Guest post: Dingle Bells – Tony Clayton-Lea at Other Voices
My Ticket colleague Tony Clayton-Lea is in deepest Kerry literally right now for the annual Other Voices mini-fest and TV show. Here, he sets the scene and does some star-spotting on the main drag. It’s the calm before the storm, …
My Ticket colleague Tony Clayton-Lea is in deepest Kerry literally right now for the annual Other Voices mini-fest and TV show. Here, he sets the scene and does some star-spotting on the main drag.
It’s the calm before the storm, but before this blog entry turns into a weather forecast, one thing needs
to be said: isn’t it the oddest thing that the man behind one of the best pop songs ever written (“Common People”) is walking the streets of Dingle?
The man we’re talking about is, of course, Jarvis Cocker, Sheffield mate of Richard Hawley, who is himself curating the first night of the ninth outing of Other Voices. That gig takes place tonight (with other guests including Laura Marling and Lisa Hannigan), and you’ll read all about it tomorrow, but in the meantime we’re still a tad freaked that Cocker is here. I mean, he’s taller than me. Much taller. And he has a shock of a beard that needs a trim. And he sure as hell ain’t dressed in Hermes or Prada – or, come to think of it, even Next or River Island.
So the calm before the storm is this: a snow-free Dingle is buzzing with excitement. All the scheduled acts have made it through the snow and ice, and the organisers have made 2FM’s Jenny Huston very happy by scheduling the last-minute addition of Steve Mason (on Tuesday’s line-up, we believe).
Personally, I can’t wait to see that well known firm of solicitors, Hawley and Hannigan, take to the stage in St James Church tonight to duet in front of a mere 80 people. Who knows, maybe in a fit of pique, or just for the sheer hell of it, Jarvis Cocker will pull a “Jacko” and shake his bum at everyone. We’ll let you know in good time.