Claire was originally inspired to play by the 50's rock and roll greats: Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Fats Domino. The mystery of where it had all began soon compelled her to seek out the roots of this music, discovering the raw, addictive sounds of the 1930’s masters, Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons, lead to an on-going passion for piano boogie woogie, reflected in every gig.
As pianist with jump jive and rock n’ roll bands including The Alabama Slammers, The Alleycats and The Slammers Maximum Jive Band, Claire has played clubs and festivals all over Europe. She currently appears with roots boogie blues combo Booga Red, as well as backing many of the original 50's British rock and roll pioneers at the Tales from the Woods Heritage Shows in London. Since last year, Claire has recorded and produced her first solo cd, “Elbows Going Crazy”. Copies of the cd will be available at the festival and the proceeds will be donated to Broomfield Hospital Cancer Care Unit.
Claire first attended the UK Boogie Woogie Festival in 2013 and has been a regular performer since then. This year, Claire will play at the delightful setting of Sturminster Mill on Saturday morning, together with some friends….