Clare Free is a passionate, award nominated songwriter and a fabulous singer and guitar player. She plays both with a band and solo. Clare’s performances are fiery, exciting and heartfelt.
Clare served her time with bands including Misdemeanor (With Matt Schofield, Gini Hobson, Maurice McElroy and Constance Redgrave of Spikedriver fame) she guested with Larry Garner and joined Dana Gillespie on two trips, one to India and the other to be the opening act at the Mustique Blues Festival every night for three weeks. Later Clare joined the band 99lbs.
Then, having finally made the decision to go it alone, she released her debut album “Be Who You Are,” in February 2010. The self-penned mixture of rock, country and blues propelled her into the limelight with excellent reviews in the UK and the USA.
In September 2010, she released the live EP “How It Is,” a four track CD of Clare’s own songs. It also received rave reviews and the limited edition copies sold out quickly. All four tracks from the EP reached the blues top ten with the international distributor CD Baby in the same week. One track (Funky Mama’s Kitchen Blues) reached the final in both the British Blues Awards (Kevin Thorpe Award for the Best New UK Blues Song) and the People’s Music Awards (Best Pop/Rock Song) She won the WRC Award “Best Acoustic Performance of 2011” and 2012 saw her nominated for Best Female Vocalist in the British Blues Awards.
In February 2012, Clare released her second album "Dust and Bones", again all tracks were written by Clare and the album recieved excellent reviews in the press in the UK, Europe and the USA.
On 1st April 2014 Clare released her third album 'Butterflies.' This intimate, fully acoustic, album saw Clare explore her singer/songwriter talent. Clare wanted to record the album outside the studio so she set about buying the recording equipment and set up a little studio in her own home. She played all the parts, wrote all the songs, and recorded the whole album herself. It was mixed and mastered by MARS studios. Butterflies received high critical acclaim in the press both in the UK and throughout Europe.
In September 2015 Clare released the single 'Sniper Fire' which, again, saw excellent reviews.
In November 2015, Clare and her husband David, welcomed their third baby. Clare started gigging again in July 2017 and has a new electric blues album planned for release in 2018.
Clare has had her music played on BBC Radio 2, BBC Three Counties, BBC Oxford, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, BBC Radio Norfolk and a host of online radio stations all over the world play her tracks regularly. She has been featured in Guitar and Bass Magazine, PlayMusic Magazine, Gear Magazine, Blues in Britain, Blues Matters, Classic Rock Blues, Blue Monday Monthly (USA), Blues News Norway, Guitar International Magazine and more. On top of this she's made countless live radio appearances.
Clare has also played at Skegness Rock and Blues Festival, Maryport Blues Festival, Upton Blues Festival , Blackburn Blues Festival, Broadstairs Blues Bash, Hebden Bridge Blues Festival, Scunthorpe Blues Festival, Beer Blues Festival, Gouvy Jazz and Blues Festival (Belgium.) Recently she has was made the patron of a new venue, The 61, in Lixhe, Belgium. For a more extensive list of places Clare has played please click here.
Clare is proud to endorse Fret King Guitars, Cort Acoustic Guitars, Twinstomp Effects, and Madison and Fifth Mono Guitar cases.
"With three highly acclaimed albums, a host of top Blues Festivals in the UK and overseas, and numerous international tours under her belt, Clare Free is a force to be reckoned with."