The Irish music series Other Voices celebrated its first decade with special performances at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge this past Thursday and Friday. Curated by Glen Hansard, Thomas Bartlett and Other Voices series editor Philip King, the concert was the first Other Voices event in America and featured performances ranging from traditional Irish fiddle tunes and poetry readings to rock and roll and spoken word. The two-day event featured a range of musicians, including Hansard, Bryce and Aaron Dessner (The National), Bell X1, Martha Wainwright, actor/director Gabriel Byrne, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle and Laurie Anderson.
Several surprise guests sat in as well, including Justin Bond, Sharon Van Etten, Trixie Whitley and Damien Rice. Highlights included Hansard’s cover of “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” Gabriel Byrne’s recounting of his early days as a struggling actor, Sam Amidon’s collaboration with Martha Wainwright on Kate McGarrigle’s “Talk To Me Of Mendicino” and the Dessner brothers’ haunting instrumental guitar segment, which included Sharon Van Etten sitting in on a new song.