Featuring Clare Grogan
CLARE GROGAN has worked extensively in Music, Film, Television, Theatre and Radio for 30+ years. The summer she left school her band, ALTERED IMAGES, were signed to Sony Records and Clare appeared in the BAFTA winning comedy GREGORY’S GIRL directed by Bill Forsyth.
Altered Images quickly had worldwide success, selling millions of records, which topped the charts in several countries. They recorded 3 Top 10 Albums and had 6 UK Top 40 hits including ‘Don’t Talk To Me About Love’, ‘I Could Be Happy’ and ‘Happy Birthday’. They were voted BEST NEW GROUP at the NME awards the same year that they were invited to play at The Royal Command Performance. Clare and the band worked closely with Scottish painter David Band creating original pieces of art work that were released as special edition prints alongside the singles.
Clare recently received a Special Recognition Award at the Scottish Music Awards and headlined a Gala night at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and in January played to a sell out crowd in LA at the Microsoft Arena. She recently made her debut at The Royal Albert Hall where she joined Texas on stage.
The multi-talented Ms Grogan has also had roles in dozens of TV and Radio Dramas, including some of the UK's best loved TV shows: SKINS - which she also wrote songs for, used in the series. WATERLOO ROAD, EASTENDERS, DOCTORS, RED DWARF, FATHER TED, TAGGART, SEA OF SOULS, FORGIVEN. Her film credits include, GREGORY’S GIRL, COMFORT AND JOY, JILTING JO, WEDDING BELLES, SMALLEST GAME IN TOWN, LOYAL, EMO, THE PENALITY KING, BAFTA winning drama THE WEE MAN and most recently DELIRUM - which is currently doing the film festival circuit.
Clare has presented film, travel and music shows for TV and radio including the BBC's THE ONE SHOW, STV’s SCOTLAND’S REAL HEROES, ITV’s DREAM TICKET, VH 1 and VINTAGE TV. She has presented for 6MUSIC and BBC RADIO SCOTLAND. Her recent Radio 4 comedy and dramas include ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE alongside Josie Long, RUMBUNCH with Mel Giedroyc and the serialisation of MODESTY BLAISE. She also recently started hosting a new show for ABSOLUTE 80’s.
Her debut novel TALLULAH AND THE TEENSTARS reached No 2 in the Waterstone’s Children's Book Chart.
Although Altered Images are regularly on the bill at 80s themed festivals such as REWIND and LET’S ROCK.. , headline shows are a bit more of a rarity making their show at SUB89 in Reading a bit special! Recently, Clare has been playing headline shows for the first time in 13 years – she’s been enjoying misbehaving in between singing…