Video clip from the track 'Presence' on Claire's new EP release Autumn 2023
Claire McAllister - songwriter, voice and co-producer
Giuliano Parisi - piano
Martin Bowes - movement
Chris Taylor - sound engineer and co-producer
Richard Hardy - video
The album Caminos
While living in Spain and writing Caminos I worked with some wonderful musicians Rene Dossin, Julio Fuster, Pere Munuera to name a few and including sublime talent, Giuliano Parisi, jazz pianist, with whom I continue to collaborate.
Nomad!c is a 5 piece band featuring Claire McAllister on vocals, Pete Sheppard on guitar, two previous members of the Claire Phoenix Band, Tom Vincent on drums and Ian Thomson on Saxophone and Joe Yeadon on bass playing the warm, uplifting sounds of high quality jazz swing, gypsy swing and bossa nova.
Videos of Nomad!c
Lullaby of Birdland
Love for Sale
Nomad!c videos by Haydn Gregory
Photography: Adedoyin Adesina: www.adedoyinphotography.com/m
Claire McAllister is a singer songwriter and spoken word artist whose style blends elements from art song, ambient music and jazz. As a mother with a background in teaching and counselling Claire’s life experience provides rich resource for writing about our shared human experiences often asking questions or describing challenges and exploring ways to find meaning and joy.
The daughter of professional musicians she started writing songs in childhood and went on to play in numerous bands and ensembles including running a successful function band for 10 years. In 2010 she won the PureSolo vocal competition in association with Jazz FM and went on to study a Masters in Jazz performance at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music in 2014. In 2018 her album Caminos was released under the Turquoise Coconut record label and she was invited to perform on BBC Radio London on the Robert Elms show and was interviewed on London TV.
All the songs on the album are written, arranged, co-produced (with Richard Smith, TQ1 Studios) and sung by Claire with Giuliano Paris on Piano, Julio Fuster on bass and Pere Munuera on Drums. Caminos deals with themes of belonging/not belonging/finding your voice and not having a voice.
In her latest EP No Mud, No Lotus, Claire joins talented pianist/composer Giuliano Parisi again (Giuliano played on Caminos). Writing for this started in 2021 in the aftermath of the pandemic and finished early 2023. The songs speak about challenges common to many of us and the unexpected beauty that can come from them, not unlike the message of the book of the same title, written by Zen Bhuddist Thich Nhat Hanh. Performances of this work include dancer and movement collector Martin Bowes.
She has studied or worked with Dennis Rollins, Kate Williams, Ian Shaw, Liane Carroll, Brigitte Beraha, Carlos Lopez-Real, Scott Stroman and Malcolm Edmonstone to name a few.
“Her music and words strike 'an exquisite balance between captivating poeticism and softly-lit musical soundworlds” John Garner
"Minds (Caminos) is an emotive release featuring soulful vocal performances, delicate instrumentation and an addictive vibe.
This excellent release needs to be heard" - @fvmusicblog
"Minds (Caminos) is rich with such directed and deep lyrics behind a voice filled with melancholy. It goes straight to the heart. It is inspired by talent and professional experience" - New Artist Discoveries
Claire also runs and performs in the successful gypsy swing, bossa nova band Nomad!c.
You can call Claire on: 07395 618529
Or you can email: email@example.com