Clara Rose releases her new E.P, Travelling Soul on Tuesday 14th April. For this collection of songs, Clara collaborated with vocalist, Elizabeth Monahan (pictured above beside Clara) who just happens to be her mother!
The new E.P from Clara Rose, Travelling Soul is a departure from her usual powerhouse vocal style to a more soulful, contemporary folk genre. The 4 original songs on the E.P were written and inspired by time Clara spent on the beautiful Achill Island, Co. Mayo. The 5th track features her mother, Elizabeth Monahan, on lead vocals and is a version of the traditional country classic, Red River Valley. The recording interestingly features both of Clara’s parents, her mother, Elizabeth on vocals and father, Alan on Banjo on title track, “Travelling Soul”. Recorded and mixed by Marion McEvoy (Panchord Studios) there is also fiddle by Cathy McEvoy and percussion by Shane Atlas. Resulting in a feast for the ears of stories, song and soulful music.
Watch the video for the title track ‘Travelling Soul’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UsQ0jRu7WQ
Clara Rose curates an evening of music in The Garage Theatre, Monaghan to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020. Homegrown local artists Annie June Callaghan and Bronagh McCabe will join forces with Clara Rose for an evening of their songs and stories. Each artist brings their unique gifts to the show, resulting in a combination of stunning vocals, rock, soulful blues, power punk, dark roots and contemporary folk. This promises to be a night to remember, celebrating Women in Music in Monaghan.
This concert is also part of Clara Rose’s 2020 live album recording project where a series of her shows will be recorded to create a live album. Her set at this concert will also be filmed as part of the project. Very exciting times!
Saturday March 7th @ 8pm. Tickets €20. Box Office: 047 39777
To buy tickets CLICK HERE
2020 see’s Clara Rose embarking on a live album recording project with her band, The Clara Rose Band. The recording will take place over series of shows in different types of venues to capture different vibes, sounds and music…
The first of these is the gorgeous Arthur’s Jazz & Blues Club on Thomas St., Dublin 1. This is on Friday 24th January. Tickets are €10 and can be bought on the door. If people come along they will be part of the live recording and experience the live album set played by:
Clara Rose – vocals, guitar
Elizabeth Monahan – vocals
Darragh Slacke – Electric guitar
Tony McManus – Bass
Gavin Taylor – Drums
The second of these shows is in The Garage Theatre, Monaghan on the 7th March. This is a special kind of night which deserves a post of it’s own! Scroll through the ‘news’ on this website to find out more. If you wish to buy tickets click here.
It was a dream come true to sing on the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury, UK with Ladies in the Blues http://www.ladiesintheblues.com .
Our set went down a storm and we had a rockin’ time!
We even got to meet the gentleman, Marti Pellow before our set:
View from the stage was epic…
A truly unforgettable experience x
It’s a sell out!
The Clara Rose Band had the recent honour of launching The Danny Boy Jazz and Blues Festival, Limavady, Co Derry in the beautiful Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre.
Clara’s Mam Liz Monahan was special guest on the night and the audience were treated to a few solo numbers from Liz as well as some gorgeous harmonies in Clara’s original songs.
Songwriter, guitarist and performer Darragh Slacke also performed a country-fied version of the Leonard Cohen classic, ‘Tower of Song’.
The band received a warm reception and a number of standing ovations throughout the show! Check back here for some live tracks of the show…
Thanks to all the crew at Danny Boy Jazz and Blues for having us, we loved the show.
In March 2019 Clara Rose and her Mam Liz Monahan (top picture above) performed their version of Dolly Parton classic, ‘Jolene’ on TG4 Show, “Realta agus Gaolta”. The show was presented by the lovely Sile Seoige (bottom picture). It was a great experience to have together and they even got to show off their Irish! Well, to be honest, Liz really showed Clara up on that front… 😉
THATS A WRAP!
If you’re wondering why things have been a little quiet on the Clara Rose front these days it’s because I’ve been on a nationwide tour with these gifted women: Grainne Hunt, Jhil Quinn and Emma Nicolai. AKA: “Ladies in the Blues”
We had a successful run of shows in some of Ireland’s beautiful theatre spaces including, ‘Theatre Royal’ (Waterford), ‘Firkin Crane’ (Cork Jazz Festival), Watergate (Kilkenny) and Glor (Ennis). It was so much fun singing with my sistas of blues! Between an appearance on RTE news.. a few ladders in a few tights… James Delaney on a grand piano (in Glor) and singing our heart out at a late night trad session in Ennis.
It was not without it’s dramas and tales but the highlight is always being on stage with these fine musicians, paying tribute to the ladies of the blues in the best way we know how. X
Join us in Caffrey’s on New Years Eve to ring in the new year in style!
4 course meal
What a night we have in store for you all!
Clara Rose had her Monaghan Album Launch in Monaghan’s beautiful heritage arts centre, ‘The Market House’ on Saturday 24th February. The sold out show was a great night with performances from The Clara Rose Band and special guest appearance from, ‘The Monahan Family’ (my wonderful parents Alan & Liz Monahan) fresh from their mini-tour of Northern Italy in January 2018!
(TL: Liz & Clara, TM: Gavin Taylor, TR: Liz Monahan, ML: Clara Rose, M: The Clara Rose Band, MR: Tony McManus, BL: Sean Beatty, BM: M.C. Pat Deery, BR: Alan Monahan)
Audience members were treated to a full evening’s entertainment by The Clara Rose Band:
Clara Rose (guitar, vocals)
Sean Beatty (guitar)
Tony McManus (bass)
Gavin Taylor (drums)
And special guests:
Alan Monahan (vocals, guitar)
Elizabeth Monahan (vocals and general banter!)
We had a gorgeous wine & drinks reception in the surrounds of The Market House. Sound on the night was by the legendary Ronnie O’ Flynn and the concert was M.C’s by Clara’s uncle Pat Deery.
Thanks SO much to you all for your continued support. It means a lot to me as I love to sing!
Lots of love,
Clara Rose x
(Photography by Alan Monahan & Photo of Alan by Mark Sherlock)