Una Mullally

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The Ten Best Things At Other Voices

I have emerged from the annual Dingle Bubble at Other Voices that for me marks the start of the festive season as well as an opportunity to check out some decent music in intimate settings, be it in St James’ …

Wed, Dec 5, 2012, 20:54


I have emerged from the annual Dingle Bubble at Other Voices that for me marks the start of the festive season as well as an opportunity to check out some decent music in intimate settings, be it in St James’ Church itself or in the many small pubs that dot the town for the fringe-y Music Trail. Jim sums up his experience¬†here, and Tony writes about his few days in Kerry here. So, what was good? Here’s my list in no particular order.

Diarmaid Ferriter at Banter in Foxy Johns
A total rock star who I could listen to all day, Ferriter joined Jim Carroll at Banter to talk about what people would have been talking about in the pubs of Dingle one hundred years ago in 1912. Fascinating, absorbing and a chat which sent my mind in loads of directions. Hearty food for thought.

The Unthanks in St James’ Church
The performance of the weekend for me, The Unthanks brought their chilling and history-laden songs appropriate for the 200-year-old venue setting. Tracks from ‘Songs from the Shipyards’ were especially compelling. Upstairs, squished on the church’s balcony, I closed my eyes and let the tales of ship building and mining flow.

David Kitt at Currans
Soaking in new tunes from Kitt, and a couple of oldies was a delight, as a couple of dozen people packed into this tiny pub, and those who didn’t grab a seat at the bar early watched from outside, straining to hear the beautiful notes through the pub’s windows from the cold pavement.

Local Natives demonstrating how to rock out tightly and with finesse.
It’s hard to believe ‘Gorilla Manor’ is just three years old, because Local Natives feel like a band that’s been around far longer. Their second record, ‘Hummingbird’ is out next month. Inside the church, the Californians showed how much a band can progress in three years, with their set a master class in controlled urgency, with every beat, strum and yell perfectly timed and brimming with confidence and taut purpose.

Villagers’ new tunes
‘Earthly Pleasure’ especially, a complete mindbending trip, with Conor O’Brien directing those who gathered at the first Banter session in Foxy Johns through the maze of his brilliant mind. That’s some next level stuff right here folks.

The Staves in St James’ Church
I heard The Staves described as “a musical pillow” more than a couple of times over the weekend, and they sure are that and more, with beautiful harmonies and a charmingly sweet disposition.

Palma Violets in St James’ Church
With Libertine-esque dueling rowdiness and a set topped off with a drum stool high five, out of the newbies in town, PV impressed the most.

I’d somehow missed out on Crean’s lager from the Dingle Brewing Company before this year. It’s a beautiful drink; smooth, fresh and with the creaminess of a weissbeer but kindly not as heavy. Sweet and moreish too. Delish.

SOAK’s attitude
The 16-year-old from Derry could warm even the coldest hearts with a wisdom, calmness and wonderful sense of humour, especially impressive given her sharp trajectory in recent months. ‘Sea Creatures’ is wonderful.

This Is The Kit
I’d never heard of this band Aaron Dessner from The National programmed for his curated evening in the church before their name appeared on the Other Voices line-up. But the charming folk of Kate Stables and co was immediately endearing.
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