#Pantisocracy – Panti Bliss hosts a cabaret of conversations with, and about, contemporary Ireland broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 Tuesdays 10pm.
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A cabaret for the times we live in. Pantisocracy is a society of equals. Pantisocracy is an Athena Media Ltd production. The producer is Helen Shaw, the audio editor is Pearse Ó Caoimh and the digital editor is John Howard
Today just about everything in our daily lives, from banking to dating, from getting a pizza to watching porn, has shifted online, and often happens in our always on smart phone. So how is it changing us?
In this episode of Pantisocracy Panti Bliss is joined by the American-Syrian podcaster/philosopher Conner Habib, who gave up academia to become a gay porn actor, but who has now moved to Ireland to complete a PhD on things like fairy lore and ghosts. With them in the parlour is Dubliner Caroline West who has just finished her doctorate on sex, sexuality and porn and the award winner Galway based writer Lisa McInerney.
Lisa’s final chapter in her gritty, dark trilogy of novels, that started with ‘The Glorious Heresies’, is out next year. Making music with the conversation is singer-songwriter Leanne Harte, who now works in digital media. Leanne shares her story of coming out gay. Adding to the blissful and sexy gaiety of the house is Cian Kinsella, one half of the acrobatic comedy duo Lords of Strut who performs with Panti Bliss in the stage show RIOT.
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A conversation of sisterhood and three generations of feminism In this episode of Pantisocracy with host Panti Bliss.
Panti is joined by the acclaimed Galway poet Elaine Feeney, who is now working with the oral history project around the Tuam Babies story. With them in the parlour are two outstanding performers, Emma Garnett aka Fehdah, an afro-Irish singer who mixes her passion for music with astro-physics, and Nina Hynes, a Dubliner living in Berlin for over a decade now, who mixes her own music-making with teaching children to find joy in making sounds themselves.
Completing our quartet is writer and first wave Irish feminist Rosita Sweetman who challenged Ireland in the early seventies with her book about women, sexuality and the Catholic Church called ‘On Our Knees’ and who now combines her commitment to women’s rights with activism on the environment.
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In this episode of the ‘cabaret of conversations’ host Panti Bliss is joined by artists who have found freedom in their art and work and those who have a sense of understanding Maya Angelou’s meaning ‘I Know why the caged bird sings’. Meet visual artist Mary Duffy who is a thalidomide survivor and paints, and gardens, with her feet. Her work is beautiful, evocative and life-affirming, capturing the colours and the coastal landscape of where she lives. With her in studio is Steo Wall a man who has known the confines of a cage and has found his voice through music and song. They are joined by Afro-Irish singer and musician Caleb Kunle and traveller activist, advocate and academic Dr Sindy Joyce.
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What is belonging and when do we feel it?
In this episode of Pantisocracy Panti Bliss is talking nationality and identity. Is it nature or nurture, DNA or destiny? Guests with the Queen of Ireland are Erin Fornoff, an American in Dublin, Irish by choice, who has crafted her gift for razor sharp, spoken word here and the singer songwriter Declan O’Rourke who reaches into both national and family history to tell song stories drawn from the famine and migration.
Joining them in the parlour is Afro-Irish singer Tolu Makay, a new vocal talent emerging in Ireland and composer Síobhra Quinlan who uses music to help give voice to the new migrant communities, including refugees and asylum seekers living in Direction Provision.
There are performances by all four guests in this show with Erin Fornoff sharing her spoken word piece ‘HOME’ while Tolu Makay performs her song ‘Goodbye’, and Declan O’Rourke sings his autobiographical song ‘Stars Over Kinvara’. Síobhra Quinlan is joined by concert harpist Maebh McKenna and they perform a contemporary classical piece Quinlan wrote called ‘Flux’.
