Reintegrating at home after longest tour ever. Sending thanks to Sebastian at Paper & Iron Booking, and to my traveling companions–cellist Isabel Castellvi, tour manager Marine Cama, and west-coast tour-mate Sondra Sun-Odeon.
Travels were beautiful, stretching, I learned a lot. People gave generously, supporting us and the music we make in ways that inspired me every day–local lore, personal stories, homecooked food, comfy beds. Thank you thank you thank you!
Photo below: me with Marine and Isabel in an olive grove in Spain. (I picked a buncha leaves to brew for tea.)
“Watching Cluck perform jams the senses. It’s almost easier to imagine some tiny spirit in her chest is controlling the action, turning a pitch wheel with one hand and a tone knob with the other.” -NPR
I’m on tour for the next few months in support of my new album, Boneset. I’ll be playing more than sixty shows in the US, Ireland, UK, Europe–see tour dates here–accompanied by cellist Isabel Castellvi for the length of the tour.
We look forward to seeing y’all while we’re out and about! I’ll be posting photos and updates along the way on Facebook and Twitter.
This year I recorded a bunch of songs at Trout Recordings, Brooklyn. They’ll be released as Boneset, a new album on cd & vinyl through Important Records. March 4th, 2014. We’re booking a tour of the US / UK / Europe around the release (see show dates). Excited. More info to come.
cookin’ it up in the sound lab. photo by Ken’s Last Ever. (lastever.org)
From Allston Pudding Music Blog:
“Virginia-based songwriter Diane Cluck is a wealth of words and tunes. Cluck has seven albums to her name, each with various right-brained tales and curious melodies that wrap neatly around her acoustic chords. In this video, she sets up in the middle of the woods with the accompaniment of a cellist, for an ambient, bare-bones version of “Trophies.” Cluck has a signature approach both to her vocal style and to her guitar-playing. Joni Mitchell is a fair comparison, but while Mitchell croons in a quirkier, more coy way, Cluck’s voice is haunting, letting its range seek out thrilling lows to match impressive highs. She plays her acoustic with an equally open mind, discovering notes higher up on the neck, and plucking them as a harp player might. Check out the video above.”
we recorded this session in Ditmas Park at The NoHomme, courtesy of house residents. Ed bloomed out with a masterful harmonica solo on “Rodeo Rose” though light fell too dim to make use of the footage. we all went for dinner at De Hot Pot around de corner, rotis and doubles and aloo pie.
i love Ed’s work; it’s curiously, engagingly particular. i’ve been listening to his “Run Away” album on long Virginia drives.
My first live shows were all piano songs. I didn’t record many of them as I was still settling into my voice, gently shucking Broadway / Top 40 vocal influences. Songs shown here are “Over My Bones” ( the piano part later became “Crash Thru the Half-Light” from Black With Green Leaves ) and “4-Score Lightnings”, from Diane Cluck.
The video was made by artist Tom Ruth and archived by composer / bon vivante, Peter Dizozza. I’m grateful to Peter for making it available; it’s probably the only video of my performances from this time.
Diane Cluck, Bianca Casady, Anders Griffen, Isabel Castellvi at Joe's Pub, 2/5/13
The recording features Diane Cluck on vocals, guitar, piano, & toy accordian, Isabel Castellvi on cello, Anders Griffen on percussion, and guest appearance by Bianca Casady on the song, “far too witchy”.