PICK OF THE WEEK
As Octave One, Lenny and Lawrence Burden have been producing pristine, groundbreaking sounds since I Believe appeared on a 10 Records introduction to techno’s new school back in 1990. Since then, the duo – along with a supporting cast of up to three other brothers on occasions – have released many fine cuts. Aside from the blockbuster Black Water, check out some of their mid-1990s releases for 430 West for size, while their live show continues to thrill. Support tonight from Giles Armstrong. FASTER FASTER FASTER Sam Binga Bristol producer Sam Binga has become one of the leading lights when it comes to electronic music which ups the tempo. Blending juke, jungle, footwork, crunk, dancehall and drum’n’bass, Binga’s recent EPs like Nuh Chat and TransAtlantic are chockablock with tracks which are meatier and heavier than anything else around. Support from Mike Fate and Jonezy.
OTHER VOICES In 2003, Other Voices began as a vehicle to highlight unheralded Irish singer-songwriters. As the years passed, however, it developed from a showcase for Irish musicians and bands to something else altogether. That it has lasted this long is down to a bunch of people with more sense than money, and with more steely resolve than Superman.
That something else altogether is expanding with each passing year. Yes, there are the stalwart evening gigs in Dingle’s St James Church (which, across this weekend, will include the likes of Lapsley, Jack Garratt, Low, Richard Hawley (above), Glen Hansard, Gaz Coombes, Gavin James, Otherkin, Ane Brun and Keaton Henson), but over the past three years, the event’s Music Trail has increased in profile and appeal to the point where many music lovers don’t even bother trying to blag a ticket to the church – there’s too much other good stuff on offer in the town’s pubs and offbeat venues.
Other Voices isn’t all about music, though – voices speak as well as sing, and one of the best new-ish events on the programme is the Banter sessions, at which Irish Times music critic Jim Carroll sits down with a group of people and, well, chats naturally with them. The line-up for this year’s Banter includes music promoter Vince Power, musician Donal Lunny, photojournalist Jean Curran, Sinn Féin councillor Eoin Ó Broin, film makers Conor Horgan and Katie Holly, and journalist/activist/ author Una Mullally.
And we haven’t even started to tell you about the restaurants, the bars, the beauty of the Dingle peninsula, the way the musicians roam around town and the coffee at Murphy’s Ice Cream shop on Strand Street. Oh – almost forgot – the Harry Clarke windows at Díseart Institute of Education and Celtic Culture on Green St are also well worth a visit. So much to do, so little time.