Pamela Connolly

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Pride Month is always an extra special occasion at the Limerick Lady. This June, Emma and Ann talk with vocalist, guitarist, bassist, songwriter and merch-packager, Pamela Connolly from the Pillow Queens.

In one jam-packed hour, the trio cover the importance of queer representation in mainstream music, the difficulties faced by musicians in balancing a public persona with the tough reality of trying to earn a living from music alone, and how listening to Jack Johnson can cause sexual awakenings, if you’re not careful.

Pillow Queens are a four-piece based in Dublin, Ireland. Formed in 2016, their State of the State EP caught the ear of Steve Lamacq who called the band’s songs “deceptively infectious, with sharp hooks and sharp nails”. That EP’s lead single, Favourite, received airplay on BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, Radio X, and Amazing Radio as well as across Irish national radio stations. Two UK tours followed, along with sell-out hometown shows.

In January 2021, the Pillow Queens made their US television début, performing and interviewing on the CBS Late Late Show with James Corden. The band’s first album, In Waiting, has been praised by critics both home and abroad, and was nominated for the RTÉ Choice Prize for Album of the Year.

You can buy the Pillow Queens’ album here and listen to the Limerick Lady podcast: Pillow Queens, Popping Ears, and Trying to Pay the Rent here.

The Limerick Lady is a grassroots movement shining a spotlight on female performing artists. The aim of the Limerick Lady is to boost female visibility, encourage gender parity across the board, and encourage young women to embark on careers in typically male-dominated industries. The podcast is co-hosted by Emma Langford and Ann Blake, and recorded with support from The Limerick Post Newspaper and the Feminist Supermarket at Ormston House.

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