Ahead of her ‘Postcards In-between’ exhibition and event in Dublin this weekend, Irish alt-folk star Maria Kelly has joined forces with Ciaran Lavery on a beautiful, delicate reworking of her 2021 single ‘Martha’ from her album, The Sum of the In-between .
Released today, Wednesday 27th April 2022 , Maria Kelly ‘Martha (postcards version) feat. Ciaran Lavery’ will be released on VETA Music .
Maria Kelly says: “‘Martha’ was the lead single of my album ‘The Sum of the In-between’, and we purposely made it upbeat, with a full arrangement, and with a thread of humour running through the whole thing. A perfect radio single.
“But when I first wrote ‘Martha’, it was a track that held a lot of sadness – it was about finding yourself in a place you no longer recognise, and trying to find a way forward, and I think you feel this a lot more with the acoustic version. I loved reimagining this track with Ciaran – I’ve been a fan of his for a few years now, and I think his voice brings something so special to this track.”
Ciaran Lavery says: “I first listened to Maria’s album on a dog walk in Aghagallon and I was taken by the consistent honesty and weight of the collection. As a writer it’s something to strive for, so naturally I was both impressed and envious of the work. When Maria asked if I would contribute to these reworkings I didn’t have to give it too much thought. ‘Martha’ is a beautiful song, wonderfully understated and one that I am very proud to have lent my voice to.”
Maria Kelly’s ‘Postcards In-between’ project comprises an exhibition, a tour and new music and brings together some of Ireland’s finest artists to have conversations about mental health and the supports that are available, including the services provided by Minding Creative Minds . For tickets and further details see here .
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