French violinist Claire Northey brings an air of the North African coast to the UK. Between trip hop and world music, with looped beats & vocals, Claire’s music is inspired by her time writing for theatre productions in France, Egypt and Morocco. She performs solo or with guest horn player Nick Oakley who features on her debut album Mavromati.
In 2015, Claire was a writer/ collaborator with DJ Yoda & The Breakfast of Champions. Their LP won album of the day on BBC Radio 6 and the project toured the UK at venues & festivals such as Kentish Town Forum, Camden Jazz Cafe, Glastonbury, Bestival and Boomtown.
She released her debut album Mavromati in April 2017 with new Bristol label CHK ONE, available on Bandcamp and all online platforms.
Humble and innovative, Northey utilised the many textures of her violin to re-mould this traditionally classic instrument. The result was delicate yet powerful.
— Cone Magazine
As far away from Western pop tradition as you can get, her jazz/ folk odysseys weave playfully between trip-hop, Eastern European and Arabic influences... For fans of Bjork, Ennio Morricone and Zero 7.
- Manchester Evening News