About

Carter’s Fair. Photo by Helena Dornellas

Sioux and Gypsy blood runs through Clara’s veins. An exceptionally versatile musician, captivating performer and one of the most original singer-songwriters to emerge from the East London scene, Clara brings a refreshing twist to the folk tradition creating an unmistakable bluesy sound with a continental twist. Carried by the power of a virtuosic voice, her adventurous melodies take unexpected, serpentine turns, her English lyrics breaking into Spanish, French, Catalan as spellbinding stories unfold. She accompanies herself on baroque guitar, charango, Indian harmonium, telecaster, mandolin, a collection as varied as her background.

Born in France, raised in Barcelona, she has grown, after a lengthy tenure in the metropolis, into a Londoner.

In an impressive back catalogue of recordings, theatre and screen credits, Clara features in many movie soundtracks including “The Hobbit”, “Snow White and the Huntsman”, “The Hunger Games” and has appeared at many international festivals, including Glastonbury, The London Jazz Festival and Womad, and mingled with artists from all disciplines:

 James Horner (Titanic), Nigel Kennedy, Jarvis Cocker, James Newton-Howard, The Count & Sinden, Natacha Atlas, Nizlopi, The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, Ludwig Wicki & 21st Century Orchestra, Cobla Sant Jordi, Alberto Iglesias, Rachel Portman, Jocelyn Pook, Avshalom Caspi, Eliseo Parra amongst many.  As an actor-musician she appeared at the National Theatre and The New Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and on screen alongside Al Pacino in The Merchant of Venice movie (Mike Radford 2004), on radio with Bill Nighy, in concert under the guidance of Karlheinz Stockhausen, the forefather of electronica. She tours as soloist with The Lord of the Rings in Concert working in close collaboration composer with Howard Shore, who chose her voice for the soundtrack of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

She is also the featured vocalist in Simon Schama’s recent BBC2 documentary “The Story of the Jews” and her song “Nada Igual”, as heard in “La Reina del Sur” was no. 1 in the iTunes charts of Mexico.

Since she burst into the global music scene in 2006, with the highly acclaimed album “Clara & The Real Lowdown “, produced by maverick producer and composer Harvey Brough, they’ve recorded another two albums:  “Hopetown House” featuring The Real Lowdown, a collective of the finest folk, jazz and world musicians in London, and “The Emblem”, released in February 2012.

With her forthcoming 4th album, produced by Harvey Brough (Harvey and the Wallbangers) and recorded by Peter Schwier (Dexys) she returns to her roots with an elegy to exile, told in Spanish, Catalan, French and English. “Scattered Flight” – Songs of Spanish Exile, features stellar guests including Eliseo Parra, Cobla Sant Jordi, The Elysian Quartet, and will be released in 2014.

Clara also illustrates her own albums, parts of this website, and takes commissions from other like-minded people who need drawings.

PLAUDITS:

Lee Hall (author of Billy Elliot) about “The Emblem”:

“It’s amazing. Sounds as fresh as paint. It’s completely individual, strange, melodic, evocative, beautiful lyrics, beautifully produced. A triumph!”