Claire Sproule (born 10 April 1985)
is a singer-songwriter from County Donegal, Ireland.


She was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, into a musical family; her uncle is Daithi Sproule of Altan. After playing the clarinet for some time, she showed an interest in guitar, having been brought up listening to Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell and Elvis Costello in Derry and Donegal. At the age of 14 she started writing her own songs.[1] After leaving school, she began by performing Eva Cassidy songs in local pubs in Donegal, before starting to sing her own songs. She made a rough demo tape which was sent to both the Parlophone and Blue Note record labels, who jointly offered her a recording deal within a week — Parlophone publishing in Europe and Blue Note in the United States. Her self-titled debut album, Claire Sproule was released on Parlophone on 10 October 2005.[2] The album was produced by Stewart Levine, and widespread attention. Included top musicians such as Pino Palladino. The album consist of tracks which Sproule wrote between the ages of 17 and 19, and attracted After the release of her first album, Sproule played numerous Irish television and radio shows, including the BBC Northern Ireland's [3] An Stuif Ceart, and RTE's Other Voices[1] and The Late Late Show. Her second album, entitled Shades of Night, was released in May 2009.

Track listing

Track listing
"Strange World"
"Doin' It My Way"
"Not Who You Think I Am"
"Wash Ove"
"On My Mind"
"Not That Simple"
"Where My Heart Lies"


Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose and perform their own musical material including lyrics and melodies. As opposed to contemporary pop music singers who write or co-write their own songs[not in citation given], the term singer-songwriter describes a distinct form of artistry, closely associated with the folk-acoustic tradition.[1][2] Singer-songwriters often provide the sole accompaniment to an entire composition or song, typically using a guitar or piano; both the compositions and the arrangements are written primarily as solo vehicles, with the material angled toward topical issues—sometimes political, sometimes introspective, sensitive, romantic, and confessional