I’m very proud to be an ongoing participant in and supporter of the Hannah Festival. I’ll be away for the festival this coming week so am making my pre-emptive offering today to help kick the festival off to a punk rock start!
The festival is named after Hannah Mitchell, suffragette and socialist from a poor Derbyshire background. She worked for her socialist ideals, women’s suffrage and pacifism, eventually becoming a Labour MP and magistrate – her story is amazing and inspring. In her honour, I decided to have a stab at a cover of a favourite song of mine by another of my heroes, the aptly named Kathleen Hanna, also founder of the feminist Riot Grrl punk feminist movement. The timing of this couldn’t feel more right, to have a go at expressing creativity, pride and anger in one foul swoop, and thanks to the Hannah Festival for giving me a reason to try something new.
This is the first recording I’ve attempted alone, and was done this morning on a crappy phone app – it’s rough and ready – could be better and more polished but it is done with punk rock feminist spirit at heart.
[original by Bikini Kill 1993, written by Kathleen Hanna]