Gig review: Martha Ffion, Hug & Pint, Glasgow

She's originally from Ireland, but Glasgow and Martha Ffion were made for each other.
Martha FFion. Picture: FacebookMartha FFion. Picture: Facebook
Martha FFion. Picture: Facebook

Martha Ffion | Rating: *** | Hug & Pint, Glasgow

Her songs are intensely indie in a style which the city has made its own, with the sensitive, countryish guitar jangle of her music and the rich, wistful textures of her voice reminding vividly of Camera Obscura, amongst others.

Over eight songs and an unplanned encore, Ffion and her four-piece band cycled through the delicately harmonised beat group pop of the well-named Sugarcoat and the tender, cheerful elegia of We Disappear, described by its composer as a song about Glasgow; a stand-out snippet of lyric mourning.

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Her lightness of touch disappeared somewhat at the end, with the grinding guitars and hard-hit drums of No Applause and the almost punkish encore of School Nurse changing gear with assured and exciting confidence.