Spirit of Voice Festival

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Country and Region IrelandGalway
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Galway City, Galway, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Contact: Ger Mulkerrins
Phone: (353) 091 635583, or (353) 086 3367129
Email: info@spiritofvoice.com

Festival Description

Spirit of Voice is a festival that features Singers, Poets and Storytellers. Taking place each year in venues throughout Galway Spirit of Voice features a number of local and national acts representing their cultural voice, continuing its established theme as a major Irish festival for solo singers and spoken word artists. Events over the weekend will include Concerts, Voice Workshops, Storytelling Events, Poetry Readings from worldwide performers such as Ronan O’Snodaigh (founder member of Kila), MFA Kera, Eric Eckhart and groups such as Under Construction, the Galway Gospel Choir and many more. The intimate venues chosen for the festival offer limited seating to ensure that the environment enhances the natural acoustic of the human voice.

Festival Dates November 11 - 13, 2011
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Festival Story:

Spirit of Voice began as a one-day event in 2004, hosted at St. Nicholas Church, Galway City. It featured 10 acts during its children's afternoon event and evenings entertainment of Choirs, Sean Nos singers, Poets, Rappers and Opera soloists. The event raised funds for Laryngectomy cancer society. It was an enjoyable project and encouraged the organizers to make this an annual voice event. In 2005, Spirit of Voice grew to a full weekend show in 4 different Galway venues and developed its intercultural theme highlighting international voices and cultural diversity. Headlined by Julie Feeney, whose career has since blossomed into world stardom. Other notable names include Aine Ni Dhroighneain, (TG4) and Jeanette Mokoena African Cliki singer. We filmed the entire event and produced a DVD, which supported the Cystic Fibrosis Association Ireland.

In 2006 Spirit of Voice grew into a five-day event, at 11 venues featuring 55 artists headlined by Sheila Chandra, (world music records), Shaz Oye, (singer/songwriter) and the Princeton Katzenjammers (oldest acapella group from USA), Orlaith ni Mheachair (12 year old sean nos) and Celtic rappers Sebi c and Mupeid, It received good national media attention, with both John Kelly (RTE lyric) and Derek Mooney (RTE 1) presenting interviews with artists involved. Hot Press magazine made the Shaz Oye concert its gig of the fortnight. Once again funds were raised for the Cystic Fibrosis association. The Festival is supported by Failte Ireland, and Galway Arts councils, HMV records and the Czech embassy


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