Singer songwriter Clela Errington has a voice that is timeless and true, effortlessly reaching beyond technique and trends to wrap you in a warm soul embrace. Clela’s vibrant blend of folk and jazz creates the perfect vehicle for her intimate and dynamic vocal delivery, and nowhere are her gifts more evident than in her original songs. Her compelling, unaffected stage presence and easy smile promise something exceptional, and Clela delivers.
“Much like Eva Cassidy, when you hear Clela sing for the first time, you wonder where this voice has been all your life, and want to hear more.” – Bob Mersereau, CBC Radio Canada
Clela is an accomplished instrumentalist, playing guitar, harmonica and ukulele. Her harmonica composition Lace Curtains was awarded Best Instrumental – Honourable Mention in the Folk Music Ontario competition Songs from The Heart.
As an artist, Clela is inspired by the beauty and power of the natural world, particularly the geography of her childhood home in the Thousand Islands region of the St Lawrence River. Before settling in Toronto ON, Clela spent five years living on Canada’s east coast, performing in P.E.I., New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
Throughout 2011, Clela performed and recorded with Toronto drummer John Adames (Prairie Oyster, BeBop Cowboys, Brothers Cosmoline).
In 2012, Clela began singing with the women’s chorus, Essentia Vocal Ensemble inspired by, created and conducted by the late Rosemary Phelan. This collective of singers and instrumentalists included many of the bright lights on the folk music scene in Ontario.
Juno award winner Alec Fraser produced Clela’s 2014 release More Love and Happiness.
Half the songs on the album feature these fine musicians: Chris Bartos, George Koller, John Adames, Ed Roth, Steve Briggs, John Sheard and Clela’s daughter Jocelyn Barth. The other half are just Clela singing and accompanying herself. More Love and Happiness received high praise from Canadian and European music reviewers and bloggers.
“With her bold blend of folk and jazz she delivers a consistently engaging album that explores the genres and effects a startlingly pure amalgam.” – Dan Holland, Folkwords
“In a hectic and noisy world, More Love and Happiness is a place of calm refuge where I meet another crazy/beautiful notion: if a single voice could heal the world, Clela’s just might be it.” – Malcolm Gould, CBC Radio
Clela performs in Toronto and has been a featured artist at Canadian Folk Festivals and Folk Clubs including; Folk Harbour Festival, Lunenburg NS. Peterborough Folk Festival, Winterfolk and Acoustic Harvest in Toronto ON.