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Laura Marling and Villagers join Other Voices - London edition

Laura Marling

Story by Jack Foley

LAURA Marling and Villagers have been added to the line-up for the first ever London edition of Dingle’s annual Other Voices event.

Taking place at Wilton’s Music Hall from April 5 to 7, 2013, the journey east comes after a very successful visit to Derry-Londonderry in February as part of the City of Culture celebrations.

As in Dingle and Derry all performances at Other Voices will be captured for broadcast on various media platforms worldwide and concerts will also be streamed to venues around Wilton’s and east London as well as back to the Barbican.

The line-up for Wilton’s Music Hall:

Laura Mvula (Friday, April 5)

Newcomer, classically trained singer-songwriter and 2013 BRITs Critics’ Choice Award nominee Laura Mvula released her highly anticipated debut album, Sing to the Moon, on March 4, 2013.

Laura Marling (Friday, April 5)

Brit and NME Award Winner, English singer-songwriter Laura Marling’s timeless music has been influenced by folk and pop music, which is reflected in her fourth studio album Once I Was An Eagle, which will be out this May.

Stornoway (Friday, April 5)

British indie folk band Stornoway released their critically acclaimed second album, Tales From Terra Firma (4AD), this week. Following up their Top 20 debut which saw them headline Somerset House, play Glastonbury Pyramid stage and win Xfms album of the year in 2011.

Dexys (Saturday, April 6)

Following on from their successful UK tour of their One Day I’m Going To Soar show last autumn, the band returns with material from their latest album and some Dexys favourites.

John Grant (Saturday, April 6)

The American singer/songwriter from Denver, Colorado and former lead vocalist with cult favorites The Czars presents material from his brand new album Pale Green Ghosts (Bella Union) which follows on from his critically acclaimed 2010 debut solo album Queen of Denmark.

Villagers (Saturday, April 6)

Acclaimed Irish band Villagers released their second album {Awayland} this January, the follow up to 2010’s Mercury nominated debut Becoming a Jackal which also saw its creator Conor J O’Brien being awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello. Conor will be making a special appearance at Wilton’s to perform an intimate set from {Awayland}.

Imelda May (Sunday, April 7)

Dublin born Imelda May returns to Other Voices with her unmistakeably cool but quirky 50s signature style and her jazz and rockabilly infused music.

SOAK (Sunday, April 7)

Young Irish singer-songwriter SOAK, aka 16-year-old Bridie Monds-Watson, has received widespread critical acclaim for her beautifully crafted songs of lyrical insight and haunting guitar. She has released 2 EPs: Trains and Sea Creatures and this will be her third visit to Other Voices.

Matthew E White (Sunday, April 7)

Matthew E White is an American songwriter, producer and arranger. Besides his solo work, White is also known as the leader of avant-garde jazz big band Fight the Big Bull and a former member of rock band The Great White Jenkins. White released his debut album as a leader, Big Inner, on Domino in January.

The Banter Salon at Other Voices

The Banter Salon at Other Voices, which made its debut in Dingle with great success last year and also featured in Derry in February, will travel to London in April.

Hosted by journalist and writer Jim Carroll, it features a wide range of contributions from writers, cultural commentators, artists and thinkers as well as performances from various musicians.

The Banter Salon will take place upstairs at the Zeppelin Shelter (40 Leman Street, London, Aldgate, E1 8EU) on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7. Doors open each day at 2.30pm and the sessions will run until 6pm. Admission is free, but capacity is limited so spaces will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Speakers and topics will include:

Karl Ove Knausgaard – the acclaimed Norwegian author of A Death in the Family and the soon to be published A Man in Love.

Caomhin O Raghallaigh – the Irish fiddle player currently to be found in The Gloaming, whose debut album is due for release in the coming months.

Ben Watt – the man from Buzzin’ Fly, Strange Feeling, Everything But the Girl and dozens of other projects, on doing things differently in the music industry and the renewed importance of artist development.

Photography – Eva Vermandel, Rich Gilligan and Linda Brownlee on the art of photography and the spark behind innovative and distinctive portraits.

Morley on Bowie – Paul Morley on David Bowie, longevity, pop careers, images, personas and the art of the cultural chameleon.

The campaigner – Maeve O’Rourke from the Justice for the Magdalenes campaign on civil liberties and human rights

Clandestino – journalist and author Peter Culshaw on his new book about the fascinating life and music of Manu Chao.

Music Tech – a panel curated by our friends at the CultureTECH festival in Derry featuring new-school music tech companies and players.

There will be performances at the Banter Salon from Shannon Saunders, Luke Sital-Singh and Olivia Chaney:

Shannon Saunders – Shannon is an 18-year-old songwriter from Swindon. She has been posting videos on Youtube since she was 14 years old and has accumulated over 3.3 million views and 22,000 subscribers on her channel. Her debut single Heart Of Blue reached number 48 on the iTunes chart with no promotion. The video, which cost £9 to make, received over 175,000 views on Youtube in its first month.

Luke Sital-Singhhttp://lukesitalsingh – Luke has just returned from a very successful trip to the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and he has been touring of late with Villagers and The Staves. His new EP Old Flint has just gone on release and he will be embarking on a headline tour of the UK in April.

Olivia Chaney – Olivia is a modern English folk singer who has just released a new EP, is performing as Joe Boyd’s special guest at the Legacy of Nick Drake event at Wilton’s Music Hall on April 2 and is about to embark on a spring tour with Alasdair Roberts.

More details on the Banter Salon here

Live Streaming Venues

As tickets to Wilton’s Music Hall are very limited, the concerts will be streamed online and to venues around Wilton’s and East London as well as back to the Barbican (from 8pm on Fri and Sat and 6.30pm on Sun) to enable a much wider audience to appreciate this very special event.

Confirmed streaming venues in April include:

Oliver Conquest (70 Leman Street, London E1 8EU)
The Zeppelin Shelter (40 Leman Street, London, Aldgate, E1 8EU)
The Princess Alice (40-42 Commercial Street, London E1 6LP)
Barbican Camera Café & Bar (Barbican Cinema, Beech Street, City, EC2Y 8DS)

In addition to this, events will be streamed live via the Other Voices Youtube channel, Barbican and Observer websites.