Edinburgh Popfest
CLARA BARKER

Clara Barker (pronounced like ‘Sarah‘ – call her ‘Klaara‘ at your own risk) – a singer/songwriter from the Isle of Man – has been writing songs since 1999 and while debilitating stage fright halted her entrance onto the live music scene until almost 8 years after her first song was written, she has been making up for lost time ever since. With sheer determination to ‘get out there and PLAY‘, Clara played open mic nights and hustled for support slots – even organising her own very successful ‘SaturdayJam’ night held at various pubs in the Isle of Man.

Armed with a steadily increasing family of songs, a mercifully decreasing feeling of impending doom and Jake, her trusty Crafter guitar, Clara has played in venues all over the Isle of Man, the UK and most recently New York City. She has been proud to warm up the audiences of Miles Hunt & Erica Nockalls (The Wonder Stuff), The Christians, Paul Young’s Los Pacaminos, Steve Gibbons, Morton Valence, Jon Gomm, Angelo Palledino & Jeff Lang. Her highly personal lyrics and catchy melodies have won her a steady following on the Island, and an army of loyal fans online.

Her debut album – ‘Indigo – available from all the usual outlets – was released in March 2010 to considerable acclaim. A review by Banter Magazine praises Clara’s “lyrical honesty” which is described as “refreshing in today’s musical landscape which, lyrics-wise, is so saturated by faux teenage angst or ambiguity disguised as profundity”

Hard Work & Whiskey‘, a live EP featuring 4 songs from ‘Indigo‘, 3 previously unheard tracks and some of Clara’s inimitable ‘chat and bantah’ in between was released in Autumn 2011. Hot on the heels of the EP Clara launched her first attempt to chart over the festive period with her single ‘Christmas In New York‘, which can also be heard on SBR’s 2012 Christmas album, ‘Enter Snowman

Clara’s second album, Fine Art & The Breslins‘ was released by Small Bear Records on May 4th 2014, featuring eleven songs of love, laughing, living and longing along with odes to sleep and Tennessee’s finest. It also features beautiful artwork by Oscar-nominated artist – and long-time buddy of Clara’s – Juan ‘Fine Art’ Moore.  Alasdair Stewart’s done a better job than we could have of talking about it HERE.  He’s also interviewed Clara in depth about the making of the album HERE.

Mid 2014 will also see an extensive digital reissue campaign of Clara’s previous releases.  Watch this space!

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BBC Introducing – Clara Barker from the Isle of Man

Specialties:Songwriter. Guitarist. Singer. Co-Producer. Raconteur. Performer. Marketeer. GRAFTER! Lover. Not-A-Fighter ;p