I’m delighted to be able to devote an episode of The London Ear to Pride and all things LGBTQ+ on today’s show.
Pride is a little different this year as we can’t have parades and wave our flags but it’s still really important, even virtually, to remember why we have a Pride parade. It started as a protest march for equality for all LGBTQ+ people and it’s really important that we don’t forget that. Now, more than ever and no one is excluded.
It’s great that I got to play an array of artists, International and Irish. This week’s #FromTheVault track was one I’m guessing hasn’t been played on Irish radio before, but is in my music vault as a great. It comes from a UK based act called Infamy, which basically featured George Michael, his cousin Andros and also Pepsi, of Pepsi and Shirlie, on vocals. I’m playing the Forthright mix of Infamy’s cover of Dead or Alive’s ‘You Spin Me Round’. Not sure you can get much more LGBTQ.
Conversation with Dyvr
I was truly honoured to chat to Dyvr for this week’s show. At first, the chat was going to be just about his new single. ‘Ocean’ with St. Bishop. But, the London born, Belfast based musician is more than a musician. He’s an activist, also working to provide LGBTQ+ musicians and artists with safe spaces.
He’s also launched a range of ‘Quearrings by Dyvr’ and also runs a Queer storytime on Instagram every Saturday, where people talk about their lives and stories.
1. Scissor Sisters: Let’s Have a Kiki
2. Pillow Queens: Handsome Wife
3. The Late David Turpin: Fur
4. Ailbhe Reddy: Time Difference
5. Chat with DYVR
6. Diana Ross: I’m Coming Out
7. Chat with DYVR
8. DYVR feat St Bishop: Ocean
9. Zapho & Tolu Makay ft Jenny Browne: Collide
10. Infamy (George Michael): You Spin Me Round
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