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Buffalo Woman, the electro duo of Tim O’Donovan and Neil Watkins’ new song ‘More Than God’ addresses something which is pertinent in the run up to the upcoming Marriage referendum. Rather than talk in abstracts about marriage, there are fundamental truths we as people must face in voting for on May 22nd. One of those truths is whether you believe in equality for all people no matter what their sexual orientation as it is real people we’re talking about who are affected.
Right now, gay people can’t get married, only civil partnered, which isn’t the same. Riyadh K is right when he says that that a gay or lesbian person is a second class citizen in this country for now, but hopefully not for long.
The stories from Riyadh, Andrew Hyland, and many others we’ve heard strike a chord because they are personal and human ones. ‘More Than God’ is Neil Watkins (with help from Sean Millar and music partner Donovan) addressing his own experience with his religious mother, who upon hearing her son was gay, responded with love.
We at Buffalo Woman believe that intimacy with another is a beautiful thing. Our song ‘More Than God’ uses the words of an Irish Mother to her son at a time when it was illegal to be gay in Ireland. We’ve come a long way. We can go just a bit further.
The duo play Le Galaxie’s Le Club launch on Friday night in The Academy.
Photo: Olga Kuzmenko