New Release: Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – Bathed In Light

Today, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker have unveiled Bathed In Light, their new single from the forthcoming record Seedlings All – released March 23rd

Josienne explains the background to the song, “As a performer I’ve always been torn between my need for attention and my fear of how exposing it is, especially as a songwriter. In that 30 seconds before the first note when the audience is silent and the lights are on you, I’m gripped with nerves and I ask myself ‘why do you put yourself through this?’ This song is basically the narrative that runs through my head as I sweat and panic. I want it to go well, and my stage fright has always come from a fear that I’m not really made of strong enough stuff for a performing career but I’ve gone and wasted my life trying to do it and what else would I do and by the second or third note I love it…..”

Seedlings All is Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker’s first album to be made up of all original songs and is songwriter Clarke’s most autobiographical work to date. She explains: “For the first time I’m out there alone with a bunch of songs that expose my insecurities, fears of failure and inflated pride. They deal with my own specific thoughts and feelings about the reality of pursuing this kind of career, the cost to personal relationships, circumstance and lifestyle, and asking the question – “Is this still worth it?” They’re about trying to find an inner balance in an environment that doesn’t provide any balance or certainty. Where one day everything is brilliant and the next day it could all be over. Where one night ends in a standing ovation and the next starts by playing to an empty room”

Forthcoming tour dates include…

Mar 9th-11th – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Australia
Mar 14th – The Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
Mar 16th-18th – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, Australia
Mar 30th – Sage 2, Gateshead
Mar 31st – Gullivers, Manchester
Apr 4th – Cookie, Leicester
Apr 5th – Portland Arms, Cambridge
Apr 6th – Colston 2, Bristol
Apr 7th – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Apr 8th – Boilerroom, Guildford
Apr 10th – Arts Centre, Norwich
Apr 11th – Komedia, Brighton
May 2nd – Paper Dress Vintage, London