PREPARATIONS are currently under way in Dingle with the announcement that Other Voices – the world renowned music series that has been recorded in St James Church on Main Street over the past several years – will return to West Kerry on December 6, 7 and 8 for its 12th outing.
Other Voices, which has also hosted special editions of the series in New York, Derry and London, has seen some of the world's biggest names on the music scene perform in Dingle including the late, great Amy Winehouse, Jarvis Cocker, Elbow, The Frames, Josh Ritter and Ellie Goulding.
The news that multi-million selling singer/songwriter David Gray is set to return is causing great excitement, as is the confirmation of Scottish rockers Mogwai and Ireland's Lisa O'Neill, pictured, for this year's Other Voices, at which actor Aidan Gillen will be the host. And on Monday, American Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Patty Griffin was also confirmed for the line-up, along with Wicklow born blues singer Hozier.
According to Other Voices founder Philip King, it's great to be back for another year of musical excellence in Dingle.
"We have photographed, recorded and archived the soundtrack of one of the country's most turbulent decades with some of Ireland's and the world's greatest artists," he said.
Other Voices also provides a TV and online platform for new and emerging acts in the IMRO Other Room and artists around the county and country can apply to take part at OtherVoices.ie until midnight tonight (November 20).
Other Voices 2013 will also feature the Other Voices Music Trail which will see a great line-up of acts perform in informal venues around Dingle during the weekend.
All Other Voices Music Trail events are free and will take place before and after the Church recordings.
Familiar names will perform alongside emerging Irish artists with a few special guests thrown in for good measure and for those who don't make it into the church, live action from St James will be streamed in bars around the town and online.
Tickets for the Other Voices performances in St James Church are free and can only be won through various online and media competitions and The Kerryman hope to announce details of how to win in the next edition.
In the meantime, more information on Other Voices 2013 may be accessed at OtherVoices.ie.