Other Voices Cardigan announces headliners for iconic music festival

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Virtuoso harp and violin duo Catrin Finch and Aoife Ni Bhriain will headline Other Voices Cardigan.

Other Voices Cardigan have revealed the first five big hits that performed at St Mary’s Church during the three-day iconic music festival from November 3-5.

Acts include Gwenno, whose latest acclaimed third album Tresor was nominated for a Mercury Prize, the first non-English language album to receive such recognition.

Joining Gwenno, from Wales and Ireland, will be virtuoso harp and fiddle duo Catrin Finch and Aoife Ni Bhriain, revealing their stunning new collaboration to a live audience for the first time.

Welsh drill artist Sage Todz will perform in Welsh and English, whose track ‘O Hyd’ reworks Dafydd Iwan’s famous protest song Yma O Hyd and was adopted by the Football Association of Wales ahead of the trip of Wales to the World Cup final later. in November.

The fourth artist announced is Stella Donnelly, the Australian indie rock singer-songwriter who grew up in Wales. His first album Beware of dogs came out just before the pandemic to critical acclaim and was followed by its 2022 release Flood.

Band Pres Llareggub will treat the audience to heavy brass.

heavy brass

The confirmed fifth act from St Mary’s Church will be the mighty Band Pres Llareggub. Due to the centuries-old tradition of marching bands in the slate mining villages of North Wales, Band Pres Llareggub rises from the ashes of the past and brings with it a huge dose of heavy brass.

The band’s music evokes the lavish flavors of New Orleans marching bands, as well as Bronx-inspired pop music and Welsh-language pop music.

All performances at St Mary’s Church will take place before a public audience and will also be streamed worldwide free of charge via YouTube and Other Voices’ social media channels.

The festival will be hosted by Welsh TV and radio presenter Huw Stephens and presented in partnership between South Wind Blows, Mwldan and Triongl.

Showcasing outstanding and emerging musical talent from Wales and Ireland is the cornerstone of the Other Voices Cardigan Festival. This year’s fantastic lineup brings together strands and artists from all musical genres, including new talent who are carrying on the tradition.

As Other Voices returns to Cardigan in style with the biggest celebration of music the town has ever seen, performances at St Mary’s Church will be matched by 80 over the three days at venues across the town, highlighting featured 38 other hand-picked artists. on a Musical Discovery Trail.

Other Voices Cardigan also unveils the full Music Trail lineup, a diverse roster of incredible artists from Ireland and Wales, familiar experiences and exciting new experiences.

music trail

Cardiff’s Red Telephone offers layered, neo-psych rock that has caught the eye of DJs such as Steve Lamacq and Gideon Coe.

Emerging alt-folk artist Dani Larkin travels from Ireland with the beautifully delicate voice of rising indie folk-pop star Katie Phelan and acclaimed Dublin poet Stephen James Smith, whose poetry videos have amassed over 2.5 million views.

From Wales, Matthew Frederick brings a distinctive and timeless blend of acoustic pop and indie folk, while homeboy Rye Milligan incorporates indie, hip-hop, pop and electronica into his solo sets.

Cynefin channels the dynamic oral culture of Ceredigion’s history and song.

story and song

Also from Wales, Cynefin channels the vibrant oral culture of Ceredigion history and song, Tapestri is the beautiful folk/Americana duo Lowri Evans and Sarah Zyborska (SERA) and local band Samana bring their own brand of moody psychedelia and atmospheric folk.

Expect heartbreak, happiness and late-night feelings from experimental pop group Hourglvss as they explore the realms of love, pain and youth through an electro girl pop lens .

Bold, fiery and memorable, Dublin-based electro-pop artist Pastiche combines classic electronic pop, dark pop and a rebellious club kid sound mixed with his theatrical influences.

One of the favorites of the other voices online last year was Juice Menace from Cardiff, a rapper with unwavering power ready for greatness and who recently represented the Welsh women’s football team at world level, recording their World Cup qualifying matches with the new single “Pour elle”.

