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Pantisocracy has a new audio podcast #ThePantiPersonals, one to one intimate conversations between Panti Bliss, and her guest, with unique performances. Subscribe and share!

#Pantisocracy with Panti Bliss hosts a cabaret of conversations with, and about, contemporary Ireland. Season 1-5 (2016-2020) is available as podcasts and via the project website www.pantisocracy.ie with videos.
Pantisocracy is a society of equals. Pantisocracy is an Athena Media Ltd production.
The series producer is Helen Shaw and the digital editor is John Howard.

Pantisocracy THE PANTI PERSONALS Athena Media

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Pantisocracy has a new audio podcast #ThePantiPersonals, one to one intimate conversations between Panti Bliss, and her guest, with unique performances. Subscribe and share!

#Pantisocracy with Panti Bliss hosts a cabaret of conversations with, and about, contemporary Ireland. Season 1-5 (2016-2020) is available as podcasts and via the project website www.pantisocracy.ie with videos.
Pantisocracy is a society of equals. Pantisocracy is an Athena Media Ltd production.
The series producer is Helen Shaw and the digital editor is John Howard.

    THE PANTI PERSONALS : S1 E1 'Bressie' Niall Breslin

    THE PANTI PERSONALS : S1 E1 'Bressie' Niall Breslin

    The Panti Personals - Season 1 Episode 1
    Panti Bliss meets Bressie' Niall Breslin (released May 1 2021)

    * trigger warning. This episode conversation touches on mental health, and references child abuse and suicide. 

    Panti Bliss is breaking out of lockdown and shaping a new podcast, a child of Pantisocracy, The Panti Personals, where she gets up close (two metres anyway) and personal with someone, for an intimate conversation and a private performance.
    Her first guest is a man of more hats than Philip Treacy. It's the handsome beast, mindfulness and music man, Niall Breslin, 'Bressie' of the Blizzards. This time Niall is Blizzardsless and performs two of his new spoken words pieces, 'Teen Spirit', which was first performed for this year's St Patrick's Day Festival, and inspired by the death of his teenage hero Kurt Cobain, and a brand new piece 'Closing Time', a tribute to the saving grace of Tom Waits, with Cian Boylan on piano. 

    Niall is co-founder of the mental health advocacy group 'A Lust for Life' and he hosts two podcasts, 'Where Is My Mind?' and one focussed on mindfulness 'Wake Up/Wind Down'. In this powerful and revealing conversation Panti and Bressie talk love, life, anxiety and resilience, and swap stories on how physical and sexual abuse, witnessed during their school years, has stayed with them, and haunted them.


    Find out more about Niall and his work : www.niallbreslin.com/
    Or 'A Lust for Life': https://www.alustforlife.com/tools/mental-health/where-is-my-mind-podcast
    And to hear the Blizzards check out : open.spotify.com/artist/5wzUAvSTqE7BXNSL0OOzZR


    The Panti Personals is an Athena Media independent podcast production. The producer is Helen Shaw and the digital editor is John Howard. The Panti Personals sessions are recorded in Camden Recording Studios Dublin and this first season of the show has been made with the kind support of Camden Recording Studios and Cian Boylan.
    For more, and to see videos of performances from The Panti Personals, visit the mothership pantisocracy.ie/panti-personals/

    Episode Transcript: https://www.happyscribe.com/transcriptions/f970aaabdeea4310b0bf0f11e69af05e/edit_v2

    All rights rest with Niall Breslin & Athena Media @AthenaMedia2021

    • 1 hr 10 min
    THE PANTI PERSONALS : Trailer - A new podcast with Panti Bliss starts May 1

    THE PANTI PERSONALS : Trailer - A new podcast with Panti Bliss starts May 1

    The Panti Personals - a new podcast hosted by Panti Bliss, starts May 1 2021.

    Panti Bliss is breaking out of lockdown and getting up close (well two metres) and personal. In this new podcast, a child of the multi-award winning Pantisocracy, Panti Bliss is escaping her husband, Penny the dog and Crayon the lockdown cat, to have some intimate and revealing conversations with old and new friends who also, since, they're all performers, entertain her in a private audience of one. In this season she meets the handsome beast, mindfulness and music man, Niall Breslin, aka Bressie of the Blizzards, American singer and songwriter, Galia Arad, film-maker and musician Myles O'Reilly and the Dutch singer and songwriter Jane Willow.

    For more go to the mothership pantisocracy.ie/panti-personals/

    The Panti Personals is an independent podcast production by Athena Media. The producer is Helen Shaw and the digital editor is John Howard. This first season of The Panti Personals is made with the support of Camden Recording Studios in Dublin.

    The theme music for The Panti Personals is Knots by Lisa Hannigan, and used with her kind permission. Thanks Lisa!

    If you like what we do, please share the podcast using hashtag #ThePantiPersonals 

    • 40 sec
    Pantisocracy S5 E8 ‘Solace’ (2020)

    Pantisocracy S5 E8 ‘Solace’ (2020)

    At the close of a year that has turned our lives upside down Panti Bliss hosts a special edition of Pantisocracy exploring what gives us solace and comfort and what inspires us to find the light, even in darkness. On Christmas Eve, by the fireside of a Joycean living room, she brings together a gathering of conversation and song.

