What a town – ‘Nashvegas’ is what the local’s are calling it these days as it really does have that party atmosphere. I got very close to the Country Music Hall of Fame – I could feel a tingling in my bones as I stood in that room!
Then it was donning our gladrags and onto a night in the ‘Grand Ole Opry’ to see Ricky Skaggs and a host of other country artists. So exciting to be in this amazing venue!
I took my own turn performing in Nashville (it would have been rude not too!). I hired a guitar for $40 and signed up to a Songwriters Night at the Commodore Bar & Grill. What a thrill to hear the performers at this night.. some wonderful songwriters. I sang my most ‘Nashvilley song’: ‘Broken Woman Blues’ and got a brilliant reception! I was chuffed and it was such a buzz! It was brilliant to have my best friend/cousin/P.R/P.A/Photographer with me there through it all (Meadhbh!)
You can watch a video of my performance by following this link – I’m the third performer in the video – 6.33mins in –
So that was the U.S.A – it treated me mighty fine!
And don’t worry folks – the Irish Blues Scene treated me ‘shockin well’ this summer…
June was the brilliant Limavady Blues Festival
My sterling band played 2 stormer sets in ‘The Depot’ bar and ‘Douglas Bar’ over the weekend – great crowds and great responses all round so a job well done by The Clara Rose Band! Thanks to the committee for this lovely shot:
The 7 Hills Blues Festival Armaghhad me back this year but this time with my band in the cosy Hole in the Wall Pub, with it’s very own parrot who sported a spot on Armagh accent! Here’s a shot of me from the gig – I’m not looking down at the lyrics I promise!
To top off such an AMAZING summer of experiences to a soundtrack of Blues I came HOME to the drumlins of County Monaghan to play the legendary Harvest Time Blues Festival Monaghan
The Clara Rose Band played 3 high energy shows on the Blues Trail… Terry’s Bar… McKenna’s Brewery and The Shamrock Bar. We had them on their knees by the end of the weekend! ‘I Sing The Blues’ – Clara Rose @ Harvest Time Blues
These were amazing shows with such great audiences.
I met such cool people and it was the perfect way to end my Summer of Blues…. Summer 2015!
See y’all down the trail… Clara Rose x
Myself and Don have been on the road now for a few weeks and we are having a ball!
‘The High Tide Club’ in Castletownbere on 14th March was probably the single-most furthest place I’ve ever driven for a gig but it was also the single-most beautiful place for a gig. Georgina treated us so well and it was brilliant to play surrounded by the pleasing aesthetics of Sarah Walker’s art in her gallery. It was a great start to our tour!
Next stop was the ‘Mermaid Arts Centre’ in Bray on 28th March. The sound at this gig was by Eoin and I have to say this is what stood out for me.. it was a real pleasure to sing and play here – especially with the sublime Kevin Malone on drums. I’ve included a video of us performing ‘Hesitation Blues’ on the night – this gives a flavour of ‘the craic’ on the night in question! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDpXwmfO5hc
The 3rd gig was in The Kenyon Bar in Nenagh on 2nd April. This is one of those ‘hidden gems’ of venues we have dotted around Ireland. Our host/soundman on the night was Brendan – a big fan of Don and the blues. The audience here were enraptured for the night and treated to an amazing ‘Dons Train’ from the man himself:
We finished the night off in true Rock and Roll style with a cuppa tea!
Next stop is The Civic Theatre in Tallaght next Friday 10th April – tickets can be bought from here: http://www.civictheatre.ie/whats-on/don-baker/
For a full list of gigs go to my gigs page: https://www.clararosemusic.com/gigs/
Looking forward to sharing more memories… both of life on the road and musical as the Baker Rose tour continues!
Next Thursday 9th April I’m performing at a very special night – the kind of thing songwriters love… it’s called ‘Songwriters in the Round’ and there are 3 songwriters who play 6 songs each and share the story of the song.
The songwriters performing at this one are myself, Gar Tiernan and Liam O’ Maonlai.
The gig is in the ‘Hole in the Wall’, High St., Kilkenny at 8..30pm and its €10 admission.
Really looking forward to singing at this special night!
I recently performed to a packed, steamy audience in the coolest venue in Dublin in March, ‘Abner Browns Barbershop’ – Rathmines. There’s really nothing like it when you perform to an audience like this – they listen, they holler and they LOVE the music!
I also had the pleasure of performing with my great friend and amazing vocalist Paula Higgins for the first time. The magic was captured in this gorgeous video by Razor Cuts Productions to my new song, ‘Tightrope Walkers’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JL3Z5ftgI4Y
I hope you like the new song – looking forward to recording it later this year!
2015 will be a big year for Clara Rose & Don Baker as they embark on recording an album together. They are currently working in the studio finishing a collaborative album that is due for release later in the year. The album is a mixture of original songs by Don Baker and Clara Rose – it is shaping up nicely!
