The Spirit of Voice festival returns next week
The Spirit of Voice festival returns next week from 9th – 11th November in the newly refurbished An Taibhdhearc Theatre, with an irresistible line up of vocal concerts and workshop classes. On Saturday 10th, Laura Sheeran and Marc Aubele perform in concert as Nanu Nanu to deliver their powerful alien pop on tour. Together they specialise in avant garde electronica and design vocal effects to create their magical sound. AKA Mirrorman and Glitterface they facilitate a modern analogue synthesized foundation of heavy beats and lush chords. They will also take a workshop on saturday afternoon demonstrating their unique sound. On Sunday 11th expect surprises from songster storyteller Little John Nee who will be accompanied by some very special guests to enhance his original spoken word fashion. The festival has promised not to announce their visit prior to the show. Shall we say It will be another memorable show.
On Friday 9th, three of Ireland’s finest singer songwriters will represent the new generation of Irish folk singers. Noriana Kennedy, Noelie McDonnell and Nicola Joyce join musical forces to bring you an opportunity to hear their new group ‘Wildflowers’. Taste a wide range of ballads, traditional and originals, creating a style that is truly their own.Other groups taking part in the festival include: The Good Vibe Society original Hip Hoppers from Cork; they’ll also teach you how to instantly rap during their workshop on Saturday afternoon. Eoghan Burke and Chinese singer Fanging Chen showcase voices of power and warmth as upbeat percussive folk group Fia Rua. World music is American Chinese singer Peneleapai whose vocal range incorporates Trad to Metal! Orlaith Ni Mheachair represents the sweet Sean Nos voice of Connemara. Macnas musical director Orlagh De Bhaldraithe, brings you passion and poetry from the heart. Miriam Donohue and Mike Chang blend the guitar, fiddle and voice to create a sound both sweet and uplifting. Composer and songwriter Tom Portman will showcase a distinct and brilliant global music repertoire. Actresses Helen Gregg and Debbie Wright are MC duo for the occasion and Mallika McCarthy leads a workshop in connecting the voice.
Acclaimed visual photographer Vanessa Jordan’s exhibition will present a powerful collection of shots uniquely capturing the spirit and atmosphere of the live performance. “Instrumental” is a marriage of sound and vision and will be free to view throughout the festival. All this and more takes place at the refurbished An Taibhdhearc theatre; with its comfortable surroundings and beautiful acoustics be prepared for a fantastic feast of musical treats!Advance Tickets for concerts and workshops are available at Charlie Byrne’s bookshop and An Taibhdhearc. Tel 091 562024 / 561766 or online at www.spiritofvoice.com
The festival is now in its 9th year and is supported by the Arts Council, Galway City Council, Charlie Byrnes bookshop, Hotels Radisson Blu ,Harbour, Jurys, ClareGalway , Menlo Park and Kinlay Hostel; Restaurants Vina Mara, Cava, Milano Lohans , Galway Water, iSupply print and DekTek Audio.