I was deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of Claire Hamilton. Claire was an exceptionally gifted Bard; not only was she a fabulous musician, recording many beautiful harp albums but she was also a wonderful performer, storyteller and writer. For all those lucky enough to be present at one of Claire’s performances, she will be remembered for her gift of transporting the listener to other worlds, carried upon the beauty of her harp and the magic of her voice.
Claire was a scholar of Celtic, Arthurian and Greek Mythology but her understanding of these fascinating tales was not merely academic – she had that enviable ability to get to the emotional heart of a story – to understand it in her bones – and because of this intimate connection to the language, imagery and archetypal pulse of these myths, Claire could crack them open for the listener to effortlessly enter, the mundane world slipping away to reveal the magic beneath. Isn’t that the true gift of a Bard, to reflect back to us the depth, power, pain and joy of this wonderful life we are blessed with? Claire had the power to make the listener feel these stories in their bodies, to grow them in their imaginations, revealing the wisdom at their core.
She wrote both non-fiction and fiction. Her books Tales of the Celtic Bards, Maiden, Mother, Crone: Voices of the Goddess and Celtic Seasonal Meditations are inspired retellings of Celtic Myth and show both her skill as a writer and teller of stories.
Shortly before her death, Claire had completed her novel, I, A Child. She had agent interest but had yet to secure a publisher. Claire’s partner Steve Eddy has put together a crowdfunding campaign so that people can contribute to the posthumous publication of Claire’s novel – if you would like to be involved please click here. It is a wonderful way to pay tribute to Claire’s life and talent.
Claire was an Honoray Bard of OBOD; she has left us an enduring legacy that will continue to bring joy and inspiration. She touched many people not only with her extraordinary creative fire but also with her warmth and intelligence; she was a wonderful person and a beautiful soul who will be deeply missed by all those that had the pleasure of knowing her.