Brian Kennedy: Episode 224

December 30, 2017

The story of Brian Kennedy’s journey from the Falls Road in Belfast to becoming one of Ireland’s most successful musical talents is one that must be heard. Brian speaks openly to Jarlath about his difficulties growing up gay during the height of The Troubles including a British soldier shoving a gun into his genitals (6:00) and having a debilitating medical condition that only made him more vulnerable at school (18:00).

In fascinating detail, Brian explains how Simon Fuller became the guarantor on his first mortgage (31:00) before he was sacked for prioritising the Spice Girls over Brian (45:00), how a fear of aids in a 1980s London resulted in him being celibate for four years (37:00) and how he could have sang on Jeff Buckley’s legendary Grace album (51:00).

From having tea with Kate Bush (58:00) to why he is considering herbal treatments to tackle his recent cancer diagnosis (1:12:00), and much more, this is a truly fascinating conversation with one of Ireland’s most respected voices.

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