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Constituency work inspired musical MP's debut album

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Former Labour minister Kevin Brennan is set to become the first sitting MP to release a solo music album.

The Clown and the Cigarette, which features 13 folk songs written by Brennan, is due for release on October 26.

"I've always over the years written songs and now I've finally got around to recording my own album," Brennan, MP for Cardiff West, told The House. 

"Some MPs write a book or novel if they've got a creative bent. Mine happens to be in the musical field."

One single from the album, Tabernacle Lane, is already avaliable to listen to on streaming services, including Spotify. 

The song is based on constituency work Brennan undertook working for his predecessor, Rhodri Morgan. 

“There’s a variety of inspirations behind the songs on the albums,” the former minister said.

“I’m a little bit too old to write ‘she loves you yeah yeah yeah’ at this stage in my career, so I tend to write a bit more in the folk genre, trying to tell a story.”

The Clown and the Cigarette will be launched at Oxford Street's 100 Club next month. 

Brennan hopes to also release a vinyl copy of the album next year and possibly perform live shows. 

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