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The Irish are all over the world, ‘the diaspora’ as Mary Robinson named it, and often creating waves where ever they go. In this episode of Pantisocracy host Panti Bliss is inviting folk who have a foot in two places like acclaimed sean nós singer Iarla Ó Lionáird, of the group The Gloaming, who spends his life now between Princeton University, in the United States and his home and family in Inistioge, County Kilkenny. With him is comedy writer (8 out of 10 Cats) and actor Brona C. Titley, who has settled in London and fellow London exile, cabaret artist Xnthony aka Anthony Keigher whose stage shows are both funny and queer like the one he calls ‘Sodom & Begorrah’. Joining them is social justice activist Caoimhe Butterly who grew up in Ireland, Canada and Africa and who, through her on-going work with refugees, is back and forth from Dublin to Lebanon and Greece.
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So we Irish are not known for our openness about sex and sexuality so in this season of Pantisocracy we’re bringing a little spotlight to sex and the Irish or everything you ever wanted to know about sex and the Irish but were afraid to ask! In this episode of Pantisocracy host Panti Bliss is talking birds & bees, sex education and how we learn about sex and sexuality, consent and coercion, desire and intimacy.
As the child of a rural vet Panti got the basic biology lesson early on but everything else was a bit of a discovery. With her in the parlour is Taryn De Vere, who describes herself as a ‘joy-bringer’ and a ‘sex positive parent’ as well as sports commentator and psychotherapist Richie Sadlier, who co-runs consent classes with transition year schoolboys.
Joining them is Shawna Scott who runs Sex Siopa, a female friendly online sex shop, and Dr. Paul Ryan, who researches sex and the Irish, from the pages of agony aunt Angela McNamara in the 60s and 70s to sex workers and digital dating today. Performing in the parlour are Maria Walsh and Carole Nelson from the music duo Zrazy who became national treasures themselves when they wrote the legend ‘Ooh Aah Paul McGrath’.
A show that happily bring together drag, sex and sport.
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S4 E2 – The Past is Not Dead, It’s Not Even Past
In this episode of the ‘cabaret of conversations’ host Panti Bliss is joined by Belfast writer Wendy Erskine, author of an acclaimed new collection of stories from a fractured post ‘peace’ Northern Ireland and a young filmmaker Sinead O’Shea whose documentary ‘A Mother Brings her Son to Be Shot’ highlights some of those fractures in the underbelly of Derry suburbs.
With them is Dean Van Nguyen, an emerging voice on Irish culture, whose father came to Ireland as a Vietnamese refugee in the 1970s and David Joyce, a lawyer and Irish traveller activist, whose father reluctantly ‘settled’ when David was in his late teens. Offering music and insight is the singer and performer Lux Alma whose new work takes a female focus on Irish mythology.
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Pantisocracy S4 E1: The Writing on the Wall - a bonus cut with full length recording of the show
In this the first episode of Pantisocracy Season 4 host Panti Bliss is joined by two extraordinary visual artists, Joe Caslin and Maser, who both, in very different ways, use the street as their canvas and their art for social change. With them is documentary filmmaker Aoife Kelleher whose film ‘One Million Dubliners’ changed public minds and hearts about Glasnevin Cemetery and whose recent work takes us inside the Irish prison system. Singer Damien Dempsey, who worked with Maser ten years ago on a Ballymun urban art project , shares his own journey, and a song or two, while the young, spoken word artist Natalya O’Flaherty raps the street and gives life to its stories. Webpage for more: pantisocracy.ie/s4e1/
Season 4 of Pantisocracy starts July 16th
S4 E1 Title : The Writing on the Wall
In this the first episode of Pantisocracy Season 4, host Panti Bliss is joined by two extraordinary visual artists, Joe Caslin and Maser, who both, in very different ways, use the street as their canvas and their art for social change. With them is documentary filmmaker Aoife Kelleher whose film ‘One Million Dubliners’ changed public minds and hearts about Glasnevin Cemetery and whose recent work takes us inside the Irish prison system.
