Martha Ffion releases a single, ‘Kennedy Hair’, on Eigg’s Lost Map label.
A Postman postcard single, the new track also launches a new subscription service from the label – run by Johnny ‘Pictish Trail’ Lynch.
Subscribers will get ‘Kennedy Hair’ plus a single from Savage Mansion (AKA Martha Ffion’s guitarist, Craig Angus), plus another postcard from the label archive, a membership badge and newsletter.
The new track from Glasgow-based Irish singer-songwriter Claire McKay, aka Martha Ffion, follows her debut release for the label, ‘No Applause’, in 2015. In the intervening time she has recorded for Welsh independent label Turnstile, before releasing several further critically-acclaimed singles and EPs, and in 2018, her Scottish Album of the Year Award nominated debut album ‘Sunday Best’.
“I wrote ‘Kennedy Hair’ after the Brexit referendum result,” explains McKay of her new single, “when Nigel Farage said it was ‘Britain’s Independence Day’ and that we should all be out celebrating. I was wallowing and feeling resentful towards all the politicians of the hour who are manipulating the truth/people to an extraordinary degree for personal gain.
“There’s a bit in an episode of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ where the gang decide that Dennis should run for a government position because he has “Kennedy hair” and will therefore impress voters. I thought that captured the message of the song wonderfully so it became the title.”
Ffion’s NPR World Cafe live session is also available to stream.