It’s been a strange week here in London. Wednesday saw people die in Westminster at the hands of a crazyed lunatic. When you hear about events like these on the news, it always seems to have a huge effect on a city. London took it on the chin and was determined not to let events like this dictate our lives.
Yesterday, I walked from St Thomas hospital and walked across Westminster Bridge to Westminster Tube Station. There were flowers laid at each lamp post. The tourists were back and traffic was flowing. There’s guy who plays AC DC on the bagpipes there normally. Yesterday, it was Amazing Grace.
Last weekend was St. Patrick’s Weekend. I had decided I’d go to the parade here in London last Sunday. I woke up to find I had completely slept through. I had a quick bite and headed to Trafalgar Square, only to find it was closed off. So I watched a few acts from beyond the barriers and decided to go home. It was freezing anyway.
Interview with Davy Flats
This week on the show, I chat with Davy Flats, a London based Galway drummer who has just released a new track called ‘Snowflakes’.
He recently caused a stir with ‘Snowflakes’, song about Brexit. Davy has received airplay from Steve Lamacq and been featured on Joe.ie and The Irish Post, which is like a local newspaper for Irish in the UK.
Interview with Peter M. Smith and Jimmy from Lax n Busto
I also had the opportunity to catch with Peter M. Smith. Originally from Dublin, Peter lives in Barcelona. He originally came to our attention on Pop Stars The Rivals and later as a member of Fix.
More recently, Peter worked with JD Kelleher on ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, released before the Marriage Equality referendum in 2015.
Peter is a busy man and has a number of musical projects on the go. He has teamed up with Catalan band, Lax’n’Busto. Jimmy from the band also joins Peter for our chat.
Peter is also involved with a project called Sonic Brother. We hear a track from that at the end of the show.
Peter has a few UK tour dates coming up supporting legendary Irish guitarist Bernie Tormé
Sat 1st April: South Shields, National Unionist Workers Club
Sun 2nd April: Glasgow, Nice n Sleazy
Mon 3rd April: Edinburgh, Bannermans
TheLondon Ear on RTÉ 2XM // Playlist March 25 2017
1. Liza Flume: Sheets (Elaine Mai Remix)
2. Chat with Davy Flats
3. Davy Flats: Snowflakes
4. Davy Flats: Avocado
5. Chat with Peter M Smith and Jimmy from Lax’n’Busto
6. Peter M Smith and Lax n Busto: Crazy World
7. Chat with Peter M Smith and Jimmy from Lax’n’Busto (Part 2)
8. Peter M Smith: Rockstar
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Watch the video for Davy Flat’s Snowflakes
Watch the video for Peter M Smith and Lax n Busto: Crazy World