November has arrived in County Kerry and winter is settling in. The days are getting shorter and the nights are longer. There is a distinct nip in the air, but the healthy Atlantic breeze keeps you fit and active, especially to enjoy What`s On In Kerry.
November / Samhain
Kenmare Choral Festival - Co Kerry
Around This Time But To Be Confirmed
Friday 25th - Sunday 27th November 2016
(Check Festival Site)
Kenmare Choral Festival is a national 3 day festival under the patronage of Dr. Geoffrey Spratt, (Director of Cork School of Music) which aspires to celebrate choral music at its best through competitions and performances and to stimulate greater appreciation and enjoyment of this art while showcasing all Kenmare has to offer.
On Friday evening, 27th November, Kenmare’s Christmas lights will be turned on to the sound of choirs serenading the Christmas Parade in a candlelight performance. This will be followed by a Gala Concert in Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine.
Saturday, 28th November is the main competition day with 4 competitions - church music, chamber choir, barbershop choir and large mixed choir. There will also be impromptu street concerts to entertain the throngs shopping for bargains in the local shops and at the Christmas Market as well as a sponsored walk around Kenmare’s Heritage town. Later, members of the various choirs will sing for their supper/dessert/coffee/wine in one of the many fine restaurants and bars or attend a concert at St. Patrick’s Church.
On Sunday, 29th December choirs will join worshippers and sing at various town church services. In the afternoon, the Christmas atmosphere will continue to draw the crowds at a concert by the Massed Choirs performing at Holy Cross Church.
Carnegie Arts Centre Kenmare Kerry
Other Voices: the secret Irish festival where rock's finest mix with fishermen will be back in its home town of Dingle. It will be around the last week-end in November and early December.
Please Check Other Voices site
Each year either at the end of November or early December “Unbelievable
Rock” play the Other Voices festival in Ireland - and you can watch the gig,
live and for free, on guardian.co.uk/music.
festival is now 12 years old, and has a history of attracting the some of the
biggest names in music. But what makes them want to play in a church in tiny
If you haven't heard of the Irish music festival Other Voices then you're not alone. Outside Ireland, the festival, based in Dingle, County Kerry remains something of a best-kept secret, yet within the music industry it's a crucial event to perform at.
The gigs, for instance, take place in a tiny 200-year-old church seating (at a squeeze) 80 people. The festival is also of the low-key kind, where world-famous stars such as Rufus Wainwright, Florence Welch and Jarvis Cocker, along with the Next Big Things, saunter along streets rubbing shoulders with fishermen as well as fans.
could use big words to describe it, for sure," says Richard Hawley (who
has performed there three times) of the Other Voices experience, "but
there's something about the festival that is beyond description. The organisers
don't make a great deal of money out of it, yet to do something that has value
and worth is marvellous."
At the heart of the Other Voices experience are a few crucial elements: the first is what Hawley would rightly claim is its intimacy. As Damien Rice, who performed there in 2002 and 2006, says: "Money doesn't make me happy; success doesn't make me happy. What makes it, for me, is walking on stage wanting to be there, starting a song and getting lost in it. Playing Other Voices felt honestly emotional and reminded me of the recording sessions I had for O. It was one of those nights where everything gelled. "
The second element is that it's an event where no PAs, minders or clipboard fascists hold any authority whatsoever. You can see stars drift into relaxation mode as they arrive at a town that doesn't seem to know the meaning of the word frantic.
It also helps that Dingle is a reminder of Ireland's charm. Tucked away in the extreme south-west of the country, the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) town has a population of around 2,000, which means it's small enough that everyone knows your business, but self-contained enough not to bother with anyone displaying airs or graces.
Not for nothing has the town been described (by National Geographic) as "the most beautiful place on Earth". But Dingle is also home to some of the oddest hostelries imaginable.
"I couldn't believe Foxy John's when I first saw it," recalls Hawley of the shop/bar. "I was so grateful that there was, finally, somewhere that I could buy light bulbs, rat poison and Guinness.
Dingle seems to be one of the last places that has kept a truly Irish generosity of spirit. For all the musicians that come here, it's like a hospital for the soul. It's a bit daft to say so much about something so simple. If you were here, you'd know."
The festival began as Other Voices: Songs From a Room. It gathered together in the town's St James's church a group of Irish musicians and singer-songwriters that had chosen to negotiate their own path through the minefield of the music industry.
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