The Leisure Society With Gemma Cairney

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20190428 (6M)

The Leisure Society presented by Gemma Cairney.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Ben Watt Birdwatching20200105 (6M)

Benn Watt is a musician, singer, songwriter, author, DJ-remixer and label boss whose best known as being part of duo Everything but the Girl with Tracey Thorn. In his spare time he is also an amateur bird-watcher.

In this episode of The Leisure Society Gemma Cairney joins Ben for a walk around Hampstead Heath for a bit of bird spotting. They also discuss the early days of Everything But The Girl, his life on the DJ circuit and running his label Buzzin' FLy, and the themes behind Ben's fourth solo album, Storm Damage.

Gemma Cairney goes birdwatching with Ben Watt

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Bonnie Greer20200112 (6M)

Gemma Cairney joins playwright and author Bonnie Greer at the British Museum, a place she loves to spend her leisure time.

Bonnie will be discussing the intricate designs of Anglo-Saxon objects that have multi-layered symbolic meanings and tell stories that can relate to arts and culture today.

Originally from Chicago Bonnie moved to New York in mid 70s to study in New York at the Actors Studio. She moved to London in the mid 80s inspired by an article on the Jazz Warriors, and acquired British Citizen ship in 1997. She was awarded an OBE in 2010 for her contribution to the arts.

Bonnie will be sharing her life stories from frequenting clubs like the Paradise Garage and Studio 54 in Manhattan, witnessing the rise of the early Hip Hop scene in the South Bronx, meeting Madonna in the early 80s and her love of Kurt Cobain.

Gemma Cairney joins Bonnie Greer at the British Museum

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Cosey Fanni Tutti From Throbbing Gristle20180204 (6M)
20190413 (6M)

Cosey Fanni Tutti from Throbbing Gristle.

Gemma Cairney continues The Leisure Society, a new series interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for. This week Gemma visits the home of Cosey Fanni Tutti, performer from avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle, whose art and music inspired a generation and rocked the establishment - to talk about her passion for gardening. As well as a guided tour around her garden, Cosey discusses her background in stripping, sexual politics how she was hired to dance in Sylvester's video for Mighty Real, and how she maintained her resilience in the face of adversity.

Gemma Cairney continues The Leisure Society, a new series interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for. This week Gemma visits the home of Cosey Fanni Tutti, performer from avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle, whose art and music inspired a generation and rocked the establishment - to talk about her passion for gardening. As well as a guided tour around her garden, Cosey discusses her background in stripping, sexual politics how she was hired to dance in Sylvester's video for Mighty Real, and how she maintained her resilience in the face of adversity.

Cosey Fanni Tutti from Throbbing Gristle.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Damon Albarn20190421 (6M)

Gemma Cairney joins Damon Albarn at 13, his studio under the Westway in West London, filled with artefacts and eclectic objects picked up from his many far-flung travels. Gemma will be chatting with him about his adventures including a recent trip to a remote village in Guinea to find the sacred balafon, an African wooden xylophone only brought out once every seven years to be played by the chief of the village. They also discuss his travels to North Korea and discovering the book The art of cinema by kim jong Il , recording for Gorillaz in Geejam Studios Jamaica ,his long relationship with Mali, and how he relaxes in his spare time.

Gemma Cairney joins Damon Albarn at his studios

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Gemma Cairney joins Damon Albarn at 13, his studio under the Westway in West London, filled with artefacts and eclectic objects picked up from his many far-flung travels. Gemma will be chatting with him about his adventures including a recent trip to a remote village in Guinea to find the sacred balafon, an African wooden xylophone only brought out once every seven years to be played by the chief of the village. They also discuss his travels to North Korea and discovering the book The art of cinema by kim jong Il , recording for Gorillaz in Geejam Studios Jamaica , being booed off stage at the Shrine in Lagos the legendary Fela Kuti venue, his long relationship with Mali, suffering his first anxiety attack after Blur’s Girls and Boys had been released and how yoga helps him relax, and Blur’s first ever TV performance for Eggs and Baker a TV show in the early 90s alongside newcomers Take That.

