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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)
My new album, ‘The Offering’ was officially launched in February 2018 with two sell-out launch shows in Dublin and Monaghan. Both shows featured performances from The Clara Rose Band and some special guests. Here’s a small snapshot of the Dublin show:.
Clara Rose Album Launch, The Underground, Dublin
Saturday 17th February 2018
My Dublin album launch took place in one of Dublin’s newest venues, The Underground, Dublin. I chose this venue because it’s intimate, funky, great vibe with top drawer sound and the Guinness is good. I wasn’t disappointed. It was all that for the launch and much more! The proprietor Abner Brown treats all musicians so well and he has a great love of music himself. A music venue that’s ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC. What more could you want?
All in all the night was exactly how I planned: Rock n’ roll.. hot… sweaty… full of great people and good vibes.
M.C on the night was my album Producer and Radio Nova DJ Gavin Glass. Greeting the audience with “Hello you beautiful dreamers” and saying a few lines about recording the album in Orphan Recording he got the night kicked off in style!
Opening the show we had the musical stylings of up and coming bluesman Colm Skwirbat (Performing ‘Too Much Alcohol’ live). His rare vintage guitars and cigar-box guitars and old style blues were real treat for the audience!
The Clara Rose Band took to the stage at 9pm and treated the packed house to a full on 2 hour show! It was non-stop rock and roll. We performed the album, ‘The Offering’ in it’s entirety as well as some of my back catalogue and a sprinkling of blues classics such as, the epic ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ (Etta James) and a romping ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ (B. B King).
Guitarist – Sean Beatty & Bassist Tony McManus Clara & Michael Black -Drummer
What made the night even more memorable for me was that we were joined by three very special guest vocalists, Claire McLaughlin and Paula Higgins and my wonderful mother Elizabeth Monahan! Their sublime vocals brought the sound to a whole new level and it was one of the pleasures of my life sharing the stage with these three women on this night of nights.
Top left: Claire McLaughlin, Top right: Paula Higgins
Bottom left: Elizabeth Monahan, Bottom right: Clara Rose
All that was left on that stage at the end was blood, sweat and one or two tears… It was such a pleasure to perform for such a great crowd and I loved EVERY single moment of it.
If you were there and you’re reading this thank you SO much for your support!
If you WISH you were there, see you next time 😉
Enjoy the album folks
Lots of love,
Clara Rose x
(All Photography by Alan Monahan)
Clara Rose is set to release her second studio album, ‘The Offering’ on 17th February 2018. It is a collection of 10 songs that bring the listener on a journey through folk rock, blues, funk, soul and contemporary folk. There are 9 original tracks penned by Clara Rose and Big Momma Thornton’s ‘Ball and Chain’ get’s the Clara Rose treatment as the penultimate track.
The album was produced and recorded by Gavin Glass in Orphan Recordings over 7 days of peace, joy and sweet music. It features stellar performances from The Clara Rose Band (Sean Beatty, Tony McManus & Michael Black) aided by the musical professor Gavin Glass and guest appearances from vocalists Elizabeth Monahan, Claire McLaughlin and Paula Higgins. We were lucky enough to attain the talents of legendary brass section Michael Buckley & Ronan Dooney who make three tracks gleam with soul and violinist Cathy McEvoy adding to the rootsy folk elements of the work.
Clara Rose has been writing and performing for over 10 years – her acclaimed debut ‘A Portfolio’ (2010) brought her onto the scene and she hasn’t relented! Her live E.P ‘Queen of the Late Night Radio’ (2012) ignited a collaboration with harmonica player/song writer Don Baker and she went on to appear on his album ‘My Songs, My Friends’ with a host of other Irish artists (including Brian Kennedy, Sinead 0’ Connor and Eleanor McEvoy), this collaboration developed into a nationwide tour and release of their album ‘Baker Rose’ (2016).
Her 4th release to date, ‘The Offering’ album will be launched in two venues:
Dublin: ‘The Underground’ (64 Dame Street) 17th February, 8pm.
Monaghan: ‘The Market House’ (Market Street) 24th February. 7.30pm.
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”.