Clare Muldaur. Photo courtesy of Clare Muldaur
Clare Muldaur's fame is quickly rising. Recently, two of her songs were on the FOX comedy, "Arrested Development." Photo courtesy of Clare Muldaur

Clare's back!

By Julian Wise - August 10, 2006

Singer-songwriter Clare Muldaur may have been born and raised on Martha's Vineyard, but her musical career has taken her across the United States and to Asia and Europe. This week she returns to the Island to reconnect with her local roots and to perform at two venues. On Saturday evening, Clare Muldaur and the Reasons will help the Chilmark Community Center celebrate its 50th birthday, and on Sunday they will perform at the Outerland at the airport.

After attending Berklee College of Music, Ms. Muldaur has released two albums, "Sweetheart" and "Bentley Circle." Both have drawn critical praise for their mature song writing and the fine use of Ms. Muldaur's dulcet voice. "Sweetheart," recorded in Los Angeles, featured pedal steel ace Greg Leisz (Joni Mitchell, Willy Nelson) and keyboardist Danny McGouch (Tom Waits). Her single "Emotional Lab Toy" is featured in the film "American Psycho 2" and her song "Sorry" is on the soundtrack of the film "Extreme Dating," starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler ("Sopranos"). Her single "Bus To You" is on an Epic Records compilation.

Ms. Muldaur has also contributed her voice to her father Geoff Muldaur's new album, "Private Astronomy." She and Martha Wainwright back up Loudon Wainwright on his album, "Bless You Sister", while Ms. Muldaur lends her voice to Mark Insley's albums "Tucson" and "Supermodel." On top of this, Ms. Muldaur sang two songs for the cult TV hit "Arrested Development."

The past several years have been a busy blur of touring for Ms. Muldaur; in 2004 she and her sister Jenny sang backup for Sting, Elton John, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Billy Joel, and Antonio Banderas at the Carnegie Hall rainforest benefit. She has opened for Chris Smither, Richard Shindell, and Melissa Etheridge both as a solo artist and with a full band. She and her husband, violinist Olivier Manchon, recently toured Japan and Ireland, receiving warm welcomes in both locales.

On the Island this weekend, Ms. Muldaur will be fronting her band, Clare and the Reasons, which, in addition to Monsieur Manchon, includes Joshua Mease, Alan Hampton, and Greg Ritchie.

On Saturday night at 8:30 they will perform at the August edition of the Chilmark Community Center's 50th birthday celebration.

Ms. Muldaur and her band will stay on the Island for a few days of rest and recreation after the Sunday show at Outerland. She's looking forward to a break from the mid-summer heat of New York, where she's based, and the hustle of national and intercontinental touring. She always enjoys coming home to the Vineyard to reconnect with the community that nurtured her artistic beginnings.

Clare Muldaur and the Reasons, Sunday, Aug. 13, 9 pm, Outerland, Airport Road, Edgartown; tickets, $10.
Also at the Chilmark Community Center, Saturday, Aug. 12, 8:30 pm. Donation suggested.

Julian Wise is a frequent contributor to The Times, specializing in music, film, and the performing arts.