Dignity - A celebration of Bob Dylan at 80
Other Voices and the U.S. Embassy's Creative Minds present ‘Dignity’ - a special livestream to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday
Other Voices is delighted to announce we are teaming up with U.S. Embassy Dublin’s Creative Minds team to curate a unique livestream celebrating the music and social impact of Bob Dylan on his 80th birthday.
Named for his song ‘Dignity’, the event will bring together a wide range of acts to perform songs of Bob Dylan, embracing the power of the music, and introducing an Embassy initiative to promote diversity, inclusion, and equality - themes that weave throughout Dylan’s iconic canon.
WATCH DIGNITY LIVE
Celebrating the legacy of Bob Dylan at 80
Many of Ireland's foremost musicians and artists will join forces to raise their voices in recognition of the legendary musician, songwriter and activist whose songs and poetry have touched the lives and inspired so many around the world—perhaps nowhere more so than Ireland.
On the night there will be songs, spoken word and collaborations from a diverse line up including music by renowned Irish songwriter Mick Flannery and rising star Susan O’Neill, and an original piece from award-winning Irish writer Joseph O’Connor, with many more artists to be announced.
NEW NAMES JUST ADDED: Lisa Hannigan, one of Ireland's most cherished song-writers; Californian alt-folk act, Cinder Well; FeliSpeaks - the acclaimed Nigerian-Irish poet and performer; the critically acclaimed American experimental musician, Peter Broderick; ethereal Galway-based folk star, Brigid Mae Power; and Paul Brady - one of Ireland’s most enduringly popular artists whose music has been publicly admired by Bob Dylan.
Hosted by Loah
Dignity will be presented by and will feature performances from phenomenal Sierra Leonean-Irish singer-songwriter Loah, whose career includes a series of acclaimed EP releases, television performances and her brilliant stint as Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar on the West End.
Other Voices and Creative Minds will stream Dignity live to the world from the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, at 8pm on Monday 24th May. Irish and international music fans can stream the performances for free on Other Voices’ YouTube and Facebook platforms and RTE.ie. Stay tuned for full line up and streaming details coming soon.
Dignity is supported by the Department of Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and the Ardagh Group.
Quote from Christopher Wurst, Acting Deputy Chief of the U.S. Embassy Dublin:
"The U.S. Embassy is excited not only to work with amazing and diverse Irish artists, to celebrate the legacy of Bob Dylan, but to employ the Dignity project to further highlight issues around diversity and inclusion in both our countries."
Quote from Philip King, Other Voices Founder:
"A self-styled "musical expeditionary", The Song and Dance man Bob Dylan set out in the late 1950s and has been travelling hard ever since. His genius was tracked early on. He was always an Other Voice. Pete Seeger, the guardian of folk song's eternal flame, asked Bob how he wrote songs: "Do you just spread out the newspaper in the morning until you find the story that really gets you upset?", "I really just take them out of the air," replied Dylan. Once described as the performing curator of the museum of American music, Bob Dylan is continuing the journey he started over six decades ago. That he should continue to write, continue to record, continue to perplex and amaze and frustrate and entertain and bewilder and provoke and challenge . . . is quite simply astonishing. I think that Irish people access Dylan at a profound level; we know where he's been, we like to think we know where he's going. Like many of us he embraces and rejects tradition at one and the same time. The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem were living and playing music in the bars and clubs of Greenwich Village at Dylan's dawn. They became, like many others, a source and an influence. As he says "all I ever wanted was to journey to the place that that song spirit came from” He's done just that ..and with ‘Dignity’ we gather to celebrate the man and his remarkable work. May he stay Forever Young.
Wise man lookin' in a blade of grass
Young man lookin' in the shadows that pass
Poor man lookin' through painted glass
“Dignity" Bob Dylan