Other Voices (Irish TV series)

Other Voices is an international music TV Series, festival, and tourism event in its own right that celebrates the local on a global scale.

Other Voices
2016 logo
Directed byMaurice Linnane
Presented byGlen Hansard (season 1)
Jerry Fish (season 2)
John Kelly (seasons 3-7)
Jenny Huston (season 6)
Aidan Gillen (seasons 10-13)
Huw Stephens (seasons 13-present)
Annie Mac (seasons 7-8, 14-present)
MayKay (Mary-Kate Geraghty) (seasons 16-present)
Country of originRepublic of Ireland
ProducersTina O'Reilly (Nee Moran)
Aoife Woodlock (music)
Production locationsSaint James's Church, Dingle, County Kerry[1]
EditorPhilip King
Running time45 minutes
Production companySouth Wind Blows Productions
Original networkRTÉ2
Original release2001 (2001) –

For the past 20 years, Other Voices has brought musicians and artists from across the world to Dingle, West Kerry, to raise their voices to sing. Since the very first intimate gathering in 2001 to the current three-day festival of music, song and storytelling across more than 20 venues, Other Voices is now an established fixture in the Irish and international music calendar; a ‘must attend’ event for performers and audiences alike. Over the past 20 years Other Voices has travelled from its home base in West Kerry to Austin, London, Belfast, Ballina, New York, Derry, Cardigan Wales and Berlin, enriching the cultural life of every destination it visits.

Other Voices broadcasts on Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ and is available to view on demand worldwide on the RTÉ player.

Past performers at Other Voices include: Hozier, Amy Winehouse, Ellie Goulding, Mumford & Sons, St. Vincent, The xx, The National, Little Simz, Sigrid, Willie Nelson, Conor Oberst, Florence + The Machine, Gregory Porter, Jessie Ware, Sinead O’Connor, Laura Marling, Arlo Parks, Sam Fender, Christy Moore, Super Furry Animals, Jarvis Cocker, Laura Mvula, Snow Patrol, Villagers, Fontaines D.C., Lisa Hannigan, The Gloaming, Lankum, Gilla Band, Rufus Wainwright & Dermot Kennedy.

The filming for Other Voices TV series takes place annually in St. James’ Church, Dingle which holds 80 guests who witness exceptional music in a small, intimate setting. Tickets are given away through competitions and cannot be purchased. Performances are streamed into venues around Dingle town including Benners Hotel, Paul Geaney's Bar, Marina Inn Dingle, John Bennys Pub, Nellie Fred's, McCarthys Bar, Barr na Sráide, O'Sullivans, Courthouse Pub, Foxy John's, Neligan's Bar, The Dingle Pub.

The show (previously called Other Voices: Songs from a Room) first aired in 2003. It is currently Ireland's leading live music series which focuses mainly on alternative music from Irish and international artists. Each December over three days a season is filmed in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland during the Other Voices Music Festival. Since the very first intimate gathering in 2001 Other Voices has held satellite events across the world in New York, Berlin, Austin and Wales, and has become an established fixture in the Irish and international music calendar. In 2020, in response to the global pandemic, Other Voices launched its 'Courage' live stream series which featured performances from artists including Lisa Hannigan, Glen Hansard and James Vincent McMorrow. In December 2020, for the first time Other Voices held its annual Dingle edition as a five-day digital festival called 'Bringing It All Back Home', which showcased Irish and international acts including Hozier, Damien Dempsey, Pillow Queens. In December, 'Other Voices: Home at the Guinness Storehouse' took place in Dublin City and included performances from Villagers, Denise Chaila and The Mary Wallopers.


Each episode features live musical performances from both Irish and international artists. It also features in-studio or on-scene interviews from various locations across Dingle town. Filming of the live performances is usually in the intimate setting of the 200-year-old Church of St James in Dingle, County Kerry. The programme has had a range of presenters since the first series began in 2001, including Glen Hansard (season 1), Jerry Fish (season 2), John Kelly (seasons 3–7), Jenny Huston (season 6, alongside Kelly), Annie Mac (seasons 7–8, 14-present), Aidan Gillen (seasons 10–13) and Huw Stephens (seasons 13-present). In 2020 MayKay (Fight Like Apes) presented 'Bringing It All Back Home' while Loah presented 'Other Voices: Home at the Guinness Storehouse'.


Shilpa Ganatra, writing in the Irish Independent in 2008, said: "Explaining Other Voices to a foreigner would sound like a flu-induced dream. I was in a pub in this tiny fishing village in the west of Ireland, where Ryan Adams was being filmed playing in front of 80 people in a tiny church. He was in the pub afterwards, and so was Paul Noonan from Bell X1 and Sinéad O'Connor, and Fight Like Apes were telling us about the most sordid website in existence".[2]

The series was originally titled Other Voices: Songs From a Room; however, this was shortened as the series progressed. The sixth series was recorded in November and December 2007, and began broadcasting on 13 February 2008. It brought about a slight change of format, with the introduction of a second host in Jenny Huston and acoustic performances being filmed outside the Church of St James, in various places around Dingle.

