Claire Tonti performs her album Matrescence, a celebration of the messy, complex, beautiful and sometimes brutal transition to motherhood.
Fresh off the back of sold out shows in her hometown in Melbourne Australia, Claire will be performing 11 intimate indie folks songs about love, identity loss and motherhood, overcoming birth trauma, grief and the complexity of parenting as a creative.
Claire will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist, Ezekiel Fenn, with special guest Susannah Dale from the Maternity Pledge – a social enterprise dedicated to keeping women in work after maternity leave and raising awareness of matrescence.
Performing at Kingsborough Gardens Sanctuary, Glasgow – this is going to be such a unique and atmospheric show.
Of the album Claire says, “The songs for this album poured out of me when I finally gave myself permission to be still and figure out what I wanted to do and who I was beyond fulfilling all the roles women are expected to be. The title of this album, Matrescence, describes our transition to motherhood. When a baby is born, so is a mother. Equivalent both physically and psychologically to adolescence with all its awkward hormones, gigantic identity shifts and general life upheaval. There is so much that we’re only beginning to understand about what actually happens to women when they become mothers – both incredibly wonderful and undeniably difficult, complex and sometimes traumatic.”
Available for streaming the album itself features pared back production by collaborator and producer Ezekiel Fenn allowing the concise melodies and Claire’s warm, emotive vocals to take centre stage. Acoustic instrumentation makes up the body of the work, as well as a cameo from Claire’s daughter on her latest single Free, which speaks to breaking away from female societal expectations. The downtempo Self is stripped back with just guitar, drums and bass, and discusses overcoming birth trauma and post natal depression. The roomy Lullaby feels like you’re sitting next to Claire by the piano featuring recordings from her original voice memos, whilst the uptempo and breezy All Kinds of Lovely sees her sing a duet with her own manipulated voice, reminiscent of Feist, Holly Throsby and Lucy Rose.
Bring your friends, mother’s group, mums or the humans who are in the parenting trenches with you this is going to be a really special show.