Presenting: Anam - Songs for Hearts & Minds

Presenting: Anam - Songs for Hearts & Minds

April 24, 2023

Featuring Nell Mescal, Lisa Hannigan, Sam Amidon, Ye Vagabonds, God Knows, Cormac Begley, Ezra Williams and more | Presented by MayKay

We are buzzing to announce that a brand new project 'Anam - Songs for Hearts & Minds' is coming your way this May!

Produced in partnership by Other Voices, the Office of Public Works and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Anam will collapse distance, bringing you intimate performances from some of Ireland's most breathtaking landmarks.

Keep scrolling for chances to win golden tickets to Anam recordings!


Presented by the amazing MayKay, Anam kicks off on 4 May, as we continue to celebrate what’s about to happen with highly anticipated Other Voices debuts by rising star Nell Mescal, folk trio Kingfishr and indie-pop sensation Ezra Williams.

We'll be premiering live sets each week from every genre: from hip-hop royalty God Knows to trad sessions with musical pioneers Cormac Begley, Gerry O'Beirne, Billy Mag Fhloinn and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. 

Ireland’s current folk revival will also be honoured with music from Sam Amidon, Ye Vagabonds, and Anna Mieke coming from the grounds of some of Ireland's most significant historic landmarks. The series will also feature songs for the head and heart by cherished songwriters Lisa Hannigan, Paul Noonan and Gemma Hayes.

Following the success of Fontaines D.C.'s Other Voices Courage iconic performance in the OPW's Kilmainham Gaol, this new collaborative project will showcase even more historic gems around the country, including Kildare's majestic Castletown House, Ireland's first and largest Palladian-style house, Cahir Castle in Tipperary, renowned for its exceptional preservation as one of Ireland's finest castles, the Blasket Centre - Ionad an Bhlascaoid, in Dunquin, close to Other Voices' spiritual home of Dingle in West Kerry and Desmond Castle in Newcastlewest, Co Limerick - these beautiful historic landmark locations will serve as breathtaking backdrops for these live music performances.

Stay tuned for some sneak peeks and more chances to attend these intimate shows coming each week!


We've got some golden tickets to attend the recordings of Anam. Please note that recording dates and livestream dates may differ. Enter below and best of luck!

*All competitions are now closed*



Special thanks to our partners at the Office of Public Works and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage for making Anam possible.
Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan TD said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Other Voices in showcasing such contemporary musical talent in our majestic Desmond Castle. It is an under-utilised space here in Limerick that I hope will play host to many more events like this, where people can come together in these intimate and special surroundings and enjoy more of the arts.”
Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, said: “Our heritage – be it nature or historic buildings  and ancient monuments – is a source of inspiration to so many artists, so it’s very fitting that these places should also be the setting for what I’m sure will be some amazing performances. I’m delighted that my own Department, the OPW and Other Voices have collaborated on such an exciting project to celebrate and deepen the interlinkages between the arts, culture, history and heritage.”
Philip King from Other Voices said: “It’s a real delight to partner with the OPW and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to bring live music from a diversity of Ireland's most wonderful artists into these magnificent buildings and these beautiful rooms, and to make them audible and visible the world over. The sound and the feeling of what it is to be Irish right now is manifest in the songs and tunes of these creative artists, who are informed and enriched by the traditions of past times…traditions born and nurtured in these halls and galleries over decades and centuries.”