This August has been a whirlwind for me as a wee blues woman. I have been working with Don Baker (www.donbaker.ie) for 2 years now – playing shows and recording vocals for his new album “My Songs, My Friends” due for release on 20th September. Last Wednesday I went down to David Cantwells’ photography studio (www.davidcantwellphotography.com) for a photoshoot – promo shots for Don’s album. What a fun evening! Involved in the shoot were Brian Kennedy, Paddy Casey & Mik Pyro aswell as Don and myself. With my hair done and glad rags on I had a great evening of hair flicking, pouting and laughs! The results can be seen here: www.donbaker.ie AND www.facebook.com/donbakerband
This weekend (23rd – 25th August) sees me making my London Debut. I have 2 gigs…
Fri 23rd in ‘The Constitution Pub’ 42 St. Pancras Way, Camden. Doors at 7.15pm.(www.bugbearbookings.com/bugbear-elsewhere)
Sat 24th in ‘Ain’t Nothin But’ (Blues Bar) 20 Kingly Street, Soho – Special Guest @ Niall Kelly’s Blues Jam from 4-8pm. (www.aintnothinbut.co.uk)
There are no words to describe my excitement! I can’t wait to meet new people, hear new great music and get a real feel for the ‘London scene’. The kitchen table in my wee cottage is covered in set lists, guitar strings, airline ticket print offs and “to do lists”… you could cut the anticipation with a kitchen knife.
Tonight I will also be making my English Radio Debut as I will be played on FromFM (www.frome.fm/programmes/music/blues-train/) by Dave Watkins on his acclaimed blues show “The Blues Train” from 8-9pm. Listen in on this link: www.frome.fm
So lets journey on another while and keep truckin’… maybe we will find some answers further on down the trail…
Over and out!
Clara Rose x
Clara Rose will play a host of dates in exotic places such as Dublin, Northern Ireland and London this Autumn and finish up back with her roots at The Harvest Time Blues Festival on 7th and 8th September. Just in time for her Birthday celebrations on the 7th September! Check out the dates by visiting the gig guide… 🙂
Five Irish “Women Who Rock” take to the stage in the iconic & intimate Bewleys Cafe Theatre for a special show on Friday 3rd May.
This is going to be one hell of a show folks & is not to be missed, the perfect start to your Bank Holiday Weekend!
Rachael McCormack (www.breakingtunes.com/rachaelmccormack)
A powerhouse singer songwriter from North Dublin. Her voice has more honesty than the right hand on the bible, she plays her guitar every time like it’s the last time & her gift for songwriting makes her a true talent.
Sinead McNally (www.soundcloud.com/sineadmcnally)
A singer/songwriter and pianist from Dundalk. She won ‘Best Female’ at the Music Review Unsigned Awards in December. Chris De Burgh has endorsed Sinead as “talented writer” and music journalist Jackie Hayden wrote: “McNally’s vocal style owes a little to Sinead O’Connor and Dolores O’Riordain and her fine piano fills are reminiscent of Bruce Hornsby..”
Corrina Jaye (www.breakingtunes.com/corrinajaye)
Indie-folk pop infused with just a touch of blues Corrina as been making waves since the release of her debut single “Dark Room”.
Sinead White (www.soundcloud.com/sinead-white-1)
Kildare based Songstress Sinéad White with a voice as pure as snow…her vocal tones and piano prowess reflect Regina Spektor and The Cure… and her expressive songs show real depth and passion in between the lines.
Clara Rose (www.clararosemusic.com)
With a sensuous, soulful voice and carefully crafted songs… These elements combine to create each one of her unforgettable live performances. Her critically acclaimed debut album, “A Portfolio” brought a mix of ballsy blues & rootsy folk to the scene and is currently writing material for her awaited follow up album!
So get into Bewleys early on Friday 3rd May & let these Women Rock You!
See you there folks x
Check out my new music video to NEW song, “Mama Dear”. Filmed on location in Ardgillan Castle by the lovely folks at Aertv Back to Basics. Featuring vocals by Mama Liz Monahan. We had alot of fun making this… especially exploring the castle in between takes! Click THIS link… and enjoy…
Clara Rose: Big voice, Back kitchen blues & some old fashioned Rootsy rock banter…
Clara Rose has a sensuous, soulful voice and carefully crafted songs… These elements combine to create each one of her unforgettable live performances.
She recently released her debut video to original album track “Broken Woman Blues” and is a featured artist on the upcoming Don Baker album release, alongside Irish legends such as Sinead O’ Connor, Damien Dempsey, Paddy Casey, Finbar Furey & Eleanor McEvoy. Album due for release in 2013 & followed by an extensive tour.
Her critically acclaimed debut album, “A Portfolio” is available from www.cdbaby.com
Clara Rose is busy making plans, taking bookings and thinking about the year ahead. 2013 is looking good with a Mini-Tour of the North East (Monaghan/Cavan) already shaping up nicely and an appearance at the critically acclaimed “Nighthawks” – Dublin Arts Collective Evening of Music, Poetry & Drama in The Cobalt Cafe on 9th February. Exciting and creative times ahead folks… watch this space!
November 2012 sees some exciting developments on the visual side of Clara Rose! She successfully launched a beautiful new look website (which you are NOW perusing) designed by the wonderful Frank Halligan AND her very first music video directed and shot by award winning Mark Watson on location in Co. Monaghan. The new visuals were launched with a rocking gig in Master Deerys, Monaghan town as part of their 10 year anniversary celebrations. Special guest on the night with The Clara Rose Band was Irish Blues Harmonica Legend: Don Baker. This appearance was ahead of his upcoming album launch for, “My Songs, My Friends” on which Clara Rose is a featured artist – alongside the cream of Irish Musicians such as: Sinead O’Connor, Damien Dempsey, Finbar Furey, Eleanor McEvoy, Liam O’Maonlai, Mick Pyro… to name a few…
The music video is set to a track off her debut album, “Broken Woman Blues” and features 2 bungling detectives caught in a time warp chasing the trail of a blues musician around Co. Monaghan in the 1950s… some beautiful vintage cars courtesy of Moses & Scanbitz, and the impeccable Monaghan countryside… but who is the murder victim….? You have to watch it to find out!
Clara Rose debuted her latest song “The Bird Machine” on Shannonside Northern Sound today. Listen to the song on the website player to your left
Fresh from her Marlay Park appearance with The Don Baker Band – where she shared a stage with veteran blues harmonica legend Don Baker & sang alongside Sinead O’ Connor – Clara Rose is now planning her music video launch and also a NEW LOOK website… check this space for future details!