Back in Ireland, Belfast’s Problem Patterns embrace furious queer punk – festive and uplifting – whose outbursts of fun and positive havoc are part of the experience.

Sascha Samara is an alt-pop artist from Belfast, armed with candid lyrics and a girl-next-door connection. There’s also the timeless, cinematic pop-noir of Dark Tropics, powered by analog instruments and retro recording techniques.

Ynys of Aberystwyth.

melancholy harmonies

Aberystwyth’s Ynys (Dylan Hughes, ex-Race Horses and Radio Luxembourg) will paint a rich collection of soulful harmonies over a cinematic soundtrack of 80s sequencers, 70s string machines and fuzz guitars in an ensemble filled with of adventurous and offbeat psychedelia.

Cartin is one of the most electrifying talents to emerge from Northern Ireland in recent years, whose spirited performances and gripping electronic productions, incorporating live guitar elements, have cemented his ‘next up’ status in Ireland. .

Festival favorites Timbali & Peppery are Welsh DJ/producer Timbali, with his tight dubwise productions and eclectic style, and Jamaican reggae dancehall artist Peppery.

Dublin-based singer-songwriter David Kitt’s career spans eight studio albums and includes a double platinum achievement and an Irish number 1 in the charts. Self-produced grime artist LEMFRECK, who excels in unique storytelling with underground gritty sounds and honest, detailed lyricism, has been named a BBC Introducing One to Watch for 2021.

Cardiff grime artist Mace The Great.

Complete the line-up

Rounding out this year’s Music Trail lineup are popular Welsh singer-songwriter Al Lewis, Derry Cherym’s perfect pop-punk girl band, Cardiff grime artist Mace The Great, hip hop duo Tebi Rex from County Kildare, electronic duo Cardiff Roughion, rowdy indie-poppers Seazoo from Wrexham and local heroes Einir Dafydd & Band.

These new Music Trail artists join the previously announced first 10 acts: from Wales, Cerys Hafana, singer-songwriter Eve Goodman, chamber folk trio VRï, garage-rock quartet Los Blancos and the duo of rap Lloyd & Dom James.

From Ireland, acclaimed singer-songwriter Niamh Regan, electronic artist Daithí, hungry rocker Skinner, five-piece psych rocker MELTS and experimental musician-songwriter Rachael Lavelle.

The full schedule of performances with dates and times will be announced in the coming weeks.

Chat Events

As well as the inspiring program of live music, Other Voices Cardigan will also present Clebran, an engaging and thought-provoking series of discussion events that will explore and celebrate the enduring cultural ties between Ireland and Wales.

The events will feature artists, journalists, creatives and politicians, sparking rich and lively conversations about how we perceive our world, our language and our culture.

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said: ‘It’s so good to see Other Voices return to West Wales to showcase some of our best musical talent. I am so happy that we are bringing this exciting event back to the calendar. It is a symbol of the importance of our cultural and commercial relations with our Irish friends.

Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Minister Catherine Martin TD said: “Other Voices Cardigan again promises a wonderful live music program which will allow for exceptional performances to be enjoyed in the whole world.

“It is particularly encouraging to see the public and the artists come together again in person. I am very proud that my department is backing the program again this year and further strengthening the cultural ties between Ireland and Wales.

The Consul General of Ireland in Wales, Denise McQuade, said: “We are delighted that Other Voices are returning to Cardigan this year. Ireland and Wales share rich cultural ties that date back centuries.

“Other Voices offers the opportunity to make those connections and to showcase and share the best of contemporary Irish and Welsh culture.”

Early Bird Weekend Wristbands, giving access to festival events, are now available for £20, rising to £25 on October 13. Full program and ticket details are available at https://www.othervoices.ie/events/other-voices-cardigan .

Other Voices Cardigan is produced by South Wind Blows in partnership with Mwldan and Triongl and made possible with support and investment from the Welsh Government and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media .

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