Singer Damien Dempsey, who worked with Maser ten years ago on a Ballymun urban art project , shares his own journey, and a song or two, while the young, spoken word artist Natalya O’Flaherty raps the street and gives life to its stories.
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Pantisocracy Season 3 Episode 10 ‘Ties That Bind’
Guests with Panti Bliss in this episode are the bands Ships, Tebi Rex, performer Felispeaks and singer Inni-K. Relationships, both family and friendship, are at the heart of the conversation in this episode of Pantisocracy and the ‘cabaret of conversations’.
Panti Bliss talks of her own ties that bind and her guests include Sorca McGrath of the Choice Music Prize winning band Ships with her partner Simon Cullen, as well as Maynooth hip hop duo Max Zanga & Matt Ó Baoill, aka Tebi Rex. Joining them is the Nigerian-Irish spoken word artist Felispeaks, aka Felicia Olusanya, whose first play ‘The Boy Child’ is in this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. Eclectic singer-songwriter Inni-K aka Eithne Ni Chatháin completes the guest list in a show focussed on contemporary Irish talent.
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Pantisocracy Season 3 Episode 9 ‘Taking a Stand’
In the parlour with host Panti Bliss are Saoirse Long, Caitriona Bergin, Frank Berry and Lisa Hannigan. Sometimes, despite the personal cost, you have to take a stand. In this episode of Pantisocracy, our host Panti Bliss, who has herself been known to take a stand or two, shares her story of how what she thought was a small talk in the Abbey Theatre, the Noble Call, became a viral call of action and change.
In this episode Panti’s guests are Saoirse Long, a young woman who told her own story to dramatic impact during the recent referendum campaign, Caitriona Bergin, whose brother’s death by suicide helped motivate her to radically change her life, filmmaker Frank Berry whose recent work ‘Michael Inside’ brought us into the harrowing world of prison and singer/writer Lisa Hannigan who performs two of her own songs in the show - ‘Little Bird’ and ‘Undertow’.
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Pantisocracy season 3 2018 Episode 8 ‘Borders’
In this ‘cabaret of conversations’ Panti Bliss explores borders, both physical and psychological - what divides us and what brings us together? And can art be more powerful than politics in mapping and crossing borders? Guests are the visual artist Rita Duffy and musician/writer Steafán Hanvey both from Northern Ireland although Hanvey is now settled in Finland. With them is Gemma Doherty, from Derry, and Morgan MacIntyre, from Belfast, the two halves of the musical duo Saint Sister who share their experience of life on both sides of the Irish border. In the conversation too is David Honeyford, son of a Presbyterian minister, who has crossed the green and orange lines of Co Antrim to fall in love with GAA and the cuplá focal. Saint Sister perform their songs ‘Causing Trouble’ and a new release, ‘The Mater’, from their first album out this October.
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Pantisocracy Season 3 2018 Episode 7 ‘Room at the Table’
In this episode of the ‘cabaret of conversations’ called ‘Room at the Table’ host Panti Bliss’s guests are architect Grainne Hassett, singers Susie Q and Síomha, actor/writer Stephen Jones, and visual artist Vukasin Nedeljković.
In this show Panti hosts a conversation around what makes a more open society. Vukasin Nedeljković shares his journey, from war in the Balkans to making a life here by turning his experience as an asylum seeker, in Direct Provision, into art in his Asylum Archive. Meditation coach Susie Q performs her song ‘Home’ inspired by images of children escaping conflict and architect Grainne Hassett talks of how similar stories of refugees fleeing war, prompted her to go and work in the refugee camps in Calais.
Síomha, who comes from County Clare, the heartland of traditional Irish music, performs her songs ‘Spéir Rua an Iúil’, and ‘Why Did We Fall in Love?’
