To play click here Spotlight 92
or right click the link to download for free
Clara Barker, 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 the 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 and the UK and has been proud to warm up the audiences of seasoned and established acts including The Christians, Paul Young’s Los Pacaminos, Steve Gibbons & The Dylan Project, Morton Valence, Jon Gomm, Angelo Palledino and 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 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 outrageously festive single Christmas In New York. Clara’s second album – The Good Ideas Club Strikes Again – is written and is currently in production. Good times! XD
Rob Gough is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist from Liverpool, England. Drawing on a wide range of influences including blues, rock, country, folk and indie, Rob has supported such acts as Midge Ure, Sandi Thom and Son of Dave. Since 2011 Rob has appeared at many festivals and performed at many of Britain’s top music venues with critical acclaim from many within the music industry.
‘One of the great Liverpool voices… an unrelenting beat aesthetic and an ever weather-eye from the back streets. A bit of Cave, a bit of Cash, a soupcon of Cohen, and a whole lot of Catherine Street…”
Jonathan Raisin, Lost Voices
Just By Chance are a duo comprised of singer-songwriters Andy Jones & Liz Owen. Drawing on a wide range of influences from folk and bluegrass to more modern pop and rock they have been touring extensively across the British Isles since 2010. They have been played on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6Music, BBC Radio Lancashire and recently supported Joan Armatrading and Midge Ure during their UK tours.
Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight 92: Friday 24th May 2013 – Clara Barker
If you get the chance, please support your local artists by joining their mailing lists, liking their facebook pages, following them on twitter, leaving them comments, going to their gigs, and buying their music direct from them where possible. The Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight is produced and presented by Graham Holland on behalf of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and is a proud member of the Association of Music Podcasting. The theme music is King of the Faeries by Andrew Ellis from his CD Midnight On The Water.
Graham Holland is the owner and editor of the Liverpool Acoustic website, and runs Liverpool Acoustic’s award-winning live music events with local musician Stuart Todd. In real life he’s a Web Development Officer, has been producing podcasts on a regular basis since July 2006, and runs a number of websites for other organisations. He lives in Wavertree with his husband and their cat Xiao Hei.