From March onwards they will tour the album in various venues nationwide – see the ‘gig listings‘ for details. Their show promises to be an intimate exponent of their songwriting styles and musical rapport.
See Clara Rose & Don Baker in action – their latest music video where Clara performs Don’s powerful song “Never Let You Down”.
September 2014 has and is a great month for Clara Rose inc…
I kicked things off with 2 stomper gigs at the Harvest Time Blues in Monaghan. This was with the full band and we had a rockin’ weekend rolling around Monaghan, hearing some amazing artists and rocking out at our own gigs. What a brilliant festival and melting pot of all kinds of blues and all in the town of Monaghan! Long may it continue 🙂
My first appearance in Dublin’s famous venue The Olympia is coming up this Sunday 21st September. I’ll be performing with The Don Baker Band at a fundraiser for Gaza through Amnesty International. On the ‘Gig for Gaza‘ bill are a host of other great acts; Paul Bray, The Stunning, Francis Black, Paddy Casey and Big September. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.
I’m flying to Bella Italia next weekend to perform in Tricesimo (1 hour north of Venice) at the Madame Guitar festival. I’m really looking forward to this festival and soaking up the last of the autumn sun (and red wine!!) in Italy.
October is going to be good too with more performances lined up with The Don Baker Band at the renowned Guinness Cork Jazz Festival!
So it’s all go for Clara Rose… and I couldn’t have it any other way!
Clara Rose has two great gigs this July!
Friday 25th July: Clara will launch her new E.P “Queen of the Late Night Radio” in Adamsons of Clones – in her home County of Monaghan. The Clara Rose band will play a stormer two hour set. Get rockin’ down to Adamsons on Friday night!
Saturday 26th July: Clara Rose will play the main stage of the famous Dublin venue: Whelans at 8pm on Saturday. This is as part of the “Bluegrass, Country & Roots Festival” held by Whelans over the weekend. http://www.whelanslive.com/index.php/whelans-bluegrass-country-roots-festival-2/
Admission is free and there are 3 other great acts playing; One Horse Pony, Handsome Boatmen and Prairie Dawgs.
Clara Rose “Queen of the Late Night Radio”
– A new 4 track E.P –
A live studio recording
The E.P was engineered by Gavin Ralston (Silverwood Music) at The Meadows Studios (Wicklow) – her 8 piece band played live and the magic was captured both on audio and visual mediums. Four tracks in five hours. A video of each track is available on the Silverwood Music Youtube Channel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAVLXxZ0XNo&list=PLtL1Udy2xa0rejuQVTt9tawRnXf-RkV9P
The E.P featuring guest artists, Cathy McEvoy (fiddle) and Don Baker (harmonica on “Queen of the Late Night Radio”). Clara’s collaboration with Don began in 2013 when she was a featured artist on his album “My Songs, My Friends”. She is fresh from a lauded nationwide tour with Don Baker and they are planning future collaborations.
She had a recent successful solo tour of Austria/Switzerland/Italy with the “Celtic Spring Caravan” and will spend the rest of 2014 promoting her new release.
You can download the E.P by visiting this link: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/clararose2
An exciting month as I launch my brand new, LIVE RECORDING of 4 tracks! The E.P is titled “Queen of the Late Night Radio”.
I recorded the E.P in The Meadows Studios with my 7 piece band and special guests, Cathy McEvoy on Fiddle and Don Baker on harmonica. We did the recording “old school” and live – the band are cookin’ and I hope people will enjoy the ‘live’ sound! The session was engineered by Gavin Ralston.
There will be some “pre sales” at my gig in The Cafe Sessions, Chapter One Cafe, Cavan on Thursday 22nd May.
The big launch night is happening on 29th May in The Grand Social at 8pm. There are 4 acts in total on the night who are all part of Silverwood Music (http://silverwoodmusiclabel.com/new/?page_id=103)
– Clara Rose
– Watson Ace https://www.facebook.com/WatsonACE
– Scott Maher https://www.facebook.com/scott.maherartist
– Eviston https://www.facebook.com/evistonmusic
This is going to be one big launch party of new, original Irish music – this is where it’s at!
So come on down and support Irish music – it’s within us, it’s out there, come out and find it 🙂
Doors @8pm —————— Admission €10
Here is my New Song ; ‘Love Sweet Love’ in ‘Kammgarn’, Schaffhausen, Switzerland. I performed this at the closing show of my recent 16 date tour “Celtic Spring Caravan” (22nd March 2014).
This track will be performed at my upcoming gigs in Chapter One, Cafe Sessions – Cavan town on 22nd May and at the E.P Launch Night in The Grand Social on 29th May,
I hope you enjoy the song! If you do, feel free to share it online with your friends and whoever else will listen!
All rights reserved – Clara Rose 2014