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Claire Coupland

"Claire emerges as a young artist of real potential" -newcanadianmusic.ca.

"Shades of Joni and Laura Marling - and wholly original" -Richard Flohil

Claire Coupland brings a graceful contemporary feel to indie folk. Lush with full instrumentation including fiddle, organ, mandolin and backing vocals, she moves audiences with gripping songs, soulful vocals, and addictive melodies. Her songs build and breathe, and are written without losing the emotional platform great songs come from. Her seasoned ensemble brings powerful arrangements to life, and her songs cut straight to the heart. With vocal shades of Brandi Carlile and Suzanne Vega, and finger picking stylistics of Laura Marling, Jose Gonzalez and The Tallest Man On Earth, Claire's music is folky, rootsy, with a splash of Americana. Her music uniquely captures the influence and essence of 1960s/70s folk musings such as Sandy Denny and Joni Mitchell, all the while remaining true to her own sound and style.

Coupland remains light hearted on stage and is sure to charm her audiences with her natural wit and down to earth sense of humour. With influences ranging from Sandy Denny and Gordon Lightfoot to Fleetwood Mac and Laura Marling, she has adapted a unique style and sound using open guitar tunings and finger-picking style guitar. With recent airplay on CBC Radio (All Points West, In The Key of C) for her songs "Alone" and "Mountain Dream", she captivates listeners with stories about love, independence, travel, friendship and heartbreak. She leaves her audiences entranced and craving an encore.

"She sings like a broken sparrow" -Vance Gilbert