Kicking off Pride month, I have two fantastic guests on this week’s episode of The London Ear who are both valued members of the LGBTQ community. Both Mark T Cox and Apollo Munroe are legends and absolutely brilliant in bringing visibility to the community.
Interview: Mark T Cox
Mark T Cox is a gem, no other way of putting it. He’s an Irish Cabaret performer based here in London and has a show in the Sugar Club in Dublin on June 24th cooly titled ‘ Mark T Cox – Friday Night Pride’.
We chat about the art of cabaret as well as Mark’s other life in London, as a Walking Tour Guide. Calling Mark a Tour Guide kinda underestimates what he actually does. I was recently on his LGBTQ Walking Tour of London’s Soho was it was more than just a tour. Mark is an architect so his passion for the buildings and their change of use is always very apparent. He’s extremely knowledgeable and has a really lovely manner which will instantly make him one of your favourite people.
I’ve only crossed paths with Mark in the past year, but he’s genuinely lovely and a very valued member of both the LGBTQ and Irish communities here in London.
Apollo Munroe is the pop star we all need right now. Hyper pop with a big dollop of neon is what we all need right now in this dreary world. Really enjoyed the chat and learning more about the LGBTQ music scene in Ireland right now.
Apollo has a new single out ‘Sweet Tooth’ and a very cute video to match in which he outs himself at the end. Damn, did I just ruin the ending?
You can find out more about Apollo Munroe on Insta and listen on that there Spotify.
From The Vault: Phil Lynott – Yellow Pearl
This week’s Irish track From The Vault comes from the legendary Phil Lynott. Many of us will remember ‘Yellow Pearl’ track as the theme tune to Top Of The Pops in the 1980s. I knew this track as it was on the compilation album, ‘Chart Hits ’82’, as well as being the soundtrack to music’s most important TV show.
‘Yellow Pearl’ also appeared on the 1980 album by Phil Lynott, ‘Solo in Soho’ but there were a couple of remixes for 7 inch versions.
I still love the track.
Sound of The Underground: Keaton Rich
I’m seriously impressed by the new single from Keaton Rich. Sound of The Underground is the segment of the show where I introduce you to a London-based artist who you may be unaware of. Keaton Rich certainly deserved your attention. He’s a musician and photographer and a very talented guy.
Keaton has made some really good videos on Instagram, introducing you to his world and where he has come from. I thoroughly encourage you to check them out. I’ve included the first one here – go look up the others!
Here’s what happened on this week’s episode of The London Ear.
The Swedish Railway Orchestra: Fallen Devil
Ríona Sally Hartman, Alasdair C Whyte, Ross Whyte, Cian Mac Cárthaigh: Mar is Miann Leam
Tadhg Daly & Etaoin: Not Over You
Chat with Mark T Cox Part 1
Jennifer Paige: Crush
Irish Track From The Vault: Phil Lynnot: Yellow Pearl
A Boy in Cords: Stupid Like That
jackLNDN: Bad Decisions
Diana Ross & Tame Impala: Turn up The Sunshine
Zoid & Meljoann: Spacemission
Sound of The Underground: Keaton Rich
Tadhg Daly & Etaoinn: Not Over You
Chat with Apollo Munroe:
Apollo Munroe: Soda Pop
Chat with Apollo Munroe Part 2
Apollo Munroe: Sweet Tooth
Yune Pinku: DC Rot
Daithi + Ailbhe Reddy: Sunset
Phoeno: Kelly Brook
Keeley: Shadow On The Hill
The Burma: Sleepers
Minnie Ripperton: Les Fleurs
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