Goldie20171231 (6M)
20190409 (6M)

The Leisure Society is a series presented by Gemma Cairney, interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for. The weekly show will discover how each person's passions influence what they create beginning with musician, DJ and visual artist Goldie. After a ninety minute Hot Yoga session Goldie opens up to Gemma about a range of topics from the legendary Blue Note Metalheadz night in Hoxton, to how he got his gold teeth in Miami, meeting his graffiti idols in New York, to his relationship with Bjork, his first forrays into yoga and how he got over his addictions after the death of his mother.

Goldie discusses his passion for hot yoga after a session in a south London yoga studio.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Goldie And Hot Yoga20171231 (6M)

Goldie discusses his passion for hot yoga after a session in a south London yoga studio.

The Leisure Society is a new series presented by Gemma Cairney, interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for. The weekly show will discover how each person's passions influence what they create beginning with musician, DJ and visual artist Goldie. After a ninety minute Hot Yoga session Goldie opens up to Gemma about a range of topics from the legendary Blue Note Metalheadz night in Hoxton, to how he got his gold teeth in Miami, meeting his graffiti idols in New York, to his relationship with Bjork, his first forrays into yoga and how he got over his addictions after the death of his mother.

Goldie discusses his passion for hot yoga after a session in a south London yoga studio.

The Leisure Society is a new series presented by Gemma Cairney, interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for. The weekly show will discover how each person's passions influence what they create beginning with musician, DJ and visual artist Goldie. After a ninety minute Hot Yoga session Goldie opens up to Gemma about a range of topics from the legendary Blue Note Metalheadz night in Hoxton, to how he got his gold teeth in Miami, meeting his graffiti idols in New York, to his relationship with Bjork, his first forrays into yoga and how he got over his addictions after the death of his mother.

Jason From Sleaford Mods On Weightlifting20180909 (6M)
20190414 (6M)

Gemma Cairney joins Jason from Sleafords Mods in his gym in Nottingham

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves

Gemma Cairney begins a new series of The Leisure Society, interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for.
For this programme Gemma joins Jason Williamson one half of Electro punk duo Sleaford Mods. Named by Iggy Pop as 'undoubtedly, absolutely, definitely the world's greatest rock'n'roll band' their influences range from mod culture to the Wu-Tang Clan with lyrics that deal with working class life and culture and autsterity-era Britain.

Gemma joins Jason in his home town of Nottingham at his local gym, to find out more about his passion for weightlifting where he discusses overcoming addiction and the role that exercise has played in helping him with that. They also discuss punk culture, clubbing, social media addiction, Tori Amos and his grime heroes

Gemma Cairney begins a new series of The Leisure Society, interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for.

Gemma joins Jason in his home town of Nottingham at his local gym, to find out more about his passion for weightlifting where he discusses overcoming addiction and the role that exercise has played in helping him with that. They also discuss punk culture, clubbing, social media addiction, Toris Amos and his grime heroes.

Gemma Cairney joins Jason from Sleafords Mods in his gym in Nottingham.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Kathy Burke20200119 (6M)

Gemma chats to actress and director Kathy Burke round at her house in North London about her passion for TV and how she spends her leisure time. From her first love of the early TV series I, Claudius to Big Brother and the Wire, Kathy discusses the TV shows that she loves as well as the shows she avoids.

Kathy will also be discussing some of the songs that have shaped her life, how seeing Lady Gaga reignited her interest in music and her work in the theatre with Frantic Assembly for a forthcoming project I Think We Are Alone, a major new play by Sally Abbott which she is co-directing with Scott Graham.

With actress and director Kathy Burke.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Kelley Deal20180114 (6M)
20190411 (6M)

Kelley Deal from The Breeders.

