This weekend, 6th & 7th March, Dingle and Cardigan unite to celebrate the cultural connection of the Celtic sister regions.
Other Voices, Ireland’s iconic TV music festival is delighted to return to Wales this March to honour the deep-rooted connection between Ireland and its nearest neighbour.
With a host of exceptional musical talents making their way to the National Museum Cardiff to perform, Other Voices Cardigan is set to be a glorious celebration of the shared Celtic identity of Ireland and Wales.
Ani Glass | Aoife Ní Bhriain | BERWYN | Juice Menace | Catrin Finch | The Gentle Good | Sinead O’Brien
The second edition of Other Voices Cardigan - part of GŵYL 2021 - is supported by both the Welsh and Irish Governments and Welsh broadcast partner S4C and aims to deepen and strengthen the two nations’ long-standing relationship with positive engagement in the light of global uncertainty, through a weekend of beautifully realised musical performances.
“Other Voices Cardigan 2021 will overcome the challenges of COVID and present a great celebration of the music and culture of Ireland and Wales on the 6th and 7th of March.I welcome the splendid programme that has been prepared for this event which will enable outstanding performances to be enjoyed around the globe.”
Catherine Martin, TD, Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sports, and the Gaeltacht
“I am delighted to welcome the ongoing collaboration between Other Voices in Ireland and Wales and its musical expression at Gŵyl 2021. This reflects the strong and vibrant connection between our countries and cultures”.
Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs
“As our closest European neighbour and one of our most important cultural and economic partners, our connections with Ireland are invaluable. Other Voices was a very welcome addition to Wales’ calendar of festivals in 2019 and I’m delighted that Gŵyl 2021 is bringing the best of these wonderful festivals to a wide audience. Throughout this pandemic the creative industries have been sharing, celebrating and bringing people together. I’m sure this event will help to bring Wales and Ireland even closer.”
First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford
Taking place on 6 - 7 March, Other Voices Cardigan will become a cultural bridge between St David’s Day and St Patrick’s Day, embodied by a shared performance by two trailblazing Celtic musicians. Accomplished Irish violinist Aoife Ní Bhriain will join acclaimed Welsh harpist Catrin Finch for a unique collaboration which aims to represent the cultural closeness, longstanding history and continued connection of the two places, both immersed in language, music and art.
"It's always a great pleasure to discover new music and share music and roots with one another. There are many similarities in the music of Ireland and Wales, and over the years the music has travelled with the people creating cultural links between both nations, which we were so excited to discover through preparing for this collaboration. Having both studied classical music while maintaining a strong connection to our roots, we are able to have a bilingual conversation of sorts through our musical understandings and appreciations of each others traditions, languages and cultures"
Aoife Ní Bhriain & Catrin Finch
Aoife and Catrin will also perform solo sets as part of Other Voices Cardigan embracing the dialogue and diversity of both Ireland and Wales, with the event hoping to signify the desire from both sides to nurture these deep-rooted cultural ties.
The rich and diverse lineup also includes electronic pop artist Ani Glass, Cardiff based rising star Juice Menace, post-punk poet Sinead O'Brien, multi-instrumentalist The Gentle Good and Trinidad-born rapper, producer, and songwriter BERWYN.
Following on from the highly successful ‘Courage’ series, Other Voices will once again be collapsing distance, this time between homes around the world and the front row of the National Museum, Cardiff with an inspiring weekend of performances all free to enjoy online.
Hosted by Huw Stephens and Kizzy Crawford, Other Voices Cardigan is a collaborative stream brought to you by South Winds Blows, Mwldan and Triongl. Other Voices Cardigan is part of ‘Gŵyl 2021’, a two day digital festival staged by four of Wales’ best-loved festivals, and is presented in partnership by Focus Wales, Little Wander, Triongl, South Wind Blows, Mwldan, Wales Millennium Centre and BBC Cymru Wales.
