Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated, singer-songwriter DAVID GRAY, Kildare rapper JYELLOWL, new dreamy, alternative-pop music from SODA BLONDE, rising songwriter from Derry JC STEWART and guitar-led four piece from York THE HOWL & THE HUM – have all been added to the previously announced stellar line-up of ELBOW, SKINNY LIVING, DENISE CHAILA, and JESCA HOOP for the second edition of Other Voices Ballina on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th February 2020.
Tickets for the St. Michael’s Church TV recording performances cannot be purchased and will be given away through competitions in national and local radio, press, online and to those who register for the Other Voices Music Trail. As is the long-standing tradition, the timetable for each night of the Church concert will only be announced the week of Other Voices Ballina.
With limited audience capacity for the TV recordings, festival folk won’t miss a thing, as all performances from St. Michael’s Church will be live-streamed to the Music Trail venues throughout the town. In partnership with Virgin Media, Other Voices Live Streaming allows music fans to sit back and enjoy all the happenings in St. Michael’s Church from a cosy spot in the pub in front of huge screens with high definition audio-visual and close proximity to all the action. Venues include The Loft, T Breathnach’s, An Sean Sibin, An Bolg Bui, Harrisons, Paddy Macs, Bar Square, An Tarbh 47, The Cot and Cobble, Vincy’s Bar, and Shambles.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
DAVID GRAY needs little introduction, the multi-platinum, multi-Brit award and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter will join us in St. Michael’s Church to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of ‘White Ladder’, which became the biggest selling album of all time in Ireland and one of the greatest and most heart-warming word-of-mouth successes in music. www.davidgray.com
With Jamaican/Nigerian blood and an Irish upbringing, rapper JYELLOWL has drawn on all three aspects of his background to create a sound and vision that sets him apart on the domestic scene. His subject matter explores the social and global problems that intrigue and disturb him. 2018 came to a riotous close with an Irish tour in support of R&B superstar Nelly, critical acclaim for his ‘Me n Me 2’ EP. 2020 will be all go as he paves the way for his debut album. Watch the video for Ozone.
SODA BLONDE is the new alt-pop musical venture of singer-songstress Faye O’Rourke, Adam O’Regan, Donagh Seaver O’Leary and Dylan Lynch, who all emerged from the ashes of internationally acclaimed band Little Green Cars. Lead by a distinctive new sound with influences from Fleetwood Mac, Bat For Lashes and Kate Bush whilst still keeping the unique charm that sky-rocketed Little Green Cars’ success. The result is enticing, dreamy alternative-pop. ‘Swimming Through The Night’
An undeniable rising star JC STEWART’s song-writing focuses on stripping it back to sentiment and melody. Hailing from Co. Derry, JC has been dubbed as one of MTV’s Ones To Watch for 2020, GoldenPlec’s ‘Plec Picks 2020’, EIREWAVE ‘The Next Big Thing’. Previous singles ‘Pick Up Your Phone’ and ‘Bones’ gained attention from BBC Radio 1. JC recently released his debut EP ‘The Wrong Ones’ and has played shows with Lewis Capaldi, Lauv, Anne-Marie, Wild Youth and Freya Ridings to name a few.
York-based 4-piece THE HOWL & THE HUM combine dark hypnotic pop with post-punk influences, pierced with emotive lyrics. Following acclaimed sets at UK festivals including Latitude and The Great Escape, they embarked on a debut tour of the Scottish Highlands. The band have released a series of new songs and Clash Magazine described their sound as “expansive indie songwriting that nods towards Massive Attack or Portishead.” Check out ‘The Only Boy Racer Left On The Island’
THE MUSIC TRAIL
The Other Voices Music Trail kicks off throughout the weekend. Pubs and venues dotted across the town of Ballina will be in full flow with a plethora of free performances. Having recently announced the first 15 acts including the likes of Join Me In The Pines, The Mary Wallopers, Joel Harkin, Runabay, Elkin, Shookrah and many many more – Stay tuned for the next batch of acts to be announced next week.
The multi-disciplinary creative event IRELAND’S EDGE returns to Ballina to the Jackie Clarke Museum on Saturday 29th February. The event will bring together a compelling range of entrepreneurs, innovators, writers and artists.