Posted in music | pictures on October 28, 2011

photos by Toby Tenenbaum, words by Rachel Kowal

Glen Hansard, Sharon Van Etten, a Dessner
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Fighting Words

Other Voices, an annual musical festival held in Dingle, Ireland, may not be nearly as old as the town's pubs, but it has already become a rich, meaningful tradition since its inception in 2002. Though typically held in a tiny church, Other Voices jumped across the Atlantic and landed in Le Poisson Rouge for a couple of nights this week with the help of Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Glen Hansard, and others--and it's all for a good cause! (All proceeds of the shows go to benefit Fighting Words, a writing center for children and youth in Dingle.)

"We don't know where we're going, we don't know where we'll be when we get there, and when we get back we probably won't know where we've been, so join us on this journey this evening," said Irish actor/writer Gabriel Byrne effectively introducing the event's pleasantly discursive nature. What unfolded over the course of the next three-and-a-half hours was a hearty round of poetry, prose, and music, much in the spirit of Doveman's monthly series, the Burgundy Stain Sessions.

Artist after artist shuffled onto the stage. Highlights included Glen Hansard's beautiful stories and songs, a newer piece by Thomas Bartlett (appropriately about the rain), a song or two from the talented folk singer Sam Amidon, a beautiful brand new piece written just yesterday by Bryce and Aaron Dessner that was inspired by the streets of Dingle, a couple of traditional songs by renowned Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, Joseph O'Connor's reading of an ode that creatively highlighted many of New York's music legends, and a surprise performance by Sharon Van Etten (and her sister Heather). The guests just kept coming. Bell X1 (who played a Smiths cover), Martha Wainwright, Jape, The Lost Brothers, Justin Vivian Bond, Nico Muhly; and from the Irish literary scene: Philip King, Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann, and Paul Muldoon. An unrecognizably shaggy Damien Rice even made a surprise appearance to play a couple of beautiful, completely unplugged and unaccompanied songs on his acoustic guitar.

The camaraderie in the air was thick. Though each artist had a chance to be in the spotlight, its loose structure allowed for one-of-a-kind impromptu collaborations. After a week of running around to catch ridiculously brief sets, often with compromised sound, it was a nice change to remain still and embrace a long, calming set as talent after talent humbly took to the stage. If you go tonight, just make sure to wear comfy shoes or arrive early to snag one of the few seats.

More pictures from the night below...

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Gabriel Byrne

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Philip King

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Sam Amidon

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Colum Mccann

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Bell X1

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Martin Hayes

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Paul Muldoon

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Jape

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Doveman

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Martha Wainwright

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Glen Hansard

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Roddy Doyle

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Aaron & Bryce Dessner

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Sharon Van Etten

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Sharon Van Etten & Heather Woods Broderick

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Joe O'Connor

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Comments (17)

Heather?

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2011 4:37 PM

Damien Rice is goin for that Bon Iver look HARD.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2011 5:14 PM

jesus Sharon is fucking beautiful!
did not know she had a sister?

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2011 6:11 PM

Snoozefest Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2011 6:56 PM

Fuck. How did I not know about this!

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2011 7:33 PM

Snoozerino.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2011 3:26 AM

Niggas need the BRAUN CRUZER.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2011 3:27 AM

BRAWUN KREWZUR

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2011 3:27 AM

Who was the skinny black guy who rapped on stage using the guitar as as bongo drums?

Posted by Roman | October 29, 2011 8:51 AM

^ Matthew McConaughey?

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2011 11:29 AM

GREAT show, MEH photos, BV kinda does a disservice to great music with its amateur-hour talent pool.

Posted by Anonymous | October 29, 2011 4:17 PM

"Skinny black guy" was K'Naan with Glen using guitar as bongo drums.

Posted by Rich | October 29, 2011 10:43 PM

Thank you Rich! - Now does anyone know the name of the poem which was about an Irish boy who spoke of Patti Smith, CBGBs, Delancey..etc

Posted by roman | October 30, 2011 11:33 AM

Sharon is gorgeous and talented!

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2011 8:31 PM

Doveman did a pretty good job of being me.

http://doveman.bandcamp.com/album/footloose

Posted by Kevin Bacon | October 31, 2011 4:16 PM

Guys, do you really think that Heather Woods Broderick is Sharon Van Etten's sister???

Come on!

Posted by Anonymous | November 1, 2011 2:22 PM

I miss out on all the fun

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 7:32 PM

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