The Queer Songbook: Songs, Stories & Sweets for the Soul is a collaborative mixtape of songs reflecting the queer experience, as chosen by guest singers.
Each song will be performed live, backed by the Queer Songbook Band, a live ensemble of queer musicians.
Far ahead of the event six guests have been invited to choose a song meaningful for them, for which creative director Craig has then worked with the band to arrange.
On the night itself the guest introduces their song, telling us the story of its personal meaning for their queer narrative.
The guests are local role models, not necessarily singers, representing the whole spectrum of the LGBTQ community and experience.
This comes from the belief in the validating experience of seeing someone "like you" on stage, and on the inspiring and healing effect that has on an audience that too often doesn"t see itself represented in the media or arts.
This is particularly true for LGBTQ+ people who experience both queerness and other diversity i.e. age, ability, race.
The guests are presenting their dearest, queerest song - the song that spoke their truth, strummed their pain, or lit a defiant flame in their youth - engaging audiences in a musical "Show and Tell" of feelings and passion.
Riots Mixtape - Songs & Stories of Pride at The Spire, St Marks Chapel, Eastern Road, Brighton, on Friday, 2 August 2019. CLICK HERE for details.