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Thursday 8 December 2016

Other Voices festival faces struggle to be heard

Famed event must find major sponsor to secure future

Published 05/12/2011 | 05:00

Aidan Gillen star of 'Love / Hate' and The Wire pictured outside St. James's Church in Dingle, County Kerry the venue where he will present 'Other Voices' this week.
Aidan Gillen star of 'Love / Hate' and The Wire pictured outside St. James's Church in Dingle, County Kerry the venue where he will present 'Other Voices' this week.

IS there no end to the talents of actor and presenter Aidan Gillen?

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It seems the governor of Maryland in 'The Wire' can also add model-making to his impressive CV.

The Dublin native and internationally acclaimed actor made a model of the Church of St James in Dingle for singer Lisa Hannigan and gave it to her, in a box, as a memento of her visit to Other Voices 10.

And the softly spoken songstress was so touched by the gesture she thanked him from the stage during her set in the atmospheric church that has housed the live performances for the past nine years.

The Other Voices veteran was back in the west Kerry town at the weekend for what she has dubbed a "musical winter camp".

But now the organisers are asking serious questions about the festival's survival, which may not be possible unless a major sponsor comes on board.

While visiting media marvel at the quaintness of the town, funding of the event is going to be the organisers' main headache for the year ahead.

The festival came to a close last night with performances by Wild Beasts, Spiritualized and SBTRKT but some up-and-coming talent including Ham Sandwich, Fred and Eithne Ni Chathain aka Inni-K, will perform in the back room of McCarthy's Bar today for the TV series to be broadcast on RTE Two in the new year.

And Ms Hannigan isn't the only performer who can't resist returning to Dingle each year for the annual musical love-in. Dublin songwriter James Vincent McMorrow who performed on Saturday -- for the third time -- summed up the attraction of the event.

"It's a unique thing," he told the Irish Independent. "There are no airs or graces to it and it's like nothing else in the world I've ever come across, where big musicians mingle with new musicians."

Among the other big names playing at Other Voices 10 over the four days were Edwyn Collins, Frank Turner, Mick Flannery, The Frames and The Coronas.

The church can only hold a maximum of 90 people -- which included Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte on Saturday and Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan last night -- but those not lucky enough to get tickets were able to enjoy the music, thanks to live streaming.

Irish Independent

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