Gemma Cairney continues The Leisure Society, a new series interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for. This week Gemma joins Kelley Deal lead guitarist with The Breeders, in a wool and craft shop, where she describes how she swapped her heroin habit for knitting. From her work with the Breeders and beyond, Deal has created powerful, inspiring rock music and served as a positive influence for young women looking to get into bands. She also won the 2017 Gibson Les Paul Award which honors guitar playing and innovation. During the programme she speaks about growing up with twin sister Kim Deal in Dayton Ohio, and how she once auditioned as drummer for her band the Pixies, leaving her job as a defense contractor with top-secret clearance to go on tour with Nirvana and being introduced to knitting through a support band.

from The Breeders.

Gemma Cairney continues The Leisure Society, a new series interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for. This week Gemma joins Kelley Deal lead guitarist with The Breeders, in a wool and craft shop, where she describes how she swapped her heroin habit for knitting. From her work with the Breeders and beyond, Deal has created powerful, inspiring rock music and served as a positive influence for young women looking to get into bands. She also won the 2017 Gibson Les Paul Award which honors guitar playing and innovation. During the programme she speaks about growing up with twin sister Kim Deal in Dayton Ohio, and how she once auditioned as drummer for her band the Pixies, leaving her job as a defense contractor with top-secret clearance to go on tour with Nirvana and being introduced to knitting through a support band.

Kelley Deal from The Breeders.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Kristin Hersh20190414 (6M)

After founding her influential art-punk band Throwing Muses, at age 14, Kristin Hersh went on to spend the next 25 years confounding expectations and breaking rules - both her own and others. In addition to Throwing Muses, Kristin performs with her other band 50FOOTWAVE and as a solo artist.She has just released her tenth studio album, Possible Dust Clouds.

Kristin’s writing career has also flourished with the highly acclaimed Paradoxical Undressing and the award winning Don’t Suck, Don’t Die, a personal account of her long friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt, as well as the enchanting books which now accompany each of her record releases.

In this programme Gemma joins Kristin at the London Zoo snake house where Kristin chats about her love of snakes and the reptiles her and her children have grown up with including her pet water monitor, and how they have infiltrated her creative output.

She also opens up about female mental health, (she was formerly diagnosed as bi-polar) and music being her therapy, the song she couldn’t perform, as well as the impact her music has on her fans.

Gemma Cairney joins Throwing Muses frontwoman Kristin Hersh at the snake house.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Laurie Vincent From Slaves20180121 (6M)
20190412 (6M)

Laurie Vincent from Slaves.

Gemma Cairney continues The Leisure Society, a new series interviewing cultural icons, innovators, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for. This week Gemma visits Laurie Vincent, best known as one half of the Kent punk band Slaves whose have been building up their following writing songs which confront their apathy-affected generation. Laurie Vincent isn't just the guitarist in Slaves, the 24 year old is also a visual artist who had his first proper exhibition in Hoxton last year. Gemma visits Laurie in his studio in Brighton to find out about how the relationship works between his art and his music, they also discuss street art and the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, what makes someone iconic, his admiration for Paul Simonon of the Clash, education and the pressures of social media for young people.

Gemma Cairney continues The Leisure Society, a new series interviewing cultural icons, innovators, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for. This week Gemma visits Laurie Vincent, best known as one half of the Kent punk band Slaves whose have been building up their following writing songs which confront their apathy-affected generation. Laurie Vincent isn't just the guitarist in Slaves, the 24 year old is also a visual artist who had his first proper exhibition in Hoxton last year. Gemma visits Laurie in his studio in Brighton to find out about how the relationship works between his art and his music, they also discuss street art and the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, what makes someone iconic, his admiration for Paul Simonon of the Clash, education and the pressures of social media for young people.

Laurie Vincent from Slaves.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Michael Stipe On Photography20180923 (6M)
20190416 (6M)

Gemma Cairney joins Michael Stipe to talk about his passion for photography.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves

Gemma Cairney continues a new series of The Leisure Society, interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for.

