We are delighted to announce the second round of headline acts for Other Voices Cardigan. Joining Gruff Rhys, Lankum, Celeste, Gwenno and Boy Azooga, our latest headliners Lucy Rose, 9bach, Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 will contribute to a series of atmospheric and intimate shows in St Mary’s Church on the 1st & 2nd of November.
These gigs will be simultaneously broadcast in venues throughout the town so all can share in the magic performances over the weekend. Other Voices Cardigan will be hosted by Huw Stephens and Kizzy Crawford and is produced in partnership between South Wind Blows, Theatr Mwldan and Triongl.
Lucy Rose’s career began in London, where instead of attending her planned place at University, she began collaborating with other musicians such as Jack Steadman, the frontman of Bombay Bicycle Club. Her candid, searching song writing has a sombre yet hopeful tone, buoyed by soft piano, gentle acoustic fingerpicking and subtly deployed strings and brass.
9Bach, widely credited with giving a new voice to Welsh song, create music which is an atmospheric, evocative, and emotional hybrid of the Welsh folk tradition, and of contemporary influences and working practices.
Carwyn Ellis is a Welsh singer-songwriter, composer, record producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist. He is known as the frontman of British alternative band Colorama, as a member of The Pretenders and as a long-time collaborator with Edwyn Collins. Working with some of Rio’s finest musicians, Rio 18, he’s made a vibrant, colourful, uplifting and positive album, and he’ll be taking that JOIA! spirit to Cardigan.
We can also reveal the 25 fantastic acts who will perform on the Other Voices Music Trail which explodes into life at venues across the town throughout the weekend of 1st and 2nd November. 25 brilliant hand-picked acts will give 45+ performances at 12 spaces across the Other Voices Cardigan weekend. Entrance to all of the Music Trail events is free (subject to capacity) once you have registered for your wristband (£5 registration fee applies).
Musical pilgrims will get to enjoy the off-kilter alternative-folk of Ronan Kealy aka Junior Brother, Derry politico-punk noise merchants TOUTS, electro producer Daithí whose traditional samples and analog synths create a unique type of house music soaked in Irish culture, Kildare hip-hop artist JyellowL, and a sonic armour of layered samples and textures from a mainstay of the Irish live scene, Dublin songwriter and producer Participant, aka Stephen Tiernan.
Welsh talent includes the soulful jazz tones of Bajan-Welsh Kizzy Crawford, Cardigan's new-wave-inspired veterans Ail Symudiad, haunting centuries-old ballads of the Clettwr valley reimagined by Ceredigion's Cynefin, and Aberystwyth's Ynys (Dylan Hughes, ex-Race Horses and Radio Luxembourg) will paint a rich collection of melancholic harmonies, over a cinematic soundtrack of 80's sequencers, 70's string machines, and fuzz guitars in a set filled with adventurous off-kilter psychedelia.
Cardiff 6-piece Breichiau Hir combine urgent aggression with melody, sitting somewhere between emo and punk, SYBS are a post-punk - slacker indie band from Cardiff, whilst London based AA Williams is tipped by Kerrang as ‘2019’s hottest, darkest new songstress’.
Half-Dutch, half-Welsh singer-songwriter Accü brings together her love of production and a turbulent approach to song-writing, and Kitt Philippa brings their luminous soulful grace with songs which are strangely urban, conveyed with digital sleight. Swaying from vulnerable to uncompromising within one verse and chorus, Pembrokeshire-born, London-based Bryde's music is honest and furiously authentic.
Singer, songwriter, composer and Climbing Trees frontman Matthew Frederick blends an early love of Billy Joel and Elton John with more recent influences including Ben Folds and John Grant. Reared on a diet of punk and grunge, Gwenifer Raymond’s brilliant musical detours into pre-wars blues, Appalachian folk music and the guitar players of the American Primitive genre have found favour both with old-west and equally left field/experimental audiences. TJ Roberts describes himself as a music person from South Wales. Signed to Libertino Records, he cites Tom Petty, Thee Oh Sees, Kurt Vile, George Harrison as his influences.
Derry-born ROE blazes a tail for young female artists everywhere with her unique brand of ‘Grumpy Electro Pop’, we’ll enjoy the soaring harmonies of brilliant singer-songwriter Maija Sofia from rural Co. Galway, and get revved up with highly energetic garage punk trio The Cosmics from Birmingham. Kidsmoke bring their shimmering brand of dreamy indie-pop from their native North Wales, whilst Thallo's intricately arranged songs tell captivating stories through shifting harmony with hints of Andy Shauf and Norah Jones.
Merthyr’s Eädyth brings her own bilingual brand of R&B-soul electronica, whilst Caernarfon bred SERA is a Welsh Americana artist, performing bilingually in her own unique style which embraces the landscape, history and folklore of her home which has seeped into her music.
Music Trail venues include Theatr Mwldan, Small Word Theatre, Pizza Tipi, Castle Pavilion, The Grosvenor, The Cellar Bar, The Tabernacl Chapel, Crwst, Canfas, Stiwdio 3, Bara Menyn and Quay Street Studios. The full schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
Wristband registration for Other Voices Cardigan 2019 is still open at othervoices.ie (£5 registration fee). All attendees who register in advance will have their names entered into draws to win tickets to St. Mary’s Church, Other Voices merchandise and much more. Wristbands can be collected at the Other Voices hub at Theatr Mwldan from 10am on 31st October.
Other Voices Cardigan is staged with the support and investment of Welsh Government and The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and is produced by South Wind Blows in partnership with Theatr Mwldan and Triongl. The event will be filmed by Triongl for later broadcast on S4C.
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