    With her, at the James Joyce Centre in Dublin’s inner city, are singer and songwriter Maija Sofia, actor Aaron Monaghan, traditional singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and her husband folklorist Billy Mag Fhloinn.

    pantisocracy.ie/s5e8/ for more

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Pantisocracy S5 E7 ‘Skin Deep’ (2020)

    Pantisocracy S5 E7 ‘Skin Deep’ (2020)

    What does it mean to ‘look’ and be Irish in contemporary Ireland? In this episode of Pantisocracy with Panti Bliss, the last in this season, Panti is joined by people who challenge the stereotypical Irish freckles and fair skin and talk of an Ireland where it’s cool to be Irish and proud, regardless of your skin colour. 

    Panti’s guests are  singer and songwriter Dana Masters, who hails from South Carolina, USA, and moved to the north of Ireland ten years ago, Leon Diop one of the founders of the virally popular Black and Irish Instagram & Facebook account, and documentary maker Lisa Essuman.

    Dana, who tours with Van Morrison, performs two of her own songs during the show - ‘Little Girl’  inspired by her grandmother who was a black civil rights activist in USA, in the 1960s, and a song ‘Call You Home’ that she penned for her new home - Ireland - where she says she has found peace and healing.

    For more go to: http://pantisocracy.ie/s5-e7/

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Pantisocracy S5E6 ‘A Place to Call My Own’ (2020)

    Pantisocracy S5E6 ‘A Place to Call My Own’ (2020)

    #Pantisocracy Season 5 Episode 6 : "A Place to Call My Own'

    What does it take to call a place your own, or for that place to let you own it? In this episode of Pantisocracy host Panti Bliss is with three people who answered that question. She meets Santis O’Garro, a proud Black Irishwoman from the Caribbean island of Montserrat, Martin Beanz Warde, a comedian who shares his story of growing up gay in the traveller community in the west of Ireland, and singer Roisin El Cherif, a Palestinian Irishwoman from Oranmore, Co Galway. Roisin performs two of her own songs, Cinnamon Eyes and Cross Your Mind, accompanied by musician Alma Kelliher on keyboards and backing vocals.

    for more go to : pantisocracy.ie/s5-e6/

    Full Transcript of Broadcast Show: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NBIHf3lzwSsEpc0-R3rMvLVjxoattkx2/view

    Pantisocracy is an Athena Media production for RTE Radio 1. The producer is Helen Shaw, the digital editor is John Howard. This episode was recorded in Belvedere House, Great Denmark St Dublin 1 by Simon Cullen.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Pantisocracy S5 E5 ‘Inner Vision’ (2020)

    Pantisocracy S5 E5 ‘Inner Vision’ (2020)

    Sometimes, to make things happen, we need to go out on our own, to fly solo, and realise our inner vision. In this episode of Pantisocracy host Panti Bliss is with three people who did just that; musician and singer David Geraghty, theatre director and founder of Anu Productions, Louise Lowe, and queer, autistic novelist Naoise Dolan who is creating quite a stir with her debut work ‘Exciting Times’.

    David Geraghty, a founder member with the band BellX1, created a solo, alter identity, some six years ago, in Join Me in the Pines, and David performs two very apt songs for Panti Bliss ‘Two to Fall in Love’ inspired by the 2015 marriage equality vote, and ‘She Steps Into The Light’ starring, in the video he made, – a drag queen!

    pantisocracy.ie/s5-e5/ for more

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

amnesiac.ie ,

The true heir to Gay Byrne’s Late Late Show.

The sheer brilliance of this podcast somewhat surprised me at first.

As a gay man who grew up in his teens and early twenties in Celtic Tiger era Ireland, I was more than familiar with Miss Panti Bliss. Panti was an icon on the gay scene long before she achieved word wide fame during the Marriage Equality Campaign. Her annual trip to MC Alternative Miss Cork was the highlight of the social calendar when I was finding my feet as a newly out gay boy. But Panti was a larger than life character, a statuesque, awe-inspiring MC, heavily rooted in visual performance.

Since I moved to the States, Panti has achieved even greater fame as a world renowned equality campaigner, a bar owner and a boba fide “main stream” celebrity. Now even larger than her previous larger than life persona, Panti seeme to me a cross between Cersei Lannister and RuPaul Charles, an unrivaled but perhaps somewhat aloof/unknowable “Queen of Ireland”

But through Pantisocracy, I have come to discover a much more personal side to Panti. She shares so much of her own journey and story that was previously unknown to me. Through the medium of podcasting I feel I have a new insight and knowledge of Panti as a person.

And as an interviewer, Panti incredibly intelligent, thoughtful and engaging. The themes for discussion are varied and sometimes surprising. Her guests are often people I have never heard of before but they always provide a unique insight into 21st century Ireland. Conversation ebbs and flows so naturally and so warmly on this podcast. I love how rambling and “off topic” discussions can be and I always learn something next and surprising about my country when I listen.

Panti, like the great Gay Byrne successfully combines having her own strong identity and point of view whilst also being an incredibly skilled interviewer and she expertly presided over boisterous panel discussions. Pantisocracy is the closest thing I have seen to the classic Late Late shows hosted by Gay Byrne on RTÉ television and as 35 year old gay member of the Irish diaspora abroad, Pantisocracy is a uniquely important link for me to my home.

Thank you Panti for being my Uncle Gaybo.

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