From classical performer to Indie Folk musician: Meeting Claire Bradshaw

From classical performer to Indie Folk musician: Meeting Claire Bradshaw

Claire Bradshaw-Stories That Never HappenedClassically-trained musician turned Indie Folk performing and recording artist Claire Bradshaw describes her musical coming of age thus: “I started my music career at seven years old as a cellist. I was a terrible, lazy student, but somehow managed to pass the audition for a regional youth orchestra. After seven years playing classical music I discovered The Beatles, swapped my cello for a guitar and started a band. I played in a few bands in Nottingham and Toronto as a synth and bass player, and started doing solo home recording four years ago.” We chat wit the late bloomer and rediscover the fact that there is no deadline for following your passion and reconciling with your creative purpose.” 1 In Music meets the muli-talented as she releases her album “Stories That Never Happened

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

CB: When I started recording my own music, I wasn’t sure what genre I was in. What am I trying to do here? Am I Folk, or Indie, or Electronica, or Lo-Fi Psych-Rock? I didn’t know.
I stopped worrying about fitting into any particular sound, and just did what was right for each song.

So you get a lot of variety with my music. I’m also big on lyrics, I like to tell a story. I think that’s missing from mainstream music these days, which is a shame.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

CB: When I was a kid,- I listened to stuff my parents were into. My mum liked Gilbert & Sullivan; my dad was more into Elvis Costello, ELO and Blondie. Playing in an orchestra, I was also exposed to a lot of classical music. Then when I was 11, I borrowed a copy of The Beatles’ ‘Blue’ album from the village library, heard Strawberry Fields Forever, and everything changed. I became a massive Beatles fan. I was the only kid at school who was and everyone thought I was weird. I didn’t care. It also opened the doors to other music from that era – Frank Zappa, Janis Joplin, Hendrix, the whole psychedelic thing… I was fascinated with it.
Being a solo artist I have to do a lot of self-support, but you get used to it. My partner and friends are pretty supportive. But I wish I had a Mal Evans in my studio to help me untangle cables and bring me tea.
1 In Music: Lol. We all wish. So, when did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

CB: When I was 16, I hoped our band would get discovered and I could make a living at it – ha! But exams and university, work and other things got in the way. Now I’m older, I realised I missed out on a lot. So, I’m getting back into it. Whether there’s any money in it is another matter. I’m glad I have a day job that I love.

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

Claire Bradshaw-Stories That Never Happened

CB: I go in phases. I often listen to just one album or a specific artist for a month or so, then go onto something else. In the last year, I’ve listened to everything from Bach and Nicolas Gombert to XTC, Wings, Remi Wolf, R. Stevie Moore, Kraftwerk, Stephen Malkmus… and anything that friends recommend. I love going down YouTube rabbit holes and finding weird and wonderful stuff.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

CB: R. Stevie Moore. Most of us can only dream of producing that much exceptional music, his back catalogue is a goldmine. He should be massive but most people haven’t heard of him, it makes me mad. I’ve only got about 40 of his albums, I’m such a lightweight fan.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

CB: Practice, and trying not to think too much about it. I’ve never really suffered from stage fright.

1 In Music: Wow! Ok. What do you do when you don’t do music and that you are passionate about?

CB: Not much beyond listening to or reading about music, I’m pretty lazy. I don’t have the attention span to watch movies, and I don’t like sport. I like going out for dinner, having a few drinks and socializing; well, I did before the pandemic but I’ve got out of the habit now.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

CB: When an artist you admire likes your stuff too. In that respect, I’ve won the race and can quit now!

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

CB: Don’t stop. Biggest mistake I made. And don’t do music for the money, it’s more important than that.

My 13-year-old nephew has been bitten by the music bug, he’s getting into cool music and plays drums and guitar. I try to give him advice based on what I got wrong!

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

CB: Yes, I’ve got an EP coming out with a Bedford-based musician Dominic Ball.- (we went to high school together but never played in the same band!) It will be six tracks comprising of two covers and four originals. It should be out in the spring, and we’re already working on EP #2. I’m also recording tracks for my new album, which I hope should be done by the end of the year.

1 In Music: Wow, busy-! We’ve better leave you to it. But first, where do we find you music and music projects?

CB: My website is at and I’m on Bandcamp at I’m also on Spotify but less said about them the better…

Nick Waterhouse returns with new album “Never Twice”

Nick Waterhouse returns with new album “Never Twice”

Nick Waterhouse returns with new album “Never Twice” out September 30th on Innovative Leisure

Listen to the new track “It’s Time” here:

‘The verses are built on the feet-shuffling groove of jazzy drums and keys as Waterhouse bewails his life’s stagnation … He refuses to sit still for long, however, as the funky refrain kicks everything into fifth gear with driving guitar riffs that bring to mind classic rhythm and blues bandstands, all decked in golds and blacks and blues.”
– Consequence of Sound

“Swoony vocals that recall jazz singers like Cab Calloway and Jack Jones, Waterhouse has been hailed as the second coming of soul, infusing a distinctly California surf-rock spin to the genre.’

