A Celebration of music & Literature


benefitting FIGHTING WORDS Creative Writing Centre

Date: OCTOBER 27th & 28th, 2011

Famed television program OTHER VOICES kicks off its 10th anniversary celebrations, travelling from its home base in Dingle, Ireland to the heart of NYC to host performances by Glen Hansard, Bryce and Aaron Dessner (The National), Sam Amidon, Thomas Bartlett and more.

Further line up additions and ticket details to be announced soon.

Other Voices, the internationally acclaimed music series from Ireland, crosses the Atlantic this Fall for a special two-night celebration of music and literature at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge on October 27th and 28th.

Other Voices NYC is presented by Imagine Ireland in association with The Burgundy Stain Sessions and will feature performances by Oscar winning Irish artist Glen Hansard (The Swell Season), Bryce & Aaron Dessner (The National), Thomas Bartlett, Laurie Anderson, Sam Amidon, Bell X1, Iarla O’ Lionaird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Martin Hayes and many more to be announced. In addition to the musical offerings, prominent Irish literary figures including Joseph O'Connor and Colum McCann will perform intimate readings during the two-day event. Ticket sales will benefit the Fighting Words creative writing centre.

Heading into its tenth year, the Other Voices music series is filmed each winter in Ireland, at the tiny, historic and very beautiful two-hundred year old St. James’ Church in Dingle, Co. Kerry. Celebrated Irish and international bands and musicians, along with many of Ireland’s most exciting emerging artists gather in the town, recording in-depth interviews and performing unique live sets to intimate audiences. The series has hosted a myriad of acts from across all genres of music including Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Amy Winehouse, The National, Snowpatrol, Ray Davies, Josh Ritter, The xx, Florence and the Machine, Ryan Adams, Ellie Goulding, Steve Earle, Emiliana Torrini, James Blunt, Rufus and Martha Wainwright and many more. The series is broadcast on TV stations globally.

Some say that on a clear Atlantic day, you can see New York from Dingle, a picturesque fishing village at the southwestern tip of Ireland. Visible or not, the cultural connections between this rural Irish town and the American metropolis are undeniable. "The DNA of Irish and American music is woven together, each leaving an indelible mark on the other," says Other Voices Series Editor Philip King."The gathering of artists in Dingle each year gives voice to that truth."

Speaking of Other Voices NYC, King says “There is a continually evolving exchange taking place among a new generation of Irish and American musicians and writers. Many of the great artists contributing to this unique event visited with us in Dingle and found the experience uplifting and inspirational. It’s exciting for us to journey to New York City to continue the conversation”.

Other Voices NYC is part of Culture Ireland's "Imagine Ireland" program, a year-long celebration of Irish arts in America, funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport. www.imagineireland.ie

Website: www.othervoices.ie
Facebook: ‘OtherVoices’
Twitter: @OtherVoicesLive
YouTube: ‘OtherVoicesLive’

For further information on Other Voices NYC, please contact:
US media:
Carrie Tolles, Anthony D'Amato, or Matt Hanks at Shore Fire Media, 718.522.7171

Irish & UK media:
Aileen Galvin at Entertainment Architects / + 353 1 2691933


Fighting Words is a creative writing centre, established in Dublin in January 2009 by Roddy Doyle and Seán Love and was inspired by author Dave Eggers’ 826 Valencia creative writing project in the US. They provide free tutoring and mentoring in creative writing and related arts. They work in all genres of creative writing, including fiction, prose, scriptwriting, film-making, graphic novel and songwriting. Most of their students are children, and to date, they have hosted over 25,000 students in workshops and courses. The tutoring is all provided by volunteers of whom there are more than 400. They include many internationally renowned writers and artists.
Fighting Words/ Twitter: @fightingtwitt / Facebook: pages/Fighting-Words/105269119508480

Culture Ireland is the state agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide, working under the aegis of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Culture Ireland creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists to present their work at strategic international festivals, venues, showcases and arts markets.

The Burgundy Stain Sessions debuted in New York this past January at Le Poisson Rouge and has quickly emerged as a significant monthly cultural event. Hosted & curated by Thomas Bartlett, The Sessions take the spirit of a Salon and have a desire to gather artists for an intimate and informal night of live performance in the round. Past participants have included: Glen Hansard, St. Vincent, Norah Jones, Beth Orton, Martha Wainwright, Tegan & Sara, Justin Bond, Sean Lennon, Rufus Wainwright, Lisa Hannigan, Julia Stone, Sam Amidon & Nico Muhly.

South Wind Blows is a multi-media production company based in Ireland. Specialising in music and arts programming, the company was founded in 2006 by Philip King, Nuala O’Connor and Tina Moran, quickly gaining an enviable reputation for developing vibrant and innovative projects and delivering high quality productions from concept to completion. Over the years, South Wind Blows have gathered together a world-class production team including award winning directors, designers and editors. Projects include the Emmy Award winning Bringing It All Back Home, John McGahern’s A Private World, Irish traditional music series The Full Set and the world acclaimed music series Others Voices amongst many others.

Dingle, Ireland. Located at the edge of Europe, the Dingle Peninsula stretches into the Atlantic Ocean from the Southwest of Ireland. Once cited as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ by the National Geographic, Dingle was also voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor. Surrounded by the sea, it is a place that is rich in every aspect – it has a thriving Irish language community, a rich and authentic musical and literary tradition, fabulous food, warm and welcoming local people and a thriving tourism business built around coastal activities. Set against a stunningly beautiful backdrop, it has a creative spirit that is palpable.

(Le) Poisson Rouge is a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the site of the historic Village Gate. Dedicated to the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art, the venue's mission is to revive the symbiotic relationship between art and revelry; to establish a creative asylum for both artists and audiences.

LPR prides itself in offering the highest quality eclectic programming, impeccable acoustics, and bold design. The state-of-the art performance space, engineered by the legendary John Storyk/WSDG, offers full flexibility in multiple configurations: seated, standing, in-the-round, and numerous alternative arrangements. The adjoining lounge is open during the day as a café, and at night as a secondary bar and event space. A work of art itself, the physical facilities are the embodiment of the experimental philosophy that drives the venue.