating, drinking and gigging his way around Dingle at the Other Voices extravaganza. Today, he finds the best latte in Co Kerry. And some bands. Tough job, you know…. Quirky alt.folk singers from California via Manchester …

Wed, Dec 9, 2009, 17:56

   

Tony Clayton-Lea is still eating, drinking and gigging his way around Dingle at the Other Voices extravaganza. Today, he finds the best latte in Co Kerry. And some bands. Tough job, you know….

Quirky alt.folk singers from California via Manchester (that’d be Jesca Hoop), louche, whippet-thin singers from once massively successful UK rock bands (that’d be Brett Anderson), soon-to-be-massive rock acts from Australia (that’d be The Temper Trap), and Irish singer-songwriters that have bravely changed musical direction (that’d be Fionn Regan).

It’s all to play for at Dingle’s Other Voices, which is reaching the end of its run. Gigs in churches, art galleries, very strange pubs and all manner of nooks and crannies – nowhere, it seems, is safe from being politely invaded by a camera crew and wide-eyed performers for sit-down acoustic sessions followed by smart Q&A stints presided over by presenter Annie Mac.

Best of the bunch we happened upon was Jesca Hoop, who sang a couple of songs in a small art gallery, and Fionn Regan (whose latest Sherwood Forest-like hairstyle looks as if it were plucked from the style pages of Maid Marian’s favourite fashion magazine), who went through some fine tunes in another of Dingle’s extraordinarily weird pubs, Dick Mack’s.

Pub session of the week has to be the night Imelda May drove old Dixie down in the bar of Benners Hotel. May’s upbringing in the Dublin Liberties has clearly infused a love of traditional singing, and when she clattered through some favourites in the company of local trad musicians it was as if the walls between musical divisions came tumbling down.

Tonight is the last night, and it promises to be a doozie: Richard Hawley with a full band, The xx, Speech Debelle (chortle – Ed), and a last minute add-on to the line-up, Adrian Crowley. And just before we forget, our abiding (but not obsessive) foodie theme continues: On The Record’s Best Caffe Latte Award goes to Murphy’s Café.

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