The long-running live music series Other Voices returns to RTÉ 2 on Thursday with a host of performances and interviews recorded in Dingle, Ballina, Electric Picnic and the Orchard Sessions at Intel.
The brainchild of Philip King, Other Voices first aired in 2003 and styled itself as a showcase for intimate musical performances with St. James' Church in Dingle serving as its spiritual home. Over the years, it has played host to the likes of Amy Winehouse, The National, Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, The xx, and Hozier, to name but a few.
Now into its 17th series, it hasn't strayed too far from its roots. Hosted by Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and May Kay, the latest series will feature artists from across the musical spectrum performing live in unique venues across Ireland.
Once again, the series returns to Dingle with performances from rising R&B star Mahalia, hotly tipped singer-songwriter Jade Bird, South African musician Nakhane and Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys among this year's highlights. Irish acts are also well represented with the hotly-tipped David Keenan, Loah, Kojaque, Whenyoung, Columbia Mills, Pow Pig, Jack O'Rourke and Mango X Mathman all making an apperarnce.
In something of a departure, the series will screen performances and interviews from the maiden edition of Other Voices Ballina, which took place last September and saw St. Michael's Church stand in for its Dingle counterpart. The series will air three episodes from Ballina and will include sets from Villagers, Maverick Sabre, Julien Baker, Little Green Cars, Mick Flannery, Sam Fender and more.
Elsewhere during the series, viewers will be treated to dispatches from the IMRO Other Room in Dingle as well as the Orchard Sessions at Intel in Leixlip.
Finally, the series will conclude with an Electric Picnic special featuring performances recorded at the Other Voices stage at last year's festival. Norwegian pop princess Sigrid and great Irish hope Dermot Kennedy are among the notable guests there.
Other Voices: full line-up
The nine-episode run kicks off on Thursday and here is what you can look forward to over the next few weeks.
Ep 1: Dingle, Thursday Feb 21st
Mahalia, David Keenan, Nakhane, Mango x Mathman
Ep 2: Ballina Thursday February 28th
Villagers, Maria Kelly, Sam Fender
Ep 3: IMRO Other Room Thursday March 7th
Pow Pig, Kitt Philipa, Columbia Mills, Mango x Mathman, I Have A Tribe
Ep 4: Dingle Thursday March 14th
Courtney Marie Andrews, Loah, Kojaque, Pow Pig, Jack O'Rourke
Ep 5: Ballina, Thursday March 21st
Little Green Cars, Tamino, Seamus Fogarty
Ep 6: Orchard Sessions, Thursday March 28th
Kormac, Delorentos, The Academic, Ye Vagabonds, Soule, Touts
Ep 7: Dingle, Thursday April 4th
Gruff Rhys, Jade Bird, Whenyoung, Columbia Mills
Ep 8: Ballina, Thursday April 11th
Maverick Sabre, Julien Baker, Mick Flannery
Ep 9: Electric Picnic Special, Thursday April 18th
Sigrid, Passenger, David Kitt & Margie Jean Lewis, Inhaler, Dowry, Halo Maud, Stella Donnelly, Soak, Dermot Kennedy