Meghann Clancy is a singer-songwriter with many fingers in many pies.
Her solo material, which combines heartfelt lyrics with catchy acoustic melodies, is the tip of the iceberg. There’s also the collaborations with a number of local bands, organising open mic nights, the freelance music teaching...
I venture to ask how many bands she’s involved with currently. “Umm, quite a few at the minute.”
She laughs, then changes her mind. “Well, actually, not too many.” You get the feeling, though, that her definition of ‘not too many’ differs slightly from everyone else’s.
We start with her solo work. Her 2012 debut album Take Flight, caught the ears of the local music press and earned her favourable comparisons to Andrea Corr and Tori Amos. She’s back in the studio soon, recording a few songs to follow up.
“I’ve started a band again, and we’re doing some recording next Friday with a drummer and a bass player, so I’m looking forward to that.”
It’s a slightly different tack to her previous work, she explains. “Previously I had a group of musicians who were involved on some of the songs. I played guitar and piano and sang. I did my stuff and then got people in to record stuff over that.
“For this next project I’ve got four songs, and we’ll be recording it a bit more like a live band.”
She also moonlights as a synth player for North East collective Peculiar Disco Moves, and sings with female close harmony group The Shoeshop Quartet
At October’s Oxjam festival, where after her mid-afternoon solo set at Ouseburn Farm, she took to the stage twice more at the Cluny 2. She duetted briefly with The Toxic Melons before going on to play a full set with Peculiar Disco Moves.
“It wasn’t like I played three full sets though! And I do enjoy it, so I don’t feel too busy.”
Originally from North Yorkshire, Clancy originally moved up to study music at Newcastle University, and fell in love with the city and its welcoming local music scene.
“I love the Ouseburn,” she continues, “and I think it does help that there’s that there’s a place which is up for having lots of different types of music on.”
Currently she balances her day job as a music teacher with gigging and recording activities. It’s a work ethic that has cemented her status locally, but she has longer-term thoughts of venturing further afield too.
“As long as I’m making a living out of making music, I’ll be happy. But it would be nice to play more venues around the UK and I’d love to keep recording and reaching more people. Maybe get some more radio play...”
She states this with a degree of tentativeness that is probably unnecessary.
She’s got a smattering of live dates lined up across November with The Shoeshop Quartet and Peculiar Disco Moves, and a solo show at The Cluny 2 on November 2. We’d recommend you try and see her somewhere soon.