"A songwriter capable of spinning several plates
she's delivered an intimate record tailor-made for long
wintry nights" - 4/5 Q Magazine
"Folkster cuts ties and starts anew. Beautifully"
- 4/5 MOJO
"A thing of gossamer beauty, Clarke's crystalline
voice evoking Sandy Denny" - Uncut
"Each song is special- simple yet full of depth.
Clarke's songwriting conjures darkly beautiful imagery;
her voice as heartbreaking as it is soothing and melancholic
to its core." - 9/10 Loud and Quiet
"In All Weather feels like an act of personal
and professional liberation that could open up other
doors for Josienne Clarke as well. It'll be exciting
to see where she goes next" - No Depression
" They just might be the best break-up songs since
Blood on the Tracks -
big claims, but listen to the songs." - The Arts
"In All Weather feels like a high watermark (so
far) with the promise of great, and greater things to
come. A remarkable, impeccable collection." - Folk
Rough Trade Records artist Josienne Clarke is pleased
to announce a series of dates in Ireland to promote
her new solo album.
The album 'In All Weather' is a new collection of songs
by writer, singer and musician Josienne Clarke, it's
a record with which she goes it alone; both musically,
as this is her first solo record, and in her own life,
laid bare and played out in the leave-it-all-behind-and-start-anew
nature of the lyrics.
"Learning to sail in all weather, the line from
which the album title comes, is what we are all trying
to do," Josienne explains. "To right ourselves
when things feel turbulent and uncertain. How to correct
your course and stay true to the things you believe
and need and let all the rest go."
Fans of Josienne Clarke's previous melancholic chamber
folk duo will recognise her uniquely sorrowful and jewel-like
vocal style. But these new songs were sung and played
by Josienne in the manner they've always been written;
emotionally raw, immediate and unvarnished. Gone are
the duo's grandiose arrangements; Josienne accompanies
herself on pared-back acoustic and electric guitar throughout.
The songs required little embellishment; they just needed
to be heard as clearly as possible.
"These are not love songs, these are life songs;
life lines to save me from sinking, each one a hard-won
lesson in how not to do things next time. It's a manifesto
of how to leave and how to change."
It's a record that not only addresses every aspect
of that personal, professional and geographical leaving
and changing, it's also a record that wouldn't exist
if she hadn't made these giant steps.
"I exiled myself, moved to an island, metaphorically
and literally; broke up with everything but song writing,
to re-make myself and learn to let it all go in peace."
With In All Weather a lot has changed. But Josienne
Clarke remains one of the most impressive, accomplished
and downright heart-breaking singers, lyricists and
composers we've got.