David Gray will be performing in St. Michael's Church as part of Other Voices Ballina 2020. Photo: Derek Santini

Final Other Voices Ballina TV acts have been announced

The final acts for the Other Voices Ballina TV recordings have been announced.

David Gray, Jyellowl, Soda Blonde, JC Stewart and The Howl & The Hum announced for Other Voices Ballina 2020, taking place on February 28 and 29.

David Gray needs little introduction. The multi-platinum, multi-Brit Award and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter will perform in St. Michael’s Church to celebrate the 20th anniversary of White Ladder, which became the biggest selling album of all time in Ireland and one of the greatest word-of-mouth successes in music.

With Jamaican/Nigerian blood and an Irish upbringing, rapper Jyellowl has drawn on all three aspects of his background to create a sound and vision that sets him apart on the domestic scene. His subject matter explores the social and global problems that intrigue and disturb him. The year 2018 came to a riotous close for him with an Irish tour in support of R&B superstar Nelly and critical acclaim for his Me n Me 2 EP. This year is all go too as he paves the way for his debut album.

Soda Blonde is the new alt-pop musical venture of singer-songstress Faye O’Rourke, Adam O’Regan, Donagh Seaver O’Leary and Dylan Lynch, who all emerged from the ashes of internationally acclaimed band Little Green Cars. Lead by a distinctive new sound with influences from Fleetwood Mac, Bat For Lashes and Kate Bush whilst still keeping the unique charm that sky-rocketed Little Green Cars’ success, the result is enticing, dreamy alternative-pop.

An undeniable rising star, JC Stewart's song-writing focuses on stripping it back to sentiment and melody. Hailing from Co. Derry, JC has been dubbed as one of MTV’s ones to watch for 2020. Previous singles ‘Pick Up Your Phone’ and ‘Bones’ gained attention from BBC Radio 1 and 2FM. JC recently released his debut EP, The Wrong Ones, and has played shows with Lewis Capaldi, Lauv, Anne-Marie, Wild Youth and Freya Ridings, to name a few.

Finally, York-based four-piece The Howl & The Hum combine dark, hypnotic pop with post-punk influences, pierced with emotive lyrics. Following acclaimed sets at UK festivals such as Latitude and The Great Escape, they embarked on a debut tour of the Scottish Highlands. The band have released a series of new songs and Clash Magazine described their sound as 'expansive indie songwriting that nods towards Massive Attack or Portishead'.

Tickets for the St. Michael’s Church TV recording performances cannot be purchased and will be given away through competitions in national and local radio, press, online and to those who register for the Other Voices Music Trail. As is the long-standing tradition, the timetable for each night of the church concerts will only be announced the week of Other Voices Ballina.

With limited audience capacity for the TV recordings, festival folk won’t miss a thing as all performances from St. Michael’s Church will be live-streamed to the Music Trail venues throughout the town.

In partnership with Virgin Media, Other Voices Live Streaming allows music fans to sit back and enjoy all the happenings in St. Michael’s Church from a cosy spot in the pub in front of huge screens with high definition audio-visual and close proximity to all the action. Venues include The Loft, T. Breathnach’s, An Sean Sibin, An Bolg Bui, Harrison's, Paddy Mac's, Bar Square, An Tarbh 47, The Cot & Cobble, Vincy’s Bar, and Shambles.