Welcome to Claudsville. I channel beautiful vibrations.
Claudine West is an independent Singer Songwriter, Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Artist and Author and Reiki Practitioner from Nottingham, UK. She is also known as ‘Earth Tree Healing‘ and is Drummer/ Multi-instrumentalist in Rock Band Strange Currencies.
Genre: New Age, Instrumental, Meditation, Soundtrack music.
Listen here > Earth Tree Healing
Full discography here on bandcamp including singer songwriter albums.
Please support me as an independent musician/composer on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/earthtreehealing
“Claudine began playing instruments when she was around 13 years old. With an natural ability with instruments such as Piano, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Drums. She has created many works over a number of decades : “The style of the songs ranges from something close to traditional folk, to a more dreamy sound, all the way to an electro Tori Amos, this is definitely an artist not to be pigeon holed.” https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/claudine-west
Music tapped my ancestors on their giant shoulders and helped them create me. Inheriting a talent for music from Great Grandad and Grandma Drew. A talent for creating vibrant art came from my from Grandad Bill (bottom left)
I also love to paint with oils.
Drawn to and excited by any music instrument. My formative years were spent learning chords and melodies on by birthday and xmas presents.. Bontempi and Casio, Yamaha keyboards. A classical guitar bought by my parents on a holiday in Norfolk launched sore fingers and many hours of practicing. I spent lunch breaks at school in the music block playing piano, instrument swapping and sitting in the dark store cupboard learning guitar chords in the dark. After an introduction to the drum kit during a music lesson by my music teacher Simon Davie. So began the journey into percussion. Performing jazz, rock and blues. With few drum lessons/pointers. Self taught on all of my instruments.
I don’t read music. I channel it, I feel it. I create it to relax to. Music to accompany the beauty in this world. My music juxtaposed with my colourful artworks.
From my first trusty Fostex 4 track tape recorder, to reel to reel multi-tracks. I progressed into early adulthood and into the digital recording revolution, whilst enjoying grunge music and frequenting gigs and a little head banging at Rock City, Nottingham: R.E.M. Suzanne Vega and Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Tori Amos, The Doors, Thomas Newman are amongst many other influences.
I began performing live at live mics night and jamming with other musicians. I spent years enduring pre gig nerves.
I wrote and recorded for many years, in my 20’s with under the pseudonym of ‘Bog Woppit’ with Guitarist Graham Skelton-Ruth (Grimm aka Yeti) Spending many all night sessions writing, recording and indulging in creative processes. Solitude spawned a very productive decade lyrically and musically.
I met Karen Smalley-Turner at a live mic night at The Lion, in Basford, Nottingham. Grimm and I offered to record her in the home studio, as loved her voice and sound. This began a special musical partnership and friendship.
After his sudden unexpected death when I was 27. Heartbroken, I sobered up and soul searched, led me to embrace further and co-founder with Karen Smalley-Turner the band The Idolins. A decade of good times, memories and music making followed. I created the name from a play on the Final Fantasy ‘War Gods’ ‘Eidolons’ creating a combination of idols and stringed instruments. Folk pop. This enabled me to excel in my finger picking techniques coming up with hooks and exploring more instruments. I swapped between regularly between banjo, mandolin and guitar. Recording keyboard piano parts and drums also on studio albums. ‘Sound Of the Rain’ and ‘You Said.’
For the full story you can read my book. Claudsville Blogs and Biog of a Bog Woppit
In 2014 I left the Idolins and pursued a new challenge playing drums for a couple of years in Rock/Funk band Subway Circus.
In my alternate instrumental career and parallel musical universe. A ‘hot healing hands’ discovery during a drunken rehearsal, during my Idolins residency. Plus a spiritual ‘sort your ego out’ discussion in Wales, from an influential family member. In 2010 I studied and became a practitioner of Shoden and Okuden Reiki. Having always felt different. I discovered, involved, evolved and made new friends with similar beliefs and ways of life in the Nottingham Pagan Community. After having past life regression. I received answers to ‘the whys, the dreams, the being drawn to, the lessons learned and to learn.’ Finding much peace in meditation and connecting with Angels. I wanted to create soundtracks for my practice of connection to spirit, nature and energies. So I finally embraced my true self. In 2014 I began creating my own music to meditate to and channel Universal Life Force Energies. I embraced creating soundscapes for peace, exploration and a quiet mind. New Age and Instrumental works available under Earth Tree Healing
I collaborate with Sally Wathen at Rainbow Bridge for guided meditations and hope to do many more with others too.
In 2016 Subway Circus split. Claudine and Lead Vocalist (From Subway Circus) Paul Phillip Johnson formed Strange Currencies. Originally an acoustic alternative rock duo that then evolved into the full Rock band it is today.
Quite simply, Strange Currencies is Rock music for the soul. Offering up something strange, something eloquent, refreshing, rhythmical and blissful. An accomplished originals band, Strange Currencies present to you talented musicians from Derby/Nottingham, performing a hybrid of rock, funk, blues and beyond. In comparison, our music sounds like Red Hot Chili Peppers meets Pearl Jam meets progressive REM.
Do you ever look beyond into the ever after?
2016-present. I am writing, recording and performing with band Strange Currencies.
Claudine is Handfasted to, lives and goes on adventures with soulmate and manager Angela Barker. They share a love of animals and their rescue cats Pattie Pops, Rambo and Tipsy.