For this programme Gemma joins R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe at the ICA in London to discuss his love of photography. He studied photography and painting at University of Georgia before leaving school to form the band R.E.M., serving as frontman and singer-songwriter until the band dissolved in 2011. The sensibility he began developing during his time as an art student transferred to his work for R.E.M. – from art directing their graphics, videos and stage design, to writing, composing and performance.

His new book Volume 1, brings together nearly 40 years of creating and collecting photographic materials, in addition to posing as a subject in the photographs of others. He discusses the stories behind the photos of River Phoenix’s dreadlocks as they traversed the US in 1993 shortly before Phoenix died, Kurt Cobain’s hands, his first love Jeremy Ayers, Patti Smith, William Burroughs, and what happened when he met Andy Warhol for the first time.

He also discusses love and loss, producing New York artist Fischerspooner’s new album, recently discovering the music of Nils Frahm and why he’s leaving Instagram.

Gemma Cairney joins Michael Stipe to talk about his passion for photography.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves

Gemma Cairney continues a new series of The Leisure Society, interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for.

For this programme Gemma joins R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe at the ICA in London to discuss his love of photography. He studied photography and painting at University of Georgia before leaving school to form the band R.E.M., serving as frontman and singer-songwriter until the band dissolved in 2011. The sensibility he began developing during his time as an art student transferred to his work for R.E.M. – from art directing their graphics, videos and stage design, to writing, composing and performance.

His new book Volume 1, brings together nearly 40 years of creating and collecting photographic materials, in addition to posing as a subject in the photographs of others. He discusses the stories behind the photos of River Phoenix’s dreadlocks as they traversed the US in 1993 shortly before Phoenix died, Kurt Cobain’s hands, his first love Jeremy Ayers, Patti Smith, William Burroughs, and what happened when he met Andy Warhol for the first time.

He also discusses love and loss, producing New York artist Fischerspooner’s new album, recently discovering the music of Nils Frahm and why he’s leaving Instagram.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Santigold On Interior Design20180930 (6M)
20190417 (6M)

Songwriter and record producer Santigold joins Gemma to talk about her hobbies

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves

Santigold is the moniker of Philadelphia-born musician and producer Santi White. She released her debut album Santogold in 2008, followed by Master of My Make-Believe in 2012. She has since collaborated with the likes of Jay Z, Q Tip, Kanye West, Beastie Boys and Lykke Li. She joins Gemma at the Wallace Collection in London to talk about her loves beyond music including interior design.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Theresa From Warpaint On Science20180916 (6M)
20190415 (6M)

Theresa Wayman from Warpaint discusses how she discovered her love of science

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves

Gemma Cairney continues a new series of The Leisure Society, interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for.

For this programme Gemma joins Theresa “TT ? Wayman from LA band Warpaint at the Science Museum in London to discuss how she discovered a love of marine biology and astronomy at an early age but went into a musical career with Warpaint the band she has been in for fourteen years.

They also discuss her debut solo album Lovelaws, balancing having a child with being a touring musician and her introduction to frogs in Oregon when she was growing up.

Theresa Wayman from Warpaint discusses how she discovered her love of science

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves

Gemma Cairney continues a new series of The Leisure Society, interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for.

For this programme Gemma joins Theresa “TT ? Wayman from LA band Warpaint at the Science Museum in London to discuss how she discovered a love of marine biology and astronomy at an early age but went into a musical career with Warpaint the band she has been in for fourteen years.

They also discuss her debut solo album Lovelaws, balancing having a child with being a touring musician and her introduction to frogs in Oregon when she was growing up.

For this programme Gemma joins Theresa “TT” Wayman from LA band Warpaint at the Science Museum in London to discuss how she discovered a love of marine biology and astronomy at an early age but went into a musical career with Warpaint the band she has been in for fourteen years.

