Claire Anne Taylor crafts soulful folk songs that are alternatively lush and intimately earthy. Her music ranges from warm, mesmerising ballads to epic anthems. With vivid storytelling, colossal vocals and a powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary.
ABC Radio’s Joel Rheinberger described Claire Anne Taylor as ‘the voice of Tasmania‘ and it is that voice with its soulful, velvet and world-worn quality that commands audiences to silence. With a distinctively emotive and powerful vocal ability that simultaneously expresses both an inner strength and a vulnerability, Taylor has garnered a reputation for her powerful live shows – tough and tender performances that see her develop an intimate rapport with fans.
Taylor has toured extensively around Australia, including two national album launch tours, a co-headline tour with William Crighton and two Festival Of Small Halls tours with Canadian artists The Small Glories and Dave Gunning. She has also played at numerous festivals, including: Byron Bay Bluesfest, Nannup Music Festival, Bello Winter Music, Mullum Music Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, Dashville Skyline, Illawarra Folk Festival and Dark Mofo.
Taylor released her critically acclaimed second studio album All The Words in January, 2019. Recorded in a cabin in Tasmania’s Huon Valley by Chris Townend (Portishead, Silverchair, Tim Finn), All The Words is a soulful masterpiece with Rhythms Magazine revealing ‘Rarely has such a warm soul been captured on record’.
Taylor’s highly anticipated third studio album, recorded at MONA’s Frying Pan Studios in Tasmania will be released in January, 2024.
Claire will be joined by her incredible band, including: the exquisitely tactful Beau Thomas on drums, consummate bassist Louis Gill, the tasteful and intuitive guitar and lap steel of Jethro Pickett and the astounding virtuosity of Randal Muir on keys, organ and piano accordion.
‘one of those rare artists that comes along once in a blue moon.’ – Shane Howard (Goanna).
‘One could make many a comparison when it comes to Claire Anne Taylor’s voice – Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell, early Mia Dyson, all spring to mind and all are evident in Taylor’s vocal delivery. But essentially, it’s hers and hers alone. Husky, smokey, velvet and barbed, it’s an instrument in itself and it commands your attention’ – Sydney Morning Herald