2012 Spirit of Voice Festival Line up Announced Thursday 20 September

The Line up for the 2012 Spirit of Voice festival has been announced presenting a various selection of music acts and spoken word artists. This year’s event will take place at the newly refurbished venue An Taibhdhearc, Middle Street Galway from 9th until 11th November.

The exciting schedule features a show rom Actor, Storyteller, Little John Nee, who is enjoying a most prolific year and for the festival he will perform a selection of new work including an exclusive extract from a radio commission “Wee Black Bees and a hornets’ nest of notions” from 8pm on Sunday 11 November. Supporting acts include songwriter Miriam Donohue whose music is instantly engaging and very genuine. It stands out effortlessly and her songs are very sweet and uplifting. Multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer and songwriter Tom Portman will showcase a global music repertoire collection of songs and traditional Irish tunes.

On the afternoon of Saturday 10th November, Three different vocal workshops take place. Dublin Based Vocalist Musician Laura Sheeran will host a 1 hour class exploring how to manipulate vocal sounds using filters and oscillators, plus explaining the potential for using the Moog itself as a filter for other instruments.
Cork Hip Hoppers Brosy, D’beats & Mickey Gatch will show you the skills and tips of “how to instantly rap” and Mallika McCarthy will teach how the Connected Voice is Intention, Expression and Song. In this workshop you will be taking sound out of the box, playing with reflective improvisation, expression and emotional colour and every Voice is welcome to bring a song and learn how to sing a’cappella.

Into the evening of Saturday 10th be prepared to shake rattle and roll with a lively line up of acts. Nanu Nanu will headline the night’s entertainment after receiving excellent press reviews from their recent European festival tour. Nanu Nanu are an Alien-Pop duo. Members Mirrorman and Glitterface use analog and modular synthesizers teamed with a strong foundation of heavy beats and lush, otherworldly vocal processing to create their exciting and unique ‘Alien-Pop’ sound. “Specialising in a particularly flashy brand of avant garde electronica, Nanu Nanu employ echoey vocal effects and a whole lot of otherworldly hoots and clicks to create their beautifully freakish sounds.
The festivals vocal theme continues with songwriter Orlagh De Bhaldraithe, musical director with Macnas, composing her original soundtracks for live outdoor spectacle shows. As a songwriter she released her first solo recording in 2001.
Cork Rap Trio , The Good Vibe Society will bring their brand new hip hop sound to life for the first visit to Galway following the success of their debut single, “Have A Good Weekend” and leading Actresses Helen Gregg and Debbie Wright from Macnas Theater Company will keep the entertainment upbeat introducing the acts as lyrical MC Duo Team.

The festival opens its doors at 8.30pm on Friday 9th November with a selection of bands and soloists from the west of Ireland. The Wildflowers, a stunning trio with their splendid vocals, weave a beguiling tapestry of harmonies and beautifully crafted arrangements of folk song. Wildflowers are Noriana Kennedy, who represents the new generation of Irish folk singers. Noelie McDonnell from Tuam, Described by the New York Post as ‘a startlingly good new Irish talent’, and Nicola Joyce who is known as the lead singer from award-winning Irish group Gráda.
Fia Rua is a unique artist who dwells in the singer/songwriter and folk genre’s. The music is upbeat folk, percussive chant and moody atmospheric, held together with a voice of power and warmth. He released two acclaimed albums “Feeding The Hunger” and “Falling Time” Fia Rua will launch a new E.P “Drops” as part of the Festival.
Peneleapai is singer songwriter from the post-Rock, soul roots, eco-warrior provinces, having grown up first in the colourful noisy ambience of New York City She is a devoted singer, dancer, and fiddler competing annually for county Clare at the Fleadh Cheoil .This emerald-tinged backdrop is part of her soundscape, where her own tastes verged from hardcorepunk heavymetal to classical and world music.
Opening the festival Orlaith Ni Mheachair from Connemara who has been sean nos singing since 6 years of age, has won numerous certificates and top prizes in Com Cuimhneachain Pheatsai Ui Cheannbhain Faoi 13 and also took part in Feile Joe Einniu Carna in 2005. Her vocal strengths and singing skills have developed under the guidance of traditional singer and teacher Nan Tom Teaimin.

So we look forward to November in Galway City to celebrate this exciting and unique cultural event which is now in its ninth year and continues to grow in popularity.
Tickets for all concerts and workshops reasonably priced at €10 in advance and will be made available at http://www.spiritofvoice.com. Charlie Byrne’s bookshop and An Taibhdhearc. Tel 0863367129 for further details

The Festival is supported by the Arts Council, Galway City Arts, Galway City Development board, Charlie Byrnes bookshop Radisson Blu Hotel, Kinlay Hostel, Harbour Hotel, Jurys Hotel, ClareGalway Hotel , Vina Mara, Cava Restaurant, Neat3 Design, iSupply print, DekTek Audio, Bizzy Lizzy. Props & Vintage and thanks to Galway Volunteer Centre.

Further information on the Spirit of Voice festival visit http://www.spiritofvoice.com


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