Diane Cluck was one of the earliest people to play at Cafe OTO, first performing in in June 2008, just a few months after we first opened. We’ve been lucky enough to have her return to OTO half a dozen times since. This recording is taken from her sold out April 2014 residency where she performed over two nights with cellist Isabel Castellvi. Hang player Manu Delago also guests on four of the songs.
Diane Cluck / voice, guitar, squeezebox
Isabel Castellvi / cello, voice, autoharp
Manu Delago / hang (7, 8, 17, 18)
Recorded by James Dunn at Cafe OTO on Friday 11 April 2014. Mixed by James Dunn. Mastered by Rupert Clervaux at Grays Inn Road, London. Photograph by Dawid Laskowski.
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DIANE CLUCK a singer-songwriter of intuitive folk music based in Charlottesville, Virginia. She employs singing as a healing, textural experience in which audiences may wander, ponder, or simply be. Her vocal style has been noted for its clipped, glottal beauty, and described by NPR as "an unlikely mix of Aaron Neville, the Baka people, and Joni Mitchell--unaffected yet unusual". She accompanies herself on various instruments including guitar, piano, harmonium, zither, and a copper pipe instrument she built by hand. She contributed to New York's burgeoning Antifolk scene in the early 2000s; since then singer-songwriters Laura Marling, Florence Welch (of Florence And The Machine), and Sharon Van Etten have cited Diane's work as influential.