Inspirefest 2017

Philip King

Founder, Other Voices

Philip King is a curator and producer of bespoke cultural events, film director, writer, musician, broadcaster, commentator and contributor to national and international forums on the role of culture in a world where we are more connected and more isolated than ever before – thus his deep interest in the collision of technology and the arts.

In 1987, with writer and director Nuala O’Connor, he produced the groundbreaking and Emmy award-winning series Bringing It All Back Home for BBC. A story of Irish music and America, it depicted the extraordinary odyssey from kitchen to dancehall, from concert platform to international rock stadium, featuring performances from Bono, The Everly Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello.

Since 1991, King has directed and produced numerous series, documentaries and events exploring Irish music and its international influence. In 1998, he directed The Joshua Tree, a Classic Albums documentary on the making of U2’s album of the same name. He produced and directed Keeping Time: The Poet and The Piper with Seamus Heaney and Liam O’Flynn, and co-curated the Gala Celebration of Irish and American Music and Dance at The Kennedy Center.

Other Voices – Songs From a Room was conceived and created by King in 2002. Hosted by Aidan Gillen (The Wire and Game of Thrones), the series has been through 13 iterations and has captured remarkable performances from Amy Winehouse, The National, Elbow, Ellie Goulding, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Jarvis Cocker, Snow Patrol, Ryan Adams, Florence and the Machine, Marina and the Diamonds, Laura Marling, Hozier, Laura Mvula and many, many more. In 2011, Other Voices travelled to New York City to the heart of the East Village for what the The New York Times called Two Sides of the Atlantic Meet in New York City. It has since travelled to London and Austin, Texas, and features at festivals such as Electric Picnic.