Welcome to Claudsville.
Claudine West is an English Singer Songwriter, Composer, Multi-Instrumentalist, Artist and Author.
Her music works ranges from Alternative Rock to Folk then Instrumental and Meditation music. (as Earth Tree Healing)
“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 had always been part of her upbringing. Inheriting a talent for music from Great Grandad and Grandma Drew. A talent for creating vibrant art came from her from ‘Grandad Bill.’
Purely drawn to and excited with any music instrument. Supported by her Parents. Her formative years were spent practicing and composing on Bontempi and Casio keyboards. A classical guitar bought by her parents on a holiday in Norfolk. She spent lunch breaks 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 teacher Simon Davie. So began the journey into percussion. Performing Jazz, Rock and Blues. With few drum lessons/ pointers. Self taught on all of her instruments. She formed B-52’s influenced band with friend Daryl Beeton one incarnation was ‘Josstiks featuring Incense.’ (Helen, karen and Amy on backing vocals)
Claudine never competently learned to read music. Only ever so slightly dabbles, even today with notation. Preferring improvisation and chord prompts.
From the trusty Fostex reel to reel and 4 track tape recorders. She progressed into adulthood and into the digital recording revolution, whilst enjoying grunge music and frequenting gigs and a little head banging at Rock City: REM, Suzanne Vega and Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Tori Amos amongst many other influences. She now tinkers with Logic Pro X at ‘Claudsville Studios.’ With an ever increasing collection and true love of instruments from a sitar, esraj, auto harp to toy accordions. A tragic banjo neck snapping casualty occurred in 2016. She enjoys playing her Taylor Guitar. Quote: “You can never have enough instruments!”
She began performing live at live mics night and jamming with other musicians.
Notable bands (Word For Word, Dominion, Subject To Status) She worked for many years with under the main pseudonym as ‘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.
She had met Karen Smalley-Turner at a live mic night at The Lion, in Basford, Nottingham. Grimm and Claudine 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, some heartbroken sobering up and soul searching, lead her to embrace further and co-founder with Karen Smalley-Turner the band The Idolins. A decade of good times, memories and music making followed. Claudine creating the name from a play on the Final Fantasy ‘War Gods’ ‘Eidolons’ creating a combination of idols and stringed instruments. Folk pop. Then enabled her to excel in her finger picking techniques coming up with hooks and exploring more instruments. She 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 her book. Claudsville Blogs and Biog of a Bog Woppit
In 2014 she left the Idolins and pursued a new challenge playing drums for a couple of years in Rock/Funk band Subway Circus.
In her alternate instrumental career and parallel musical universe. A ‘hot healing hands’ discovery during a drunken rehearsal, during her Idolins residency. Plus a spiritual ‘sort your ego out’ discussion in Wales, from an influential family member. In 2010 she had studied and became a practitioner of Shoden and Okuden Reiki. Having always felt different. She discovered, involved, evolved and made new friends with similar beliefs and ways of life in the Nottingham Pagan Community. After having past life regression. She 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. She wanted to create soundtracks for her practice with connection to spirit, nature and energies. So finally embraced her true self. In 2014 she began creating her own music to meditate to and channel Universal Life Force Energies. Claudine had composed instrumental music previously but embraced creating soundscapes for peace, exploration and a quiet mind. New Age and Instrumental works available under ‘Earth Tree Healing‘
She collaborates with Sally Wathen at Rainbow Bridge for guided meditations
In 2016 Subway Circus split. Claudine and Lead Vocalist (From Subway Circus) Paul Phillip Johnson formed Strange Currencies. An acoustic alternative rock duo.
2016-present. She is currently writing, recording and performing with band Strange Currencies.
‘The incredibly creative and original STRANGE CURRENCIES will also be taking to the stage; prepare for PP Johnson’s resounding vocals and Claudine West’s extraordinary musical skills on the guitar, and mandolin, and basically any instrument! The dynamic of the two being ex-Rock band members but making beautiful Folk music together is delicious, strange, but intriguing. In a few words, it’s like Foo Fighters gone Peter Gabriel!’
Claudine is currently writing and releasing a song each month in 2017 for her new solo album ‘Becoming Moons’
Claudine is Handfasted to, lives and goes on adventures with soulmate and manager Angela Barker. The love animals and their cats Pattie Pops and Rambo.