Clare Bowditch & the Feeding Set
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Clare Bowditch & the Feeding Set


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The best kept secret in music


"'What Was Left' Reviews"

Shaun Carney

"...a standout release...a triumph... There is no shortage right now of young female Australian singers...Bowditch is a cut above all of them. It's an album not to be missed."

THE AGE (album of the month)
What Was Left
"The perfect soundtrack for a long, languorous summer."

FRANKIE (9/10 stars)
What Was Left
"this girl is going to be a star!"

THE COURIER MAIL (4/5 stars)
What Was Left
"These are honest, heartfelt songs about everyday life, which of course, always works best"
- Various Australian dailies


What Was Left (EMI Music) 2005
Divorcee By 23 EP 2005
Autumn Bone 2004


Feeling a bit camera shy


On Sunday October 29 2006, Clare Bowditch topped off a remarkable year by being voted the Best Female Artist at the 2006 ARIA awards. While the majority of the viewing audience that night would have been saying to themselves “Who the hell is Clare Bowditch”, those that have fallen in love with the intricate arrangements of her compelling stories-via-songs were gently nodding their head in the recognition of such a wonderful album as What Was Left.

But lets back-track a little . . .

After returning full of verve from a year in exchange at a Canadian University, our young heroine won an Arts Vic grant to record her first solo album with a working title of Birds and Boats. It was to be a field recording of common sounds of the suburbs mixed with her own melodies and lyrics bringing in some of the concepts she had learnt from her ethnomusicology and radio documentary classes. Fortunately or unfortunately (depending how much you appreciate experimental music) as work started with her producer Marty Brown, who she had gleaned from her previous band Red Raku, the album became the mysterious yet occasionally light-hearted acoustic piece Autumn Bone which was released independently in 2004… And suddenly Miss Bowditch was away! Glowing reviews, constant RRR, JJJ and other community radio airplay gave her a national audience prompting relentless touring including support slots with Cat Power, Elvis Costello and Pete Murray plus performances at Meredith, Queenscliff and Port Fairy Music Festivals.

In October 2005, Clare Bowditch and the Feeding Set released their second album What Was Left. It followed on so naturally from where Autumn Bone left off. There were still some breezy acoustic pop moments, there was the same not-quite-fathomable instrumentation with an unassuming originality, an incredible narrative sensibility and an uncanny ability to tell stories as achingly personal as they are beautiful and joyous. But somehow the whole game had been lifted up a notch, and the media and public reaction to this showed. Some of the highlights post-release have been two songs included in JJJ’s Hottest 100, What Was Left being nominated for Best Album of the Year in the inaugural J Award, a European tour with Art of Fighting, supporting Bernard Fanning for his first album launch tour, fantastic A Day on the Green shows with Paul Kelly and Missy Higgins, an amazing experience of playing at the Perry Sand Hills for the Mildura Arts Festival, the Broad Shows way back in December and stack of other great festivals like St Jeromes Laneway Festival, Splendour in the Grass, The Great Escape and Womadelaide – but really there have been too many great times to mention them all.

Currently Clare, Marty and the band are bunkered down recording their third album and taking a year off to concentrate on the finer, yet simpler things in life... It seems like such a whirlwind few years of music, friendships, travel and laughter.