‘Legally Gay’ Pantisocracy Season 3 2018 Episode 6
25 years after Ireland decriminalised homosexuality Panti Bliss celebrates in a show called 'Legally Gay' and explores how Ireland stepped out of the closet. Guests include singer/songwriter Jack O’Rourke, gay rights archivist Tonie Walsh, HIV advocate Robbie Lawlor, grassroots activist Izzy Kamikaze and spoken word performer Vickey Curtis.
Jack O’Rourke performs his songs ‘Shining For You’ and his new single ‘Myth, along with a powerful cover of John Grant’s song ‘Glacier’. Vickey Curtis performs a piece she did during the Marriage Equality Referendum ‘Two Fat Ducks’.
Broadcast 7th August 2018 - 22.00 - 23.00 on RTÉ Radio 1
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Panti Bliss’s guests in this episode of Pantisocracy are the next generation; young emerging voices shaping Ireland today and pushing for change. In the parlour with Panti are actor/singer Fionnuala Gygax, Raidió na Life DJ Ola Majekodunmi, poet and visual artist Kerrie O’Brien, rapper JYellowL and transgender activist Sam Blanckensee. JYellowL performs his songs Nuh fi hurt me and Cold in the Summer while Kerrie performs her poem Dublin, which is now on the Junior Certificate, and Fionnuala shares a spoken word piece she wrote for International Women’s Day ‘The Girl in the Tree’.
‘Finding Your Tribe’ Pantisocracy Season 3 2018 Episode 4
Panti Bliss’s house guests for this episode of Pantisocracy, the cabaret of conversations, are singer Honor Heffernan and her partner, composer Trevor Knight, who perform songs from their show The Whistling Girl based on the writing of the American satirist Dorothy Parker. They are joined by comedian Katherine Lynch and Bohemian FC poet in residence Lewis Kenny. Lewis performs his darkly powerful poem Cabra. The Panti Monologue shares Panti’s own story on how she became Panti Bliss and how she found her tribe in the strangest of places - Japan.
Pantisocracy - Season 3 (2018) Episode 3
‘Be the Change’
In this episode of Pantisocracy host Panti Bliss shares her own experience of being HIV Positive and her work as a change advocate with Irish Aid in Asia and Africa. Her guests in the parlour are all change-makers making a positive difference in the world. On the story of HIV AIDS in Ireland there's Dr Fiona Mulcahy and young playwright Shaun Dunne. With them is asylum seeker Ellie Kisyombe of Our Table and Iseult Ward cofounder of the food charity Foodcloud. Then there's musical cousins Grainne and David Hope the force behind KidsClassics bringing music to sick children and finally Northern Irish actor/singer Conleth Kane who performs his song 'Proud'.
Pantisocracy - Season 3 (2018) Episode 2
‘The Elephants in the Room’
In this the second episode of a new 10 part Summer Season of Pantisocracy, the cabaret of conversations, host Panti Bliss meets writer Michael Harding, actor and singer Ruth McGill, aerial performer Ronan Brady, playwright Amy Conroy and poet Jessica Traynor in an episode called 'The Elephants in the Room'. Panti Bliss kicks off with a moving and dark memory of her time in boarding school while Ruth performs two of her own songs ‘The Good’ and ‘See You’ while Jessica Traynor performs her poem ‘The Artane Band’ and Amy Conroy share a slice of her recent play ‘Luck Just Kissed You Hello’
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In an emotional show recorded just after the historic vote in the abortion referendum on May 25th Singers Karan Casey and Ciara Sidine join host Panti Bliss in an episode entitled ‘Awesome Mná’ exploring the voice of women in Ireland; the stories they tell and the songs they sing. Casey, an outstanding traditional and folk singer, kicked off the gender equality in music initiative Fair Plé earlier this year while Ciara Sidine’s work includes a powerful song in tribute to the memory of the women and babies of the Magdalene laundries and mother and baby institutions. Samantha Long, a Magdalene adoptee, shares the story of her birth mother Margaret. Joining them is Maynooth sociologist Professor Linda Connolly author of The Irish Women’s Movement and playwright/actor Eva O’Connor whose work includes the play Maz & Bricks exploring themes affecting young Irish women today. In the provocative and timely show Ciara Sidine performs her songs ‘Finest Flower’ and ‘Trouble Come Find
In a special New Year’s Day edition of Pantisocracy, the ‘cabaret of conversations’ hosted by Panti Bliss looks towards a new year with guests; singers Luka Bloom, Aoife Scott and Steve Wall, paralympian athlete Niamh McCarthy and Syrian human rights advocate Razan Ibraheem.
