The Other Voices story so far
“Other Voices is communion. It is the rhythm and flow of a long conversation. It is the surprise of a tear running down a cheek. It is songs carrying us away and then bringing us back to each other. That is the heart of the matter.”
- Annie Macmanus
Songs for the Head + the Heart
Since 2001, Other Voices has brought some of the world’s leading luminaries to the most westernly tip of Europe to raise their voice and sing.
Glastonbury headliners, Grammy-winners and New York Times cover stars have all joined us in West Kerry to experience the magic of our intimate, ethereal winter festival, creating a genre-defying time capsule of the musical landscape year-on-year.
Across two decades, our spiritual home the Church of St James has witnessed breathtaking performances by Amy Winehouse, Sam Fender, Arlo Parks, The National, For Those I Love, Sigrid, Young Fathers, Little Simz and more, with Other Voices’ ethereal charm drawing back friends like Hozier, Dermot Kennedy and elbow to play for us time and time again.
We care just as much about showcasing emerging talent as we do about big names. Each year the brightest new artists make the pilgrimage to perform on our Music Trail in boats, caravans, cafes, record shops and anywhere else we can squeeze them in. Whether it's in West Kerry, Cardigan or Ballina our Music Trail is always about championing what’s about to happen and has been a right of passage for the likes of Fontaines D.C., Saint Sister and many more.
Produced by South Wind Blows, Other Voices Festival has become an established fixture in the Irish and international music calendar, a 'must attend' event for performers and audiences alike with thousands making their way to experience all that we have to offer each winter.
Other Voices across the Globe
From Austin to Derry, Latitude to New York City via Berlin and London we’ve brought our Other Voices stage to some of our favourite cities and festivals, bringing pals like Snow Patrol and Lisa Hannigan with us and making new friends like Gregory Porter, Ed Sheeran, Martha Wainwright, Willie Nelson and Celeste along the way.
When the world stood still, we kept moving. In 2020 during the depths of lockdown, we launched our acclaimed ‘Courage’ series, beaming inspiring performances of new voices and familiar faces into homes around the world. Iconic performances by Denise Chaila, The Murder Capital, Lankum and more lifted our spirits and gave us all courage at a time when we needed it the most.
Other Voices Twenty One
This December we celebrate our 21st anniversary, live and online with some of the world's most exciting acts. Stunning live sets will be beamed live tothe Other Voices' YouTube each night from The Church of St James, with dozens of Ireland's brightest new voices taken to the stages along the Dingle Gin Music Trail from 2 - 4 December. We want to share our plans with you before anyone else - sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know.
The South Wind Blows Family
Other Voices is produced by South Wind Blows - Ireland's leading creative production company who have been at the forefront of music television + cultural programming for over 30 years.
From our very first intimate gathering in 2001, to the three-day festival of music, song and storytelling, to our current form as producers of beautifully realised livestreams, Other Voices has been accessible for everyone to enjoy. That’s how we’d like to keep it.
If you are one of the thousands who’ve made the that special pilgrimage to Dingle or one of the millions who enjoyed Courage, Other Voices Dingle and Other Voices Home in 2020, we would love it if you would consider supporting us to help us light up the Church of St James for our 21st birthday in December 2022.
You can show your support by joining us on Patreon or making a one off donation, no matter how big or small here.
With your help, we can future proof the inclusive spirit of Other Voices, for many years to come.