Claire Northey

Backwell Festival

Claire Northey

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 released her debut album Mavromati last year with Bristol label CHK ONE, and it is available on Bandcamp and all online platforms. Curiously, Mavromati was the name of a sea captain, so Claire is perfectly suited to play at a festival whose theme is Oceans!

‘A classically-trained violinist, Northey uses a loop machine to stretch expectations of what a violin can do. Drawing on Balkan and North African melodies as well has her background playing in metal bands as a teenager, the sounds she produces are both sublime and abrasive, set jarringly against her sugary vocals.’

— Bristol 24/7

‘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