Claire Hamill

Claire Hamill (born Josephine Claire Hamill, 4 August 1954 in Port Clarence, County Durham in northern England) is a British singer-songwriter. Claire Hamill has been active in the music business since age 17. In 1971, she was launched as one of Britain's first female singer-songwriters and compared by several commentators to Joni Mitchell. Her debut album was One House Left Standing, whose cover photo showed the singer in a backdrop of her home town. Soon afterwards, she went on her first UK tour supporting John Martyn. By 1973, she had toured the United States with Procol Harum and Jethro Tull, and came back to Britain to record her next album October at Richard Branson's Manor Studio in Oxfordshire, the same Manor studio which Mike Oldfield was using to compose what became Tubular Bells. She next toured with King Crimson. In 1973, she met Ray Davies of the Kinks, who signed her to his Konk label for her third album Stage Door Johnnies, an album which included her first covers. She toured America for the second time that year and went on another UK tour supporting Gilbert O'Sullivan. In addition, she recorded what would be her final album of the 70s and the second one for Konk, titled Abracadabra. In the early 1980s she supported Wishbone Ash and joined the group for a short while.

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