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Miriam Clancy

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"With just eleven songs on Lucky One, her stunning debut album, Auckland’s Miriam Clancy has immediately claimed her place in the long Kiwi tradition of great singer-songwriters.

Inspired by the likes of Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Bob Seger and Sheryl Crow, this feisty young woman has delivered an album that impresses for its lyrical maturity, sophisticated songcraft, her commanding and distinctive voice, and the raw emotions on display.

Lucky One springs out of the speakers on catchy pop-rock tracks such as Don’t Let It Get You Down, seduces with melodic subtlety on heartfelt ballads like Giving Up the Day and Dry Your Eyes, and reaches for those deep unspoken parts of the soul with songs of sorrow and loss like the very personal And So It Begins and The Game.

Lucky One is an album of texture and nuance, of memorable lyrics, and melodies which grab on the first hearing. Just great songs.

If intelligent singer-songwriters and Americana alt.country artists just off the edge of the mainstream appeal to you, then you’ll need no further invitation to listen up to Miriam Clancy.

She has stories to tell and a passionate voice full of emotional honesty.

It has been a long journey, but Miriam Clancy has arrived."

Lucky One (Desert Road Records) ***** (5 Stars) - Graham Reid

"It could almost be a sin to love Miriam Clancy's pain if it wasn't so cathartic. But on a debut album that puts the person back into personal, songs like "The Day The Earth Stood Still", "The Game" and "And So It Begins" fall apart and expose frailties and wounds in such a beautifully beguiling, bare to the bones way, you can't help yourself for wanting her to hurt some more. An album to lose and find yourself in".
Mike Alexander, Sunday Star Times, August 6, 2006.

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Shade
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Miriam Clancy Abducted By Aliens
Posted: Wed May 13, 2009 3:33 pm
Miriam Clancy has been abducted by aliens. They've used her in experiments, probing her with a curious selection of moody instruments and mixing her with the blood of some of the great singer/songwriters of our time. Lucky for us mere mortals, they've teleported her back to earth implanted with an endless wealth of new experiences and even deeper, more heartfelt stories to share.

When I Do is the first single from Miriam's forthcoming album and features Aaron Tokona (Weta) on electric guitar, Chip Matthews (Open Souls) on bass, Chris O'Connor (Don McGlashan, S.J.D.) on drums and Miriam playing a 150 year old Spinete, a toy synth she found in an opshop and pretty much everything else.

The gravity defying video was directed by the very talented Tim Van Dammen (Smashproof, Motocade, Sola Rosa and The Checks) who has managed to ingest a haunting and ethereal twist to this fabulous new single from one of NZ’s most talented song writers. Twilight anyone? The song is going out to radio this month on the Kiwi Hit Disc and the video is playing on TV screens near you including Juice TV and C4 … or of course online... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr5vD3qpxu4

Her debut album - Lucky One was supported with lengthy tours following the release. Miriam played a mass of shows - supporting Ron Sexsmith and Wilco amongst them, went back to the US for a while, and carried on writing. At a piano was where she found herself and a good deal of new songs and now they are on an album beautifully recorded by Andre Upston (Bic Runga). She's received blinding praise for that stunning debut and now Miriam Clancy looks ready to impress the rest of the known universe with a constellation of truly magnetic new songs that can't help but stick to even the most repellent heart. Yes, Miriam's got some stories to tell.

Miriam’s new album ‘Magnetic’ is due out later this year.
 

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Debut Album 'Lucky One'
Posted: Sat Jun 17, 2006 9:06 am
MIRIAM CLANCY

Debut Album: Lucky One
Release Date: August 2006

Inspired by the likes of Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Bob Seger and Sheryl Crow, this feisty young woman has delivered an album that impresses for its lyrical maturity, sophisticated songcraft, her commanding and distinctive voice, and the raw emotions on display.

'Lucky One' springs out of the speakers on catchy pop-rock tracks such as 'Don’t Let It Get You Down', seduces with melodic subtlety on heartfelt ballads like 'Giving Up the Day' and 'Dry Your Eyes', and reaches for those deep unspoken parts of the soul with songs of sorrow and loss like the very personal 'And So It Begins' and 'The Game'.

'Lucky One' is an album of texture and nuance, of memorable lyrics, and melodies which grab on the first hearing. Just great songs.

If intelligent singer-songwriters and Americana alt.country artists just off the edge of the mainstream appeal to you, then you’ll need no further invitation to listen up to Miriam Clancy.

She has stories to tell and a passionate voice full of emotional honesty.

It has been a long journey, but Miriam Clancy has arrived.

Graham Reid

http://www.miriamclancy.co.nz/
http://www.myspace.com/miriamclancy
 

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The Label Presents: Miriam Clancy
Posted: Thu Jun 8, 2006 9:01 pm
[PRESS RELEASE]

If Miriam Clancy’s name is new to you then you aren’t alone. Born in Auckland, from age six she grew up in Foxton well away from the music hubs of the country, and while she’s been singing for well over a decade it was always in someone else’s band. But this is her time and she knows it.

“It’s like I’ve been hiding under a rock until now,” she admits.

Clancy comes from a musical background -- her Croatian mother and Irish father both played in bands -- and artists like Little Feat and Neil Young (along with Irish music) were the soundtrack to her childhood.

She studied classical piano but her musical tastes were shaped by the melodic pop of Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie, and the angular funk of Prince in the 80s, and at 13 she discovered reggae.

At 16 she left school and after a few months in a lousy job hooked up with local musicians and started on the pub circuit singing AC/DC and Pat Benatar covers.

Since then she has come a long way: doing corporate gigs around Foxton and Levin; working with jazz musicians in Wellington; in Auckland clubs and on a trip to Malaysia with Ted Clarke’s Backdoor Blues Band; and singing in various bands (the Rockafellas, the Lyn Buchanan Band, with Del Piranha and the Rhythm Kings).

A trip to Los Angeles with a demo tape was so inspiring she started playing in singer-songwriter nights there and found that she was upping her game even more. “That atmosphere really fired me up,” she says while also acknowledging the influence of Johnny Cash on her recent work. She returned home from Los Angeles as a seasoned performer with a swag of new songs which became Lucky One.

She has stories to tell and a passionate voice full of emotional honesty.

It has been a long journey, but Miriam Clancy has arrived.
 

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