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)
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.
A new video of snapshots from The Clara Rose Band at this years wonderful ‘Harvest Time Blues Festival’ Monaghan – if you fancy experiencing some of the madness and music – then watch this video!
*Warning* this is ROUGH and READY!
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
This week I’m very excited about 2 shows with my band at the renowned Harvest Time Blues Festival in Monaghan town. We have 2 beautiful afternoon shows on the Saturday and the Sunday and we PROMISE to deliver high quality, toe-tappin, ranchy rootsy blues to take you through the afternoon!
Clara Rose (me…! Guitar and vocals)
Sean Beatty (Guitar)
Paul McCann (Bass)
Sean O’ Reilly (Drums)
I’m very lucky to be playing with these musicians and can’t wait to get rockin’ with them 🙂
Here are the gigs for the weekend:
Saturday: The Squealing Pig 2 – 4.30
Sunday: The Shamrock Bar 3 – 5
I describe our set for the weekend as a tasty burger… how about some Etta James… (sizzling red onions) … some Bo Diddley… (melted mozerella)… Memphis Minne… (juicy tomaters)… some great surprises… (hot jalepenos)… and of course some sumptuous Clara Rose originals… getting hungry for blues? Come on down to Monaghan town this weekend!