Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Sisters of sound make it a night to remember

Other Voices, Sunday Night. The Glassworks, Derry

Bronagh Gallagher
Bronagh Gallagher
Beth Orton
Daughter's Elena Tonra

With a real buzz in the city, the final night of the Other Voices weekend-long musical festival ended on a high note.

Despite the unfortunate no-show from Two Door Cinema Club – due to singer Alex Trimble having an acute case of laryngitis – the Other Voices team pulled a very worthy replacement act out of the bag and the crowd were not left disappointed.

Newly-formed Derry band Little Bear, a laidback foursome with a fast growing fan base and rave reviews among the industry's top critics, were first to take to the stage.

With a fantastic live acoustic-indie vibe, the band were welcomed onstage to massive applause by their home crowd. Citing this as their best ever gig to date, the humble band expressed their appreciation at being chosen to perform and encouraged the audience to join in to the chorus of their single.

That Little Bear – voted Flavour of the Month by BBC Introducing – were selected to perform at such short notice in such a renowned event lends to them a certain amount of kudos.

Live streaming was interrupted and many fans who had not won tickets to the event were left disappointed.

Due to copyright restrictions the band Daughter could not be played live, and only the small select audience at the Glassworks – a former Presbyterian church – were able to sample the sounds of their debut CD.

Formed in 2010 by two college students, Elena Tonra and Igor Haefeli, they self-released two EPs in 2011 and were joined by Remi Aguilella making the trio, Daughter.

Their latest single, Smother, acquired huge radio support and was playlisted by Radio One, Five Music and XFM. They're hotly-tipped for the top on release of their CD in March.

With seven albums and a book already under his belt, Scottish folk singer and author James Yorkston brought a lively vibe and banter to the night.

A central member of the Fence Collective, Yorkston has worked with KT Tunstall, King Creosote and the Pictish Trail.

English singer/songwriter Beth Orton is best known for collaborations with the Chemical Brothers and William Orbit.

With six studio albums to date, Orton's unique blend of alternative folk and electronic sounds mixed with her very individual beautiful voice was a testament to the continuing high calibre of singing that makes Other Voices so special.

An amazing year for Other Voices and proof of the City of Culture gathering momentum.

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