Claire Hamill

Claire Hamill is an English singer–songwriter who debuted at seventeen with the 1971 Island release One House Left Standing, followed in 1973 by October. She signed with Ray Davies’ Konk label for the 1974–75 albums Stage Door Johnnies and Abracadabra.

Between 1979 and 1981, she sang for Yes guitarist Steve Howe and hard-rockers Wishbone Ash. She resumed her solo career on Coda Records with the 1984–88 albums Touchpaper, Voices, and Love in the Afternoon.

Musically, Claire shifted from piano–vocal cabaret folk (seventies era) to high-tech art pop (eighties output).


Claire Hamill was born on August 4, 1954, in Port Clarence, County Durham. 


One House Left Standing

Claire Hamill released her debut album, One House Left Standing, in 1971 on Island.

1. “Baseball Blues” (Claire Hamill) – 4:30
2. “Man Who Cannot See Tomorrow’s Sunshine” – 2:40
3. “Consummation” – 2:15
4. “River Song” – 4:30
5. “Where Are Your Smiles At” – 2:20
6. “When I Was a Child” (Hamill) – 2:11
7. “Urge for Going” (Joni Mitchell) – 6:45
8. “Flowers for Grandma” – 1:35
9. “Phoenix” – 2:40
10. “Smile Your Blues Away” (Hamill) – 2:15


October

Claire Hamill released her second album, October, in 1973 on Island.

1. “Island” (Steve Smith) – 3:21
2. “To the Stars” – 2:03
3. “Please Stay Tonight” – 3:02
4. “Wall to Wall Carpeting” – 2:22
5. “Speedbreaker” – 3:12
6. “I Don’t Get Any Older” (Mike Coles, Hamill) – 2:32
7. “Warrior of the Water” – 2:56
8. “The Artist” – 2:39
9. “Baby What’s Wrong (With You)” (Jimmy Reed) – 4:30
10. “Sidney Gorgeous” – 1:56
11. “Crying Under the Bedclothes” – 3:37
12. “Peaceful” – 2:19

Recorded October 1972
Studio The Manor Studio, Oxfordshire & Morgan Studios, London


Stage Door Johnnies

Claire Hamill released her third album, Stage Door Johnnies, in 1974 on Konk.

1. “We Gotta Get out of This Place” (Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil) – 3:18
2. “Oh Daddy (Blues) (You Don’t Have No Mamma at All)” (Ed Herbert, William Russell) – 3:42
3. “All the Cakes She Baked Him” – 3:20
4. “Trying to Work It Out” – 3:32
5. “Geronimo’s Cadillac” (Michael Martin Murphey, Charles John Quatro) – 4:24
6. “Something to Believe In” (Steve Miller) – 4:08
7. “You Know How Ladies Are” – 2:44
8. “You Take My Breath Away” – 2:36
9. “Go Now” (Larry Banks, Milton Bennett) – 3:32
10. “Luck of the Draw” – 3:12
11. “Stage Door Johnnies” – 2:04

Recorded September 1974
Studio Konk Studios, London


Abracadabra

Claire Hamill released her fourth album, Abracadabra, in 1975 on Konk.

1. “Rory” – 2:50
2. “Forbidden Fruit” – 3:00
3. “One Sunday Morning” – 3:30
4. “I Love You So” (Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke) – 3:16
5. “For Sailors” – 4:22
6. “Jamaica” (Traditional; arranged by Claire Hamill) – 2:14
7. “Under a Piece of Glass” – 3:11
8. “You Dear” (Ian Anderson) – 3:18
9. “Maybe It Is” – 4:00
10. “In So Deep” – 3:51
11. “Celluloid Heroes” (Ray Davies) – 5:00

Studio Konk Studios, London


1981–83 Singles

13 Feb 1981
A. “First Night In New York”
B. “Ultraviolet Light”

26 Nov 1982
Transporter
A. “Kids on the Run”
B. “Halfway House”

Apr 1983
A. “24 Hours From Tulsa”
B1. “When I Was a Child”
B2. “Speedbreaker”


Touchpaper

Claire Hamill released her fifth album, Touchpaper, on April 21, 1984, on Coda Records. It features nine originals and one co-write (“Come Along Brave Lads”) with keyboardist Andy Stennett.

Moon Side
1. “The Moon Is a Powerful Lover” – 5:00
2. “Denmark” – 3:20
3. “Fools in a Storm” – 3:46
4. “First Night in New York” – 4:22
5. “Come Along Brave Lads” – 3:39

Jump Side
6. “Jump” – 4:05
7. “In the Palm of My Hand” – 3:25
8. “Gonna Be the One” – 4:03
9. “Ultra Violet Light” – 2:40
10. “Once Is Not Enough” – 3:31


Voices

Claire Hamill released her sixth album, Voices, in 1986 on Coda. The music is a capella, self-recorded with sampled and multi-tracked vocals.

1. “Awaken…Larkrise” – 3.59
2. “Tides” – 4:34
3. “Moss” – 3:08
4. “Afternoon in a Wheatfield” – 5:04
5. “Stars” – 2.58
6. “Leaf Fall” – 4:32
7. “Mist on the Ridge” – 4:19
8. “Harvest” – 3:29
9. “Icicle Rain” – 5:10
10. “Sleep” – 4:49


Love in the Afternoon

Claire Hamill released her seventh album, Love in the Afternoon, in 1988 on Coda.


Discography:

  • One House Left Standing (1971)
  • October (1973)
  • Stage Door Johnnies (1974)
  • Abracadabra (1975)
  • “First Night In New York” / “Ultraviolet Light” (1980)
  • “24 Hours From Tulsa” / “When I Was A Child”/ “Speedbreaker” (1983)
  • Touchpaper (1984)
  • Voices (1986)
  • Love in the Afternoon (1988)
  • Summer (1997)

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