The seventh series was recorded in Saint James's Church in Dingle from 5–9 December 2008 and aired in January 2009. It was presented by John Kelly and Annie Mac.[3] Emilíana Torrini and Duke Special performed on the Friday, whilst Billy Bragg, Liam Finn and Colm Mac Con Iomaire performed on the Saturday. The Sunday line-up consisted of Elbow, Richard Hawley and James Morrison, whilst the Monday line-up consisted of Lisa Hannigan, Steve Reynolds and Mick Flannery. Kíla, Imelda May, Eric Bibb and Jape performed on the final night.[4]

The eighth series was recorded in Saint James's Church in Dingle from 5–9 December 2009. It was presented by Annie Mac. Snow Patrol, Richard Hawley, The xx, The Temper Trap, The Magic Numbers, Imelda May, Brett Anderson and Speech Debelle are amongst the performers.[1][5][6] A three-song acoustic performance by Florence and the Machine was recorded for the show in a separate venue due to the artist having other tour commitments.[6] A performance by Snow Patrol involved the first ever use of optical burst switching for a live performance.[7] The series was broadcast on RTÉ Two from 3 February until 10 March 2010.[8]

Other Voices NYC, broadcast over Christmas 2011, centres on East Village, New York City, featuring Gabriel Byrne, Glen Hansard, Roddy Doyle, Damien Rice and Joseph O'Connor amongst others.[9]


The series is supported by RTÉ Television, IMRO, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht/An Roinn Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta and the 2016 season is also supported by The Ireland Funds, Lonely Planet and the Wild Atlantic Way. The 2015 season was supported by The Guardian.


The success of the television series has led to the release of a number of CDs featuring live recordings from the series. In more recent years, Other Voices live content has been made available to stream on Spotify and to purchase on Apple Music.[10] The move to music streaming and download services came as the CD series was discontinued.

Track listingsEdit


  1. American Townland – Interference
  2. Snow Is Gone – Josh Ritter
  3. Healthy – Mundy
  4. Universal – Nina Hynes
  5. Closer To Happy – Emmett Tinley
  6. True Friends – Jerry Fish
  7. Other Men – Martin Finke
  8. Volunteer – Mark Geary
  9. Belle – Paul Tiernan
  10. Stars Above – Maria Doyle Kennedy
  11. On A May Morning – Barry McCormack
  12. Party On – Damien Dempsey
  13. Star Star – The Frames
  14. The Blower's Daughter – Damien Rice
  15. Anyone Who's Yet To Come – Paddy Casey
  16. What Would I know – Roesy
  17. Standing in Doorways – Ger Wolfe
  18. An Taobh Tuathail Amach – Rónán Ó Snodaigh
  19. Limerick – John Hegarty


  1. Staring at the Sun – Simple Kid
  2. Evening Sun- Gemma Hayes
  3. Self Servin' Society – Paddy Casey
  4. Heyday – Glen Hansard
  5. Captain Cassanova – Rodrigo Y Gabriella
  6. One Man Guy – Turn
  7. Erin The Green – Cara Dillon
  8. Daybreak – Bell X1
  9. Metropolitan Avenue – Christy Moore
  10. Quiet of the night – Karan Casey
  11. Saturdays – David Kitt
  12. The Be All and End All – Bic Runga
  13. Forgotten Lake – The Handsome Family
  14. You- Luka Bloom
  15. Out of the Blue – The Tyco Brahe
  16. Your World – Declan O'Rourke
  17. My Brass Buttons – The Jimmy Cake
  18. Churchyard – Pauline Scanlon
  19. Upside Down- Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club


  1. A Drop of Rain – Joe Chester
  2. Hold Up – Republic of Loose
  3. Sunnyroad – Emiliana Torrini
  4. It's Been Done – Angela McCloskey
  5. GoGo (Don't Go) – The Chalets
  6. Galileo – Declan O'Rourke
  7. Saints and Sinners- Paddy Casey
  8. Sunshine Superman – Donovan
  9. Kite Flyers Hill – Eddi Reader
  10. Day in Verona – Tom Baxter
  11. Our Mutual Friend – The Divine Comedy
  12. Misguided Angel – Cowboy Junkies
  13. Ellis Unit One- Steve Earle
  14. Back to Me – Kathleen Edwards
  15. Angel- Gavin Friday
  16. Liberty Bell – Autamata
  17. Hungry – Sonny Condell
  18. Wedding Dress – Mark Lanegan Band



  1. ^ a b "Big voices signed for RTÉ show". The Irish Times. 13 November 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2009. The eighth instalment of RTÉ's Other Voices TV show will kick off in its usual venue, St James's Church in Dingle, Co Kerry. [...] Some of the acts already announced to play include Snow Patrol, Richard Hawley, The XX and Australian band The Temper Trap. The Ticket can confirm that indie favourites The Magic Numbers and rockabilly queen Imelda May will also be performing. Organisers are keeping mum regarding what acts are playing on what night, but producer Philip King said that it's the atmosphere that makes Other Voices so special for musicians and fans alike.
  2. ^ Ganatra, Shilpa (1 February 2008). "The Big Story: Other Voices is back". Irish Independent. Retrieved 13 November 2008.
  3. ^ "RTÉ 2 confirm Other Voices recording". Hot Press. 5 November 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Full Other Voices line-up announced". RTÉ. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  5. ^ "First batch of Other Voices acts confirmed + ticket details". Hot Press. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 13 November 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Other Voices final line up announced!". Hot Press. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Snow Patrol gig in Dingle marks a world first". The Kerryman. 2 December 2009. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2010.
  8. ^ "Other Voices starts new series on February 3". Hot Press. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  9. ^ "RTÉ announces Christmas highlights". RTÉ. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Other Voices Series".

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