Other Voices Cardigan has revealed the next three headline acts to perform in St Mary’s Church at this year’s festival from October 26-28.
Mercury nominees Yard Act, King Creosote and Colm Mac Con Iomaire will join Adwaith, Cerys Hafana, Sans Soucis and Susan O’Neill in the church line-up on Friday and Saturday, with the performances also streamed live online via Other Voices YouTube.
The festival is thrilled to welcome one of the most essential British bands of the moment, Mercury Prize nominees Yard Act from Leeds, whose superb debut album, ‘The Overload’, hit No. 2 in the UK Albums Chart last year.
Dublin’s Colm Mac Con Lomaire is a skilled composer, multi-instrumentalist and violinist whose works have been featured on film scores, TV shows such as ‘Blue Planet’ and award-winning animation shorts.
Colm draws inspiration from the countryside of his home in Wexford and is a founding member of Kila and The Frames.
Since the mid-late 1990s, Kenny Anderson’s DIY pop alter-ego King Creosote has released more than 100 records and his songs have been covered and performed by artists including Simple Minds and Patti Smith. Cardigan audiences will be treated to tracks from Anderson’s latest King Creosote album ‘I DES’.
The final Other Voices Cardigan Music Trail line-up has also been announced, with 80 performances taking place across the three days at venues in the town, featuring 40 hand-picked artists from Wales and Ireland.
With an extraordinary mix of talent ,across hip-hop, folk, rock, RnB, punk, electronica, grime, soul and everything in between, the final 19 artists are:
Alffa, Autumns, Cáit Ní Riain, Catrin Finch and Aoife Ní Bhriain, Ceitidh Mac, Dionne Bennett, Edie Bens, Gallops, Gráinne Hunt, Lowri Evans, Malaki, Mari Mathias, MissFaithee, Natasha Watts, Simon Whitehead, Sywel Nyw, Teddy Hunter, THUMPER and TRAMP.
Formed by the talented duo of Dion Jones (guitar) and Siôn Land (drums), Alffa is a Welsh rock sensation known for their electrifying live performances and raw energy. TRAMP are a constantly evolving alt-indie rock band, based in Donegal, Derry and Tyrone in the North West of Ireland, who cite Tool, Dander, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sinead O’Connor and CMAT amongst their influences.
From Wrexham, Gallops are an alternative instrumental trio presenting a mixed bag of sound and noise consisting of harsh electronic, sparse post-rock, jagged guitars and raucous percussion.
It’s a big weekend for Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Dublin’s Aoife Ní Bhriain, who met through Other Voices in lockdown and now celebrate the launch of their Irish-Welsh lovechild debut album ‘Double You’ on October 27.
One of Ireland’s most prolific young talents, Malaki burst onto the scene in 2019 with the powerful spoken-word epic ‘Call Us By Our Names’ and the Dubliner has been steadily carving out his place in hip-hop ever since.
With a line-up of two drummers and four guitarists, THUMPER’s maximalist wall of sound has long since set them apart in the booming Dublin music scene and has them “punching like heavyweights alongside Fontaines DC and The Murder Capital”, according to Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6.
Back to Wales, R&B singer-songwriter MissFaithee creates soulful music based on personal experiences. Sywel Nyw is the brainchild of musician, multi-instrumentalist, and electronic producer Lewys Wyn, whose recent release ‘Deuddeg’ featured an enviable list of Welsh artists.
He has produced music for Dionne Bennett, a Welsh-Jamaican vocalist whose Afro/Caribbean cultural influences are woven into her vocals and who also features on this year’s trail.
Teddy Hunter, a Cardiff-based musician and songwriter, works in alternative music and immersive audio, her music taking its root in sonic arts, the environment and gentle, immersive ambience.
Mari Mathias conjours a mystical creativity inspired by the folk tales and traditional songs of West Wales and Pembrokeshire. Her debut album ‘Annwn’ is described as an alternative folk sound.
A Welsh-born Tynesider, Ceitidh Mac is an alt.folk cellist/singer with a progressive twist to her music – indie-folk infused with a smoky style, lo-fi studio sound and a contemporary electronic edge – and a BBC Introducing tip for 2022.
Swansea-born Edie Bens blends folk and country influences with the momentum of grand pop hits and the honesty and twists of singer-songwriters.
Gráinne Hunt is a contemporary folk singer and songwriter raised in Monaghan and based in Kildare, Ireland. With consistently on-point, captivating vocals and well-honed, insightful songs, Gráinne has been described by Declan O’Rourke as ‘a natural performer, with an astounding voice that will melt your heart.’
Kerry native, trad singer and musician Cáit Ní Riain brings potent songs for healing heads and hearts and Autumns is the solo project of Derry’s Christian Donaghey, an outlet for electronic post-punk with a lethal pulse.
Completing this year’s line-up from closer to home are Llangrannog-based Natasha Watts, a leading light in the international soul and funk scene, Abercych artist Simon Whitehead, who brings his watery experimental sound installation ‘Dulais’ to Cardigan gallery Canfas, and Pembrokeshire folk/Americana singer-songwriter Lowri Evans who joins the music trail for the first time.
They join the previously announced artists from Wales, Angharad, Climbing Trees, Dead Method, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, HMS Morris, Mace The Great, Mali Hâf, MELLT, Minas, Samana, Tara Bandito, and, from Ireland, amy michelle, Chalk, Fia Moon, Joshua Burnside, Lemoncello, Les SalAmandas, Mount Palomar, Scustin, Seba Safe and Uly.
The festival will be hosted by Welsh TV and radio presenter Huw Stephens and presented in partnership between South Wind Blows, Mwldan and Triongl.
Sitting alongside the live music programme, the Clebran discussions and performances at Mwldan will bring together broad and compelling voices to consider the flowing tides of past, present and future.
First Minister Mark Drakeford joins the event alongside poets, musicians, journalists, playwrights, activists, authors and historians.
Early booking weekend wristbands, giving access to the festival events, are available now priced at £25, rising to £35 on October 1.
Full details on line up and tickets are available at Othervoices.ie
Other Voices Cardigan is produced by South Wind Blows in partnership with Mwldan and Triongl and made possible thanks to support and investment from Welsh Government and The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.