Listen again: 21st May 2013

Bourgeois & Maurice

Bourgeois & Maurice
Photo: Kamil Kustosz

Amy Lamé sits in for Rosie and brings a lovely bunch of guests:

Journalist Beth Williams and DJ and club promoter Baylen Leonard talk about the appeal of country music to the LGBT community and its increasing popularity in the UK. They chat about icons such as Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline, their relationship to their gay audiences and coming out. Beth’s feature about country music is in the latest edition of Diva and Baylen recommends events that celebrate this music: There is Rednecks, which he hosts Sundays at the Manbar in Soho, and Stark Dallas Reloaded in Hackney from 12th to 15th June.

Founding editor of GayStarNews Tris Reid-Smith keeps us up to date with this week’s top LGBT news stories. There is the equal marriage bill, which is now one step further (Hooray!). Unfortunately there is also still homophobia related crime in London and New York City and Tris and Amy discuss how important it is to report it. Finally there was fun at the Eurovision with a kiss not to be missed.

The cabaret duo Bourgeois & Maurice chat about their new show at London Wonderground on 31st May and their new album “The Third”. They tell us their fantastic story about how Bourgeois & Maurice came into being and the reason why their songs became more political. The duo further reveals an intriguing element of their performance: their undefined relationship with one another on stage as the audience always seems to have the need to figure out what it is. Brother and sister? Husband and wife? Father and daughter? It always gives their show an interesting twist.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:

1) Loretta Lynn: ‘The Pill’ from the album “Back to the Country”

2) Chely Wright: ‘Single White Female’ from the album “Single White Female”

3) Bourgeois & Maurice: ‘Goodbye Europe’ from the album “The Third”

4) Bourgeois & Maurice: ‘Tolerance’ from the album “The Third”

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