In this episode, Luka Bloom performs ‘Wayfaring Stranger’ and Aoife Scott performs the Bruce Coburn classic ‘Wondering where the lions are’. Steve Wall, actor and frontman of The Stunning, sings his song “Mama’s Going Back to Bed” and shares stories of his new movie about jazz trumpeter Chet Baker while Razan Ibraheem talks of her experience helping Syrian war refugees find a home in Ireland.
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In a special Christmas Day edition of Pantisocracy the ‘cabaret of conversations’ host Panti Bliss, the Unofficial ‘Queen’ of Ireland, hosts a gathering exploring how we draw upon the traditions of being Irish, in language, music, song, poetry and dance to re-imagine anew ourselves and our place in the world.
Her guests in this festive edition are singer and actor Lisa Lambe, Hot House Flowers frontman Liam Ó Maonlaí, former Riverdance star Colin Dunne, musician Seán Mac Erlaine and the poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa.
The programme features performances by Lisa Lambe, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Seán Mac Erlaine and Doireann Ní Ghríofa.
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In the fourth episode of Season 2, host Panti Bliss is joined by musician and singer Julie Feeney, author and writer Shane Hegarty, former rock radio DJ Jenny Huston and writer Dermot Bolger.
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In Episode 3 of Season 2, host Panti Bliss (aka Rory O'Neill) is joined by performance artist Emmet Kirwan, singer and songwriter Duke Special aka Peter Wilson, musician Eoin French aka the band Talos and incoming producer of new work a the Abbey Theatre, Ireland's national theatre, Jen Coppinger. In this show Panti Bliss talks about alter egos and how Panti allows Rory to be Rory.
In this show Emmet Kirwan, describes the reaction of elderly Edinburgh ladies to his performance of Dublin OldSchool. Join the Pantisocracy conversation on social media using #pantisocracy
Panti Bliss hosts a cabaret of conversations with, and about, contemporary Ireland. In the second episode of Season 2, host Panti Bliss is joined by singers Eleanor McEvoy, Hazel O Connor and historian Sonja Tiernan.
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In Episode 1 of Season 2 Panti talks HOME and identity with guests wordsmith Stephen James Smith and musicians Farah Elle, Cáit Ó Riordan and Fiachna Ó Braonáin. Stephen, a performance poet from Tallaght, shares his word ‘Dublin You Are’ – a hymn to his home town warts and all, while Farah Elle, a young Libyan Irish singer and songwriter performs her song ‘Silk’ with its unique sounds of both countries.
Ex Pogues bassist Cáit Ó Riordan talks of moving between New York and Dublin and her new work playing bass with award winning poet Paul Muldoon while Hothouse Flowers Fiachna Ó Braonáin explains why Paris is his second home. Both Cáit and Fiachna perform together reuniting their former band life in PreNup named because everyone in the band was at that stage going through a divorce!
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For a special Christmas Day edition of Pantisocracy – host Panti Bliss is joined by film maker Lenny Abrahamson, performer Gavin Friday, Grace Toland, Director of ITMA, Sean-Nós singer Róisín Elsafty and artist Amanda Coogan for a ‘cabaret of conversations’ about home, memory and belonging.
On a day that, for many of us, brings us back to our sense of ourselves and childhood, Pantisocracy explores ‘the heart of memory, the song of home’. What story does Christmas tell of us?
In May 2018 this episode won Pantisocracy the Celtic Media Festival TORC - its highest award - for best radio magazine show.
