Stars in the mak­ing play their hearts out to Din­gle au­di­ences

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

MAIN Street Din­gle was lined with trucks, vans and taxis from early on Mon­day morn­ing as the cast, crew and par­tic­i­pants in Other Voices de­camped from the town.

Mu­sic in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als as well as lo­cal hired hands stacked and dis­patched the seem­ingly never end­ing tons of equip­ment that were hired in for the week­end. Mu­sic filled the town, pubs, ho­tels and restau­rants hosted mu­si­cians with names most of the res­i­dents had never heard of, but as has hap­pened in the past with acts such as Hozier they were here be­fore they be­came house­hold names.

Din­gle busi­nesses adapted and catered to the in­flux of mostly 20 to 40 year olds, restau­rants mov­ing onto the street as take-away food was most suited to the en­er­getic youth, pack­ing in as much of the mu­sic trail as they could. On Satur­day evening the jam packed Fish box saw ‘The Prince’(Cú na Mara skip­per Michael Flan­nery) in a rush to re­plen­ish the fish stocks. Judg­ing by the bins on the side of the street the favourite day­time drink was cof­fee, with Bean in Din­gle cof­fee shop re­port­edly tak­ing or­ders for col­lec­tion up to 20 min­utes later.

With some ex­cep­tions the mu­si­cians played one- hour sets, stars in the mak­ing with a shared pas­sion for mak­ing mu­sic and per­form­ing. The gen­res stretched from tra­di­tional mu­sic to house with a touch of blues in the mix.

Other Voices is a week­end fu­elled and formed by the vi­sion of Philip King and Nuala O’Con­nor, both have ded­i­cated their lives to breath­ing new life into the pre­sen­ta­tion and role of Ir­ish cul­ture within the wider world. They have at­tracted in­flu­en­tial peo­ple and in­ter­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions to this view and they con­tinue to gather a fol­low­ing for what they do.

At the Ire­land’s Edge con­fer­ence run as part of other Voices, the ap­point­ment of Philip King as Ad­junct Pro­fes­sor by Dublin City Univer­sity’s Fac­ulty of Hu­man­i­ties and So­cial Sciences was warmly re­ceived, echo­ing the re­spect in which he is held.

On Mon­day morn­ing, his daugh­ters Molly and Juno stood out­side Ben­ner’s say­ing good­bye to the stars and the crews, the next gen­er­a­tion of the King-O’Con­nor fam­ily ready to pick up the reins.

Pho­tos by De­clan Malone

Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuib­hne Tran­si­tion Year stu­dents Ava Wil­liams, Sarah Guithín, Aimee Rose Casanove, and Leah Getkate in An Díseart where they were help­ing out as road­ies at an Other Voices con­cert on Satur­day. LEFT: Bren­dan and Nancy Falvey from An­nascaul out­side Ben­ner’s Ho­tel after at­tend­ing the Other Voices con­certs in St James’s Church on Satur­day night with tick­ets they won in a Ker­ry­man com­pe­ti­tion. Silva Bates with a cut­tle­fish that was soon to be dis­sected at the Clean Coasts work­shop held in Mara Beo while Ava Sheehy (right) was mak­ing Christ­mas lanterns from jam jars and ma­rine lit­ter

Dr Billy MagFhloinn get­ting a mini ‘pa­gan rave’ started in the Skel­lig Ho­tel dur­ing the Ire­land’s Edge Con­fer­ence that was held as part of Other Voices.

Bre­an­ndán Ó Beaglaoich with Ger­man Am­bas­sador to Ire­land Deike Potzel at the Ire­land’s Edge Con­fer­ence.

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