Intimate and stripped back performances are a staple of Dingle’s iconic music showcase.

If you hadn’t heard already, Other Voices is just around the corner. The music showcase weekender in the south west of Ireland highlights some of the best talent from home and abroad in one of the country’s most beautiful settings. Dingle’s unique environment and the quality of live acts on show in numerous venues across the fishing town provides an inimitable atmosphere.

Punters will be flocking in their thousands this coming weekend to mingle in the bars and pubs that line the town and if you are lucky enough you might squeeze into the church to get a view of one of the intimate performances on show.

This year those performing at the church include Jafaris and Joy Crookes who have already collaborated on ‘Early‘ in 2019, Derry’s Soak will return this year alongside post punk outfit The Murder Capital, Ye Vagabonds and more.

Ahead of this year’s festivities we’ve curated our 5 favourite performances from the church to get everyone in the mood for what promises to be one of the most exciting editions yet.

Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition 

Way back in 2010 Temper Trap took centre stage in the Church of Saint James and blew away the intimate audience with the high notes on display. Bringing a new lease of life to an iconic song, the Australian outfit’s performance has definitely stood the test of time.

Kojaque – White Noise 

2018 was a hugely important year for Choice Prize nominee Kevin Smith aka Kojaque. Dropping one of Ireland’s most important hip hop records to date, it was only fair he graced the stage in the intimate confines of Dingle’s church. Enlisting the Soft Boy Records band for a powerful and jazzier rendition of the opening track from ‘Deli Daydreams’,  the Dublin MC’s performance was captivating from start to finish.

SOAK – Sea Creatures 

In a performance that predated her debut album, SOAK‘s genuine raw talent was clear to see. There were no bells or whistles when she sang ‘Sea Creatures’, just simple and effective strumming, that coupled with her emotive vocals captured the essence of what performances in Saint James’ Church are all about.

Rusangano Family – Let the Dead Bury the Dead 

Hot off the back of their 2016 Choice Prize success, the hip hop 3 piece delivered arguably the most energetic performance in a place accustomed to softer sounds.

God Knows and MuRli traded bars whilst seamlessly riding over beats delivered by MynameisjOhn  with onlookers simultaneously rising to their feet in a packed out venue.

José Gonzales – Heartbeat

There’s no onslaught of bouncing multi-coloured balls, but not to worry as Sweden’s José Gonzales more than entertained in the most viewed of any Other Voices performance from the church.

In a stripped back performance with only a guitar in hand, the singer waxed lyrical about the fish and prawns available in the small fishing town before delivering a gripping performance.

For more information on Other Voices, the line-up and more click here.

Words: Dylan Murphy 
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