Queer Songbook: Mixtape #1
Queer Songbook explores and celebrates the queer voice in songs from across the ages. An aviary of non-heteronormative guests have been invited to choose their dearest, queerest song – the song that spoke their truth, strummed their pain or lit a defiant flame in their youth. Stitched together into a coat of many colours by your hirsute hostess, Timberlina, each guest tells the story of their song before singing it live with the amazing Queer Songbook Band.
Timberlina, aka Tim Redfern, acclaimed hirsute hostess, bearded drag lady and Queer performance artist, programmed the first Queer Late at the V&A and has since got on to bring their refreshingly irreverent but informative Queer agenda to museums and other high class institutions across world as well as keeping it real hosting critically acclaimed weekly Big Bingo Show on Monday nights at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
Craig White (Band Leader/ Producer)
Craig has produced works for major festivals and venues, including Barbican, Brighton Festival, The Proms, Sydney Opera House and Hollywood Bowl. In 2007 and 2008 he was the musical programmer for Queer Up North (Manchester), producing a series of events featuring new and established queer musicians, including Cheery Ghost, We Have Band, Anat Ben David, No Bra and Karima Francis.
FULL LINE UP:
Jody Gadsden: Jody Gadsden is the lead singer of band Autoheart. With a sound rooted in 80’s chart synth pop and 90’s torch song balladeers, they’ve performed live on Radio 2 and clocked up hundreds of thousands of views of their song “Moscow”, a musical message of support to Russia’s LGBT community.
Dan Gillespie Sells: Dan Gillespie Sells is the frontman for the chart-topping, Novello Award winning rock group the Feeling. He also composed the music for the courageous and outrageous musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie”, currently running in the West End and soon to be a feature film.
Juno Dawson: Author, journalist, Queen of Teen, Juno is the multi award-winning author of seven novels for young adults and star of ITV’s “Transformation Street”. Juno is a regular contributor to news items on BBC radio, ITV News, This Morning and Newsnight and concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education. In 2014 Juno became a School Role Model for the charity Stonewall.
Jayne Snow: Jayne Snow is professional singer/songwriter and one of London’s busiest buskers, performing regularly in major London Stations such as Waterloo, London Bridge and London Victoria as part of the London Mayor ’s ’Busk In London’ scheme.
Roni Guetta: The only gay in the her Roman-Libyan village, Roni Guetta moved to the British seaside to purse her search of fellow freaks, dreamers, and perverts. As well as a singer, she is a fully time event producer, art lover, and community organiser in Brighton.
David McAlmont: World renowned singer songwriter, collaborator and all round super star!
Image: Craig White