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Elbow among Other Voices Ballina acts

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ON THE LINE-UP Elbow are among the acts that will perform in St Michael’s Church during the upcoming Other Voices Festival in Ballina.

Ciara Moynihan

Just last week, it was announced that the renowned Other Voices Festival would be returning to Ballina on Friday and Saturday, February 28 and 29 – and news of the acts to perform is already starting to filter out. The festival will see the 225-year-old walls of St Michael’s Church in the heart of the town reverberate with the sound of top Irish and International artists, while being recorded for TV in front of a live audience.
Other Voices Ballina will give music lovers the chance to witness some unforgettable performances from stellar artists in an intimate setting with stunning acoustics. The essence of Other Voices is all about stripping the experience back to the musician and the audience to create an amazing atmosphere for performer and listener alike.  
While more acts are set to be announced over the coming weeks, the line-up will include the anthemic Elbow, the formidable four-piece Skinny Living, spoken-word artist Denise Chaila and from California, the talented singer-songwriter and guitarist Jesca Hoop.
Over three decades, Elbow have released seven studio albums, won a long list of awards and earned a place in the roll-call of great British bands. Having always had a fierce legion of Irish fans, this is sure to be a very special show.   
Skinny Living have a reputation as a formidable live band, with the hard-grafting four-piece anchored by passionate vocals from singer Ryan Johnston. Their singles, which have reached millions of streams online, include ‘Why’, ‘Fade’  and ‘Let Me In’.
Denise Chaila is a rapper, singer and poet hailing from Zambia and based in Limerick. Her music blends spoken word and rap to give voice to her remarkable personal story. Her debut EP ‘Dual Citizenship’, with its stirring spoken-word piece on identity and heritage, brought her artistic talents into clear focus. Chaila is an electric and charismatic performer who has captured audiences at her live shows.
American folk singer Jesca Hoop is one of the most interesting voices and storytellers of her generation. Her latest album, ‘Stonechild’, has been hailed by lovers of songcraft, and with five albums under her belt and numerous collaborations with the likes of Iron and Wine, Mark Knopfler and her early mentor Tom Waits, she is an exceptional talent.
Tickets for the intimate TV recordings at St Michael’s Church cannot be purchased and will be only be available through competitions in national and local radio and online, as well as here at The Mayo News (see competition details below). While tickets for the Other Voices TV recordings might be hard to get a hold of, Other Voices Ballina festival-goers won’t miss a beat from the church, as the concerts will be live streamed throughout the town at multiple locations throughout Ballina. With huge screens, high-definition audio-visual and close proximity to a freshly poured pint, these screening venues are set to be a massive hit – just as they were back in 2018, when Other Voices first rolled into Ballina.  
The festival solely based at St Michael’s Church, however. The Other Voices Ballina Music Trail will see over 30 free gigs take place in various venues around Ballina over the weekend. The trail will feature an exciting and diverse line-up of performers, musicians, DJs and bands, promising to raise the roofs of local pubs and other trail venues.
Ireland’s Edge, the multi-disciplinary creative event series, also returns to Ballina to the Jackie Clarke Museum on Saturday, February 29. The event will bring together a compelling range of voices spanning diverse disciplines and sectors. Activists, entrepreneurs, innovators, thinkers, writers and artists will consider some of the existential questions facing Ireland. (Contributor line-up and ticket information to be announced shortly.)

To enter the Mayo News competition to win free tickets to the intimate TV recordings at St Michael’s Church, click here