“Waterhouse’s show of intensity arrived through an incendiary combo of momentum-building saxophones…riding a grand, Spector-esque wave, punctuated with start-and-stop pacing, a love of musical space and Waterhouse’s utilitarian voice singing structured three-minute rockers.”
 – Los Angeles Times

“Waterhouse straddles the line between rock grit and smooth, sultry R&B. It’s sexy, it’s smart, and it’s definitely worth another round in a bar in the middle of a dark and stormy night.” – Esquire

On September 30th, California rhythm and blues revivalist Nick Waterhouse will return with his third full-length studio album, Never Twice. The first track off of the album was unveiled today via Bandcamp.

Never Twice will be released via Innovative Leisure digitally on CD and 180 gram vinyl. Today, Nick Waterhouse has also announced a fall U.S. Tour. Highlights include Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on October 8th, The Bottom Lounge in Chicago on October 4th and The Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington DC on October 12th. More tour dates to be announced soon.

With Never Twice, Nick Waterhouse returned to his original collaborator, producer Michael McHugh (Black Lips, Ty Segall, Allah-Las). McHugh was a local legend in the oft-underrated Orange County music scene that Nick grew up in. McHugh was the first person to ever put Nick on tape and in an effort to re-capture the vibrancy of the Huntington Beach scene of Nick’s youth, he invited McHugh up to his current home of San Francisco to work the boards once again. Once he had McHugh on board, Nick began cold-calling his favorite players, all of whom miraculously said yes. Jazz musician Bob Kenmotsu’s contributed flute, Tom Waits and Elvis Costello collaborator Ralph Carney on sax, Dr. Lonnie Smith protege Will Blades on Organ and a virtual whose who of muso legends on horns, bass and guitar. The result is an exuberant and impeccably recorded album of songs, showcasing Waterhouse’s prowess as a musician and a band-leader.


1) It’s Time
2) I Had Some
3) Straight Love
4) Stanyan Street
5) Old Place
6) Katchi
7) Baby I’m In
8) Tracy
9) Lucky Once
10) L.A. Turnaround

More About Nick Waterhouse
By Jonathan Toubin

Many moons ago Primo Pitino, the DJ of San Francisco’s legendary Oldies Night, passed me a copy of his friend Nick Waterhouse’s “Some Place.” Nick was a local vinyl DJ and the kid working at our Shangri-la, Rooky Ricardo’s Records. Though he didn’t have a band at the time, Waterhouse assembled some local musicians to cut a one-off 45 in the vein of the electrifying mid-century modern rhythm and blues he loved. I threw “Some Place”on the Technics during sound check a few cities down the line and was blown away from the howling falsetto all the way to the end! I gave it a whirl every night from Texas to Tennessee and all the way back home to New York. Not only were the dancers’ feet responding, but they were also asking about the track on a nightly basis. The Nashville Scene was so blown away that they printed a piece on Nick after that single listen. DJs and collectors everywhere wanted it so bad that the little record with the big sound started fetching upwards of $300 on Ebay.

The immediate and unprecedented underground dance party success of Nick’s DIY record resulted in a full band, gigs, and, after a number of obstacles, the widely acclaimed 2012 LP Time’s All Gone. Nick’s music, vision, and fully formed aesthetic caught on globally and he was instantly a fixture at nearly every major nightclub and festival on both sides of the Atlantic, Australia, Japan, and Russia -hitting stages everywhere from Primavera to Montreux Jazz Festival and charting on college, public, and commercial radio.

Only a year after self-releasing his first single, Nick Waterhouse was thrust into the chaos of leading a band, touring, and recording in the big leagues! Pummeling high speed down a bumpy hill of lineup changes, economic problems, and general chaos without any breaks, Nick made it through and the challenges made him more focused. 2014’s Holly captured a more experienced artist upping the ante in writing, performance, recording, and production, inspiring a new level of critical and commercial success.

In addition to a jam-packed five years on the road, in the studio, and in the practice space, Waterhouse also produced septuagenarian soul legend Ural Thomas, Los Angeles Latin stars the Boogaloo Assassins, and garage rockers the Allah-las. He’s currently collaborating with the likes of young Grammy-nominee Leon Bridges and Steven Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste. The Rolling Stones blast Nick’s version of “I Can Only Give You Everything”at stadiums before they go onstage. Vogue hired him to pose with Kendall Jenner. He hipped her to Little Willie John while Anna Wintour complimented his shoes. While a lesser artist would get lost in these distractions, Nick Waterhouse’s acclaim only seems to energize him and make him work harder and push his music to the next level.

Nick’s latest Never Twice is a culmination, intensification, and realization of everything he’s been developing throughout this prolific frenzy. Catchier and loaded with more hits than its predecessors, Nick’s new LP is at the same time harder hitting, more rhythmic, more harmonic, more diverse, and more adventurous than any of the excellent work that already separated him from the pack. A cool and elegant post-post-modern cocktail of 1950s r&b and club jazz, mixed with 1960s soul and boogaloo, and shaken with a minimal contemporary sensibility, Never Twice finds the artist taking his time, refining his vision, and speaking with new authority. In five short years Nick Waterhouse has come a long way and it looks like he may have just painted his masterpiece.

