Having cut her teeth touring and recording with artists like Jools Holland, Martina Topley-Bird, Ed Harcourt and Howard Marks, singer songwriter Claire Nicolson releases her début single; Toothpaste &Whisky from the forthcoming album 52 Card Pick Up. The single showcases this guitar & keyboard playing artist’s talent for writing heartfelt lyrics and a memorable chorus hook that sticks like glue.Toothpaste & Whisky features Alabama 3‘s Nick Reynolds on harmonica and is a bouncy acoustic vamp brimming with bluesy twang and a wink in its eye. Some say its lyric extols the pleasures of one night romantic liaisons, whilst others more innocent say it’s just about getting ready for a messy night out. You’ll have to make your own mind up.The single’s bonus track; Scorpion with its spidery guitar and Karen Carpenter – equivocal delivery was initially written in honour of the scorpion Claire shared her room with when she wrote her upcoming album. Lyrically the track emotes feelings from the darker side of one’s character and how these get mirrored in situations outside of one self.
Scorpion was an audience favourite on Claire’s recent “Sing For Your Supper” guerrilla tour of Ireland where her and the band would perform out of their camper vane quipped with its own PA and generator. Having clocked up 15 dates on the tour in both Northern Ireland and Eire whilst gaining press and radio attention from The Irish Times, Today FM and others – not to mention filming the whole affair for future release – Claire then went on to preview material for hernew album (due for release in the new year)at festivals as diverse as Standon Callingand Electric Picnic.Claire is
currently continuing to gig around the UK and putting the final touches to her début album 52 Card Pick Up and much to her surprise, she’s found herself turning up on the new Surf Washing Powder TV advert singing the song You and I, written and produced by her brother Hugo for his project Yellow Hammer.