Originally from Co. Fermanagh, Clara grew up in a musical and theatrical household, falling in love with the piano at an early age. She discovered her passion for writing songs in France, where she lived for a decade; her earliest solo performances took place in intimate Parisian jazz cafes and the French language still inspires and permeates her sound.
In 2015, Clara moved back to Dublin, further honing her craft as a performer playing regular gigs in piano bars, cabarets and the leading Irish venues and festivals. She has played with Aoife Nessa Frances, Maija Sofia and Paddy Hanna. Clara has also performed internationally, playing solo shows in Montreal, Paris, London and New York. In 2022 she was one of three winning artists on the John Richardson French Residency (CCI).
Her debut album Black Forest produced by Daniel Fox (Gilla Band) was recorded between lockdowns at Sonic Studios, Stoneybatter and is the culmination of many years and experiments in songwriting. It was released on Pizza Pizza Records (Just Mustard, Altered Hours) in October, 2022 to great critical acclaim and sell out shows on her first Irish tour which also resulted in numerous end of year accolades from some of Ireland's most respected media outlets including : Chord Blossoms Northern Irish Album of the year (#2) and Song of the year (#19), Nialler9’s 20 best new Irish artists of 2022, The Last Mixed Tape Top 20 Albums 2022 (#13) and Readers Top 10 Artists 2022 (#4) as well as The Thin Air’s Top 100 Irish Releases of 2022 (#9). May 2023 will see the vinyl release of Black Forest which Clara will promote with in-store performances in Ireland and the UK.
Recent Press Quotes :
RTE Arena "One of 2022's finest releases"
Golden Plec “ ‘Black Forest’ announces Clara Tracey as an exceptionally magnetic talent.”
The Goo “Black Forest imbues a secret world, a boudoir moment. This is Clara Tracey’s time”