Claire Danaher
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Claire Danaher

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"Bright lights, small city"

It’s the same old story. A struggling New York City musician writes some songs and cuts an album, but then has to head north to London, Ontario to break through and become a success.
Well, not exactly, but it’s true that Claire Danaher did record her first collection of songs in New York, where she was living at the time. And she moved to London last summer when her husband, Bill, became dean of theology at Huron University College.
Growing up in Boston, she taught herself to play guitar at age 13, inspired at a summer camp in Maine. “I’m lucky to have a good ear. I’ve taken about two hours of music lessons in my life.”
Music was always a part of her life, but often in the background as she earned her MBA, worked as CFO of a secondary school in Tennessee and had two daughters, now ages 4 and 11.
“Music just bubbles out of me. Making this CD is kind of a childhood dream come true. My friends kept asking me when I was going to do it.”
Two years ago, she decided the time was right and hired a producer in New York. “It was a nine-month process at his studio. I had all the songs, but I rewrote and reworked some.”
She played with session musicians and produced a first-rate CD, measured by amateur or professional standards. Her voice is reminiscent of Amy Grant by way of Bonnie Raitt with a sprinkle of Mary Chapin Carpenter, supported and complemented by some nimble and stylish guitar playing. One of her musical heroes is Rickie Lee Jones.
“I write songs on my guitar, writing down lyrics and chords as I go,” says Danaher.
The CD is called What She Said and includes 12 songs, all original compositions that range from the introspective River to the inspirational He Loves You to the Celtic inspired My Bonny Girl. The thread running through much of the album is love is in its many form – fulfilled, lost or divine.
Since arriving in London, she has discovered the London Music Club, a downtown jewel for music lovers of all kinds. She has played there and at the Alex P. Keaton and plans to play more venues in the coming year. As much as she loves to perform, one of her dreams is to publish her songs. If singers with higher profiles find her songs, more people will hear them, and that is a dream Danaher continues to pursue.
Her CD is available for purchase at www.cdbaby.com or directly from her website, www.clairedanaher.com.
--Christopher Clark
February/March 2009 - London City Life Magazine


Discography

What She Said, with 12 original songs performed by a full band, was released in 2008. The songs are:
River
She's Going Away
What I Like The Best
Blue
New Year's Eve
My Bonny Girl
Let Me Take You Dancing
Take Another Look At Me
Muse
He Loves You
Can You Hear Me Calling
Anger

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You know how some people do what they love first in life, like travel or play music, then get on with life? Claire Danaher is doing it the other way around: after years of desk jobs and steady paychecks, it’s time to do what she really loves: music. All the waiting means she really has something to say, and she says it with passion and humor, connecting with her listeners. Claire has a clear voice and a clear picture of what's in her heart to share that can make you see it in your life -- or at least remind you that you want to look for it. Her genres are so many: folk, Americana, blues, dance hall, swing, to name a few. Her one-woman show grabs you, pulls you in, makes you laugh and tap your toes, and above all connects with you. “I call it ‘songs that sound great for me and my guitar’”, says Claire. Who hasn't been to the river that she sings about in "The River"? "What I Like The Best" and "Blue" remind you that married life is anything but dull. "Anger" takes you to that dark part in all of our hearts, while "M14" is a wickedly funny complaint about a hard-hearted bus driver. Tying the songs together is a funny and warm raport with her audience, who come away feeling like they've just spent some time with a good friend.