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Her music and words strike ‘an exquisite balance between captivating poeticism and softly-lit musical soundworlds.

– John Garner


Introducing Claire McAllister, an artist whose soft voice and soulful melodies create a soothing and immersive musical experience, drawing listeners into a musical world full with life portrayed events to which most of us can easily connect to.


Claire McAllister is a singer songwriter and spoken word artist whose style blends elements from art song, ambient music and jazz. As a counsellor and mother with a background in teaching Claire’s life experience provides rich resource for writing about our shared human experiences often asking questions or describing challenges and exploring ways to find meaning and joy.



The daughter of musicians she started writing songs in childhood and went on to play in numerous bands and ensembles including running a successful function band for 10 years. In 2010 she won the PureSolo vocal competition in association with Jazz FM and went on to study a Masters in Jazz performance at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music. In 2018 her album Caminos was released under the Turquoise Coconut record label and she was invited to perform on BBC Radio London on the Robert Elms show and was interviewed on London TV.




Claire is now excited to share her new upcoming EP, ‘No Mud, No Lotus’, with you all, which is set to launch on Bandcamp on December 1st (there will be a listening party!)


In this latest EP, Claire joins talented pianist/composer Giuliano Parisi again (Giuliano played on Caminos, the previous album released in 2018). Writing for this started in 2021 in the aftermath of the pandemic and finished early 2023. The songs speak about challenges common to many of us and the unexpected beauty that can come from them, not unlike the message of the book of the same title, written by Zen Bhuddist Thich Nhat Hanh. Performances of this work include dancer and movement collector Martin Bowes.


Listen to Claire’s new EP here:





Some thought about the EP from Claire McAllister…


”I’m very grateful to all involved in the making of this EP and those who have supported the process. I’m also grateful for being part of Turquoise Coconut Records.


In writing, recording, performing and later choosing the title for this EP it became clear that the songs expressed a troubled period but also emerging beautiful aspects that came about because of those challenges. I remembered the analogy of the lotus flower, which needs muddy, murky waters to grow and bloom, brought to my attention from the book (of the same title) by Zen Bhuddist Thich Nhat Hanh, in which he talks about how joy and happiness can come from transforming experiences of suffering. Hence the title.”


LISTEN TO CLAIRE LIVE (from album ‘Caminos’):



Find Claire on Social Media:


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Claire.McAllister.music 

Website: https://www.clairemcallistermusic.com/ 

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