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Panti's guests in her chamber in this show are novelist John Boyne, (author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas), Amanullah De Sondy, Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam University College Cork, Sligo based Illustrator Annie West, singer Hozier and the actor and singer Bronagh Gallagher. Bronagh offers a song to the cabaret with Bronagh performing ‘Hand on My Heart’ and Hozier sings his song ‘To Be Alone’.
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Host Miss Panti Bliss invites her guests into the Pantisocracy parlour for the ‘cabaret of conversations’ exploring how we learn and grow. Panti opens with a Panti Monologue sharing her own experience. In this episode, psychologist and youth mental health advocate Tony Bates shares the floor with children’s author Siobhan Parkinson, who says not being able to read books is the worst part for her in losing her sight.
Nanoscientist Jessamyn Fairfield talks about her unusual childhood growing up in Los Alamos New Mexico – Home of the Atomic Bomb and why scientists need to embrace comedy to communicate. The guest performers in the episode are Jack O’Rourke and Camille O’Sullivan. Jack sings his song ‘Silence’.
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Host Miss Panti Bliss brings us into a ‘cabaret of conversations’ with guests including filmmaker Vivienne de Courcy, whose new movie ‘Dare to be Wild’ was filmed both in Ireland and Ethiopia while singer Shaz Oye shares stories of growing up black and gay in inner city Dublin with the Sierra Leone Irish singer Loah. Sinead Kane, the blind marathon runner talks about challenging stereotypes and combatting bullying. Joining them in the studio is artist Jim Fitzpatrick creator of the iconic Ché Guevara poster. Both Shaz and Loah entertain with songs. In this episode Panti Bliss explores the people who influence and inspire us and share her own journey and tale of Aunty Qy in another of the ‘Panti Monologues’.
Host Miss Panti Bliss opens the show in her parlour, welcoming guests and offers a ‘Panti Monologue’ a personal observation on life as she sees it. In this episode, her guests talking of turning points in life are Mark Pollock, the blind now paralysed adventurer who is exploring ways to walk again. Lawyer Simone George, Mark’s partner, is in the mix talking about her journey to make Ireland safer for women and scientist Dr. Niamh Shaw talks of her dream of going into space.
Comedian Jarlath Regan shares what he has discovered in making his hit podcast “An Irishman Abroad’ while composer Michael Gallen, the lead singer with the band Ana Gog, talks about his new opera project, A Month in the Lock, and sings from the James Connolly songbook ‘We Only Want the Earth’.
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Host Panti Bliss opens with the Panti Monologue, a personal observation on life as she sees it. In her parlour are guests Eleanor Fitzsimons, a writer whose latest work is a biography of Oscar Wilde told through the women in his life – ‘Wilde’s Women’ – and award winning actor Olwen Fouéré who has brought both Joyce and Beckett to the stage this year.
With them in the Pantisocracy chambers is Pauric Dempsey who explains why the Royal Irish Academy wants to put ‘women on the walls’ for 2016 while broadcaster Dil Wickremasinghe says as a new Irish citizen the 1916 rebels inspire her. Performer Jack Lukeman, shares stories of travelling in the United States during the Orlando massacre and entertains Panti, guests and the Pantisocracy audience with his song ‘Open Your Borders’.
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Host Panti Bliss opens Pantisocracy with the Panti Monologue, a personal observation on life as she sees it. In her parlour are guests Donegal pro-surfer Easkey Britton, who shares stories teaching surfing to women in Iran with writer/actor Mark O’Halloran whose new film Halal Daddy is about a Muslim family in small town Ireland.
Scientist Shane Bergin critiques the myth of the left-right brain theory while singer/actor Maria Doyle Kennedy shares stories of her life in Canada. Maria and Kieran Kennedy entertain Panti Bliss, guests and the Pantisocracy audience with an intimate performance of her song ‘The Most Beautiful People are Broken’.
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