Irish and international music fans can stream the weekend’s performances for free on Other Voices’ YouTube, Twitter and Facebook platforms whilst UK based music fans can tune in at BBC.co.uk/gwyl2021.
The event will also broadcast on S4C on 8th April at 9pm and RTÉ later this year. The full schedule for the Gŵyl 2021 weekend will be available on the BBC platform from Tuesday 2nd March.
More details are available here
About Other Voices
Now in its 20th year, Other Voices is a glorious celebration of music in all its diversity. From its beginnings as an intimate musical gathering in a tiny church in Dingle, Ireland’s iconic festival has hosted a series of global events in Austin, London, Belfast, Berlin, Derry, New York with a further 35 million people experiencing the festival online. Their digital ‘Courage’ series gained over 9.6 million views in 2020, bringing live music safely back into people’s lives with performances from Lisa Hannigan, Fontaines D.C and more. In 2019 the tiny West Wales town of Cardigan joined their family, cementing the ties between two Celtic communities who live, work and play on the wild westerly coasts of their respective countries. Other Voices Cardigan presents a stunning programme of live music and compelling dialogue around the intersection of art, culture, technology and commerce.
Quote from Philip King, South Wind Blows, Ireland:
“It’s a great delight for all of us at Other Voices to be returning to Wales to deepen and strengthen our relationship with Mwldan and working in partnership with 3 of the most significant festivals in Wales to create and curate compelling uplifting inspirational and entertaining content and to transmit that content from the singing city of Cardiff to the world. Gŵyl 2021 is about working together, playing and singing together with our nearest neighbours and in doing so help ameliorate the anxieties and tensions we have all experienced over the last year."
Quote from Dilwyn Davies, Mwldan Cardigan, Wales:
“Other Voices and Mwldan are super excited at the prospect of an extraordinary weekend of music from Ireland and Wales, created and shared by our wonderful festival partners. During a time of separation, distance and lockdown, it's all the more important that we - artists, audiences - join together to share and celebrate the riches of our diverse cultures.”
Other Voices Cardigan is staged with the support and investment of Welsh Government, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and S4C, and is produced by South Wind Blows in partnership with Mwldan and Triongl.
All rehearsals, filming and recording have taken or will take place within local Coronavirus guidelines. All content made in Wales has been created entirely in consultation with Welsh Government.
Other Voices Cardigan promo assets and artist press shots are available here: http://bit.ly/3rCxLZr
Further info on artists is available at the below links:
Contact Alannah McGhee at email@example.com / +353 86 075 3874 for further details.
Other Voices Highlights:
Other Voices Courage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpWuhpoBHfE
Other Voices Cardigan 2019: https://youtu.be/kQnf2DrtLKA
Denise Chaila: https://youtu.be/JKBsucw0wLk
Lisa Hannigan: https://youtu.be/UwaBoX97PbQ
Amy Winehouse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1xFsoRYrds
Theatr Mwldan is an independent Arts Centre and cinema based in Cardigan. The venue is open 363 days a year offering a multi-artform live programme and screens around 3000 films and live broadcasts annually. A major producing venue, Mwldan is behind collaborations such as Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, and also produces the Cardigan Castle Summer Events in partnership with Cardigan Castle. In 2017 Mwldan started the record label bendigedig in partnership with ARC music productions, operating a 360-degree model of artist management, agenting, producing, releasing, PR and marketing. A not-for-profit registered charity and social enterprise, the organisation has an annual turnover of £1.6 million and employs a staff team of 24.
Triongl is a TV and Film production company established in 2017 by Nora Ostler and Alec Spiteri and joined by Gethin Scourfield in 2018. All three are experienced producers with a track record of producing high quality, award-winning content. They will be documenting ‘Other Voices/Lleisiau Eraill’ for Gŵyl 2021 on the BBC and an hour special edition for later broadcast on S4C.
Other Voices Cardigan is made possible with funding support from Welsh Government, S4C, the Department of Tourism, Sport, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and National Museum Cardiff.