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SHELTER (2014) Debut Album by Clare O'Riordan
An effortlessly eclectic offering, fuses elements of rock, jazz, blues and folk recounted with soul..."EXQUISITE DEBUT FROM CORK CHANTEUSE"
(Colm O'Hare, Hot Press, October 2014)
WHAT'S BEING SAID
Shelter is full of beautiful songs, sung with that amazing voice of hers” (Fiachna Ó Braonáin, Late Date. RTE RADIO 1… 24/8/2014).
“I’ve never stopped playing [this album] since I got it. It's absolutely brilliant, a cracking album” (Bill Mitton, AllFM 96.9, A6 FOLK AND BLUES ROAD,
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“Beautiful smokey voice" (Cathal Murray, Weekend On One, RTE RADIO 1…..16/08/2014).
“Gorgeous dark soulful voice” ……….“superbly crafted originals” (Noel Casey, After Midnight, DUBLIN CITY FM….07/2014).
HOT PRESS MAGAZINE REVIEW (October, 2014) Clare O'Riordan’s debut album Shelter receives a 7 star rating from Colm O’ Hare. A few lines include:
"EXQUISITE DEBUT FROM CORK CHANTEUSE…….Clare O’Riordan has gone against the grain… on a debut that oozes self-assurance. Her voice and singing style are reminiscent of Joan Armatrading….Backed by a crack troupe of musicians, the tunes are a nice mix of smooth jazz, light funk and piano-based balladry – all exquisitely performed and deftly arranged. From the smoky, whispered ‘Home’ to the funky upbeat ‘Fire’….Clare truly hits the vocal heights on the sublime, sumptuous ballad ‘You’re The Man’…one of the many reasons to hear this excellent album. (Hot Press, P. 86, Vo. 38. Issue 17, Oct 01 2014). READ THE FULL REVIEW ON THE HOT PRESS WEBSITE HERE.
ABOUT THE ALBUM SHELTER: (Sample the album here).
“Love never leaves, just sometimes it hides” (Shelter, Track 6). Cork musician and singer/songwriter Clare O’Riordan released her independent debut album Shelter in the Summer of 2014. Launched on the 8th August in the Crane Lane Theatre, Cork, Clare gave an enthralling live performance. Shelter, an effortlessly eclectic offering, fuses elements of rock, jazz, blues and folk recounted with soul. This broad spectrum of styles is highly characteristic of her approach to songwriting that is “to write music that defies definition and boundaries, but appeals to the universal”, says Clare. Clare's distinctive vocal and piano sound permeate this eleven track album. She tells her stories “superbly crafted originals” with a “gorgeous dark soulful voice” (Noel Casey, Dublin City FM) reminiscent of both Annie Lennox and Joan Armatrading. In Shelter, Clare takes a mystical journey while examining the darkness on the edge of her being. “I took a look inside, I opened the place where the past lies,Let it all out to play and I watch as it fades away” (Home, Track 1). Soulful tracks such as ‘Home’ are delivered with a voice described by Cathal Murray as “beautiful” and “smokey”. ( Cathal Murray, Weekend on One, RTE RADIO 1). In her approach to songwriting Clare finds life itself and the people that she meets her greatest creative inspiration. "It all begins with a feeling, the creative process happens when I'm swept along in a moment and all that exists is the song” says Clare. Empathy plays a significant role in Clare’s songwriting demonstrated by tracks such as Angel, a hauntingly beautiful song inspired by the life and tragic death of a beautiful person.“All you see is the shadow of your wings as your waiting for your dawn, Hold on your dawn will come” (Angel, Track 9). Since the album launch date, the tracks 'Angel' and ‘Home’ has been very well received and have been aired numerous times on RTE RADIO 1 as well as independent radio stations both at home and abroad (for more see the News section). 'Home' also featured on RTE's Radio 1 recommended listening section..'Have a Listen' ..for a number of weeks...see RTE RADIO 1's archive here. Listen to the song 'Home' here. In all, each and every track on this album is considered and emotive. What really gels the album together is the beauty, power and dynamism in Clare’s voice and distinct vocal approach to each song. “[Shelter] is full of beautiful songs, sung with that amazing voice of hers” (Fiachna Ó Braonáin, Late Date. RTE RADIO 1)
THE RECORDING AND PRODUCTION OF SHELTER:
Shelter is an independent debut release by singer/songwriter Clare O'Riordan. The album was co-produced by Clare and Donnacha Moynihan and was recorded and mixed in the Rise Studio in Cork. It was mastered by L.A. based Ruairí O’Flaherty, string arrangements were written by Deirdre Moynihan