I Write The Songs #89 featuring Martha Bean

I Write The Songs #89 featuring Martha Bean

I Write The Song #89 featuring Songwriter Martha Bean: Songwriter of the week is Martha Bean, here featured via her 2015 release, When shadows return to the sea. We have
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I Write The Song #89 featuring Songwriter Martha Bean – part 1

1. Maurane, Sur un prélude de Bach, Belgium/Germany, “Ami ou ennemi” 1992 Johann Sebastian Bach/Jean-Claude Vannier
2. Bruce Springsteen, Streets of Philadelphia, 1993, 3.14, USA
3. Martha Bean, Bad Blood, 2015, When the shadows return to the sea, 4.15
4. Tom Waits, Little trip to heaven, 3.01
5. Esperanza Spalding, Precious, 2008, 4.22

6. Jeff Buckley, Grace

I Write The Song #89 featuring Songwriter Martha Bean – part 2

1. Canen, Ain’t no sunshine, Bill Withers, 2015, A matter of time, 3.31
2. George Michael, Spinning the wheel, 1996, 6.07
3. Martha Bean, Catching stars, 2015, 4.52
4. Paul McCartney, My Valentine, 201, 3.13

I Write The Song #89 featuring Songwriter Martha Bean – part 3

1. Patricia Kaas, If you go away (Jacques Brel/Rod McKuen), 04.27
2. Marina Florance, Little black cloud, from the compilation album Downtown on Folkstock Records, 3.56
More about Downtown
“When I love it will be with my heart and soul”

3. Norah Jones, Lonestar
4. Madeleine Peyroux, J’ai deux amours, 2.53
5. Elvis Costello, Good year for the roses, 1981, 3.05

I Write The Song #89 featuring Songwriter Martha Bean – More

Martha Bean’s new single is also out now and you can watch the video ‘A better man’

I Write The Songs 83 featuring Canen

I Write The Songs 83 featuring Canen

Feature artist of the week: Canen

Tiki’s I Write The Songs #83 by Tiki Black on Mixcloud


Canen sings her heart out for human rights and the music is featured on this playlist. Check out her website to listen to the EP, download and donate.
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part 1

Canen, Ain’t No Sunshine (Bill Withers), 3:33, 2015,
Elvis Costello, Good Year for the roses, 3.05, 1981
Little Sparrow, Garden (Katie Ware), 3.45, 2015

Elbow, An imagined affair 4.41, 2005
Laura Mvula, Green Garden 3.31, 2013

part 2

The Editors,It ain’t me babe (Bob Dylan) 3.08, 2009
The Corrs, Lough Erin Shore (unplugged), 4.25
Canen, I’ve got a guy in Kalamazoo 2.38, 2015
(Gordon Mack & Harry Warren)
Tom Waits, A little trip to heaven 2.xx
Lauren Fine, Slip sliding away (Paul Simon)
Billy Ocean, Suddenly, 3.51, 1985

part 3

Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sister Sadie, 4.35, 2011
Joe Cocker, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood4.32, 1969
Canen, A matter of time (Anna Coogan with Canen) 4.40, 2015
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Till the Next Somewhere,
Nina Simone, Do I Move You? 2.43, 1987
Marvin Gaye, Inner City Blues 2.58, 1971
(make me wanna holler)

I Write The Songs 80 featuring Krista Detor

I Write The Songs 80 featuring Krista Detor

I Write The Songs 80 featuring Krista Detor, our songwriter of the week. Presented and produced by Tiki Black; first aired on Canalside Community Radio

Check out Krista Detor’s Website, our Artist Profile for her and 1iMusic’s review of her album Flat Earth Diary.

Tiki’s I Write The Songs #80 by Tiki Black on Mixcloud

I Write The Songs 80 featuring Krista Detor – part 1
Cilla Black <3, Alfie, 1966
Ed Sheeran, A fire love, 2014
songwriteroftheweekKrista Detor, Red Velvet Box, 2014
“if you give me your heart, I will never ever need another thing”
Robbie Williams feat. Nicole Kidman, Something stupid, 2011
Michael Cassidy, Everybody’s scared, 2011
Sarah McLachlan, Blackbirds, 2002

I Write The Songs 80 featuring Krista Detor – part 2
Ben Harper, Ashes
Phil Collins, Against all odds (live)
Krista Detor, Bridges, 2014
Rebecca Ferguson feat. John Legend, Bridges, 2014
Ben Reel, Reflection of the blues (Reel, Hadley, Webb)
Cyndi Lauper, The world is stone (Michel Berger, Luc Plamondon, Rice)

I Write The Songs 80 featuring Krista Detor – part 3
Charles & Eddie, Would I lie to you?, 1992
Krista Detor, Ferryman’s dream, 2014
Paul McCartney, My Valentine
Dark Green Tree, Skin & Bone, 2014/5
Blondie, The tide is high, 1980
Krista Detor, Blowing Kisses, 2014
Elvis Costello and the Roots, Walk us uptown, 2013