Theresa Wayman from Warpaint discusses how she discovered her love of science.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Tracey Emin20180107 (6M)
20190410 (6M)
20191201 (6M)

Tracey Emin joins Gemma Cairney in Margate's mysterious Shell Grotto.

Gemma Cairney continues The Leisure Society, a new series interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for. This week Gemma joins Turner Prize nominated artist Tracey Emin at one of her favourite haunts in her home town of Margate, the Shell Grotto. Discovered in 1835, the winding passages are covered in mosaics created entirely of millions of seashells but how they got there is still a mystery. Tracey discusses her love for the shell grotto and why she will be relocating to her hometown, the infamous Walpole Bay parties she used to host, the music she listens to when she's painting in her studio, her passion for sea swimming and how it has shaped her life and work.

joins Gemma Cairney in Margate's mysterious Shell Grotto.

Gemma Cairney continues The Leisure Society, a new series interviewing cultural icons, tastemakers, artists and musicians about their pastimes, hobbies, collections and loves beyond what they are known for. This week Gemma joins Turner Prize nominated artist Tracey Emin at one of her favourite haunts in her home town of Margate, the Shell Grotto. Discovered in 1835, the winding passages are covered in mosaics created entirely of millions of seashells but how they got there is still a mystery. Tracey discusses her love for the shell grotto and why she will be relocating to her hometown, the infamous Walpole Bay parties she used to host, the music she listens to when she's painting in her studio, her passion for sea swimming and how it has shaped her life and work.

Tracey Emin joins Gemma Cairney in Margate's mysterious Shell Grotto.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Zawe Ashton20190428 (6M)

Actress Zawe Ashton joins Gemma Cairney to the talk about how she spends her leisure time shopping in retail parks and how these seemingly menial non-artistic places calms her. Born in Hackney in London Zawe attended Manchester University School of Theatre, where she gained her degree in acting. Her portrayal of Vod in Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong’s Fresh Meat won her a cult following and the diversity of her work across television, film and stage has attracted numerous accolades.
attended Manchester University School of Theatre, where she gained her degree in acting. Zawe recently joined Charlie Cox and Tom Hiddleston in Jamie Lloyd's West End production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Her latest book Character Breakdown is a unique look at life, work and the absurdities of contemporary life.

Zawe Ashton joins Gemma Cairney at her local retail park.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.

Actress Zawe Ashton joins Gemma Cairney to the talk about how she spends her leisure time shopping in retail parks and how these seemingly menial non-artistic places calms her.

Born in Hackney in London, Zawe attended Manchester University School of Theatre, where she gained her degree in acting. Her portrayal of Vod in Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong’s Fresh Meat won her a cult following and the diversity of her work across television, film and stage has attracted numerous accolades.

As well as talking about her love of shopping, Zawe also shares with us her childhood memories of Africa, why she loved playing the part of Vod and the importance of connecting with both your art and your audience.

Zawe Ashton will be in conversation with author Candice Carty-Williams in Shapeshifters at Brighton Festival on Sunday 12 May, 2019.

01Sir Paul Smith20190407 (6M)

For the first in a new series of The Leisure Society Gemma Cairney joins one of Britain’s foremost designers Sir Paul Smith in his London headquarters, a veritable Aladdin's cave of eclectic memorabilia, artwork, books and presents, and home to his collection of bicycles. Renowned for his creative aesthetic, which combines tradition and modernity Smith opened his first men’s clothing store in Nottingham in 1970. Since then he has expanded into over 70 countries. But before he started designing clothes he had a very different ambition; to be a professional cyclist.

Gemma will be finding out how he first got into cycling and what made him switch to fashion, as well as hearing from some of the artists that have shaped his career including David Bowie, Led Zeppelin and Christine And the Queens.

With fashion designer Sir Paul Smith.

Gemma Cairney interviews cultural icons about their pastimes, hobbies and loves.