Clare Moore

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Clare Moore near Flinders Street station, Melbourne, 2012

Clare Christina Moore[1] is an Australian musician, songwriter, arranger, producer and performer whose principal instrument is the drums. She has also performed as a keyboard player, singer and vibraphone player. Moore writes and performs with Dave Graney, her husband, fronting various bands including The Moodists, Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes, the Lurid Yellow Mist featuring Dave Graney and Clare Moore and, currently, Dave Graney & the mistLY.[2]

She also writes, sings and performs as part of The Dames, a band she formed with Kaye Louise Patterson (piano).


Moore began performing in 1974, playing drums for a singing nun (Sister Janet Mead) in Adelaide. The Moodists went to the UK in 1983 on an independent record deal, touring extensively in Europe and the USA. In 1986, singer Dave Graney decided to pursue a solo career and, with Moore as his virtual music director, formed The Coral Snakes before returning to Australia around 1990. In the following five or six years they worked with Universal Records, for whom they recorded four albums, then continued to forge ahead independently with Dave Graney & the mistLY.

She also plays drums as part of Harry Howard and the NDE and Jane Dust and the Giant Hoopoes and plays vibes with the Ukeladies.

Moore has made about 30 albums and many EPs. Other than the drums, she sings and plays the vibraphone and keyboards. She works in the studio to make her own CDs and remix the work of other artists. She released her first solo album The Third Woman in 2001. Working with Dave Graney, Moore co-wrote the soundtrack to the Tony Martin film Bad Eggs.[3]

Other film soundtrack work has been done for various ABC documentaries as well as the short film "ray" by Tony Mahony and the feature JOHNNY GHOST (Donna McRae 2012) .

Studio Production work[edit]

Recording and mixing the two albums by the Darling Downs (Kim Salmon and Ron Peno) "How can I forget this heart of Mine?(2005) "From one to another" (2007)
Mixing "International Travel" by Kaye Louise Patterson (2007)

Recording and mixing "a spray of red from the deep" by Jane Dust (2008)

Appearances and bands[edit]

Moore estimates the number of her live performances at around 2500 appearances. She has performed or recorded with the following artists and groups:


  • "FEARFUL WIGGINGS" dave graney – Cockaigne 2014
  • THE DAMES self-titled album on COCKAIGNE 2013
  • PRETTY – Harry Howard and the NDE (Spooky 2013)
  • Soundtrack to Johnny Ghost – a film by Donna McRae – digital only release 2013
  • You've Been in My Mind (w/ the Mistly, Cockaigne/Fuse 2012)
  • Near Death Experience (Harry Howard and the NDE – Spooky 2012)
  • Space Odyssey Part 1 (w/ Jane Dust & The Giant Hoopoes, Independent 2012)
  • Rock N Roll Is Where I Hide (w/ the Lurid yellow Mist, Liberation 2011)
  • The Ukeladies
  • Supermodified (w/ Dave Graney, Illustrious Artists 2010)
  • Jane Dust (w/ Jane Dust, Vitamin 2010)
  • Knock Yourself Out (w/ Dave Graney, Cockaigne/Fuse 2009)
  • we wuz curious (w/ the Lurid yellow Mist, Illustrious Artists 2008)
  • International Travel (w/ Kaye Louise Patterson 2008)
  • Rock Formations (w/ SALMON, Bang! 2007)
  • Keepin' it Unreal (w/ Dave Graney, Cockaigne/Reverberation 2006/7)
  • Hashish and Liquor (double disc w/ Dave Graney, Reverberation 2005)
  • Devil and Daughter (w/ Stu Thomas, audrey/Bang! 2004/7)
  • The Brother Who Lived (The Royal Dave Graney Show, Cockaigne 2003)
  • Bad Eggs soundtrack (David Graney and Clare Moore, Liberation, 2003)
  • Two Fisted Art (The Moodists, WMinc, 2003)
  • Heroic Blues (The Dave Graney Show, Cockaigne 2002)
  • The Third Woman (Clare Moore solo CD, Chapter Music 2001)
  • Record (Kim Salmon & The Business, Half A Cow 2000)
  • Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (The Dave Graney Show, Cockaigne 2000)
  • The Dave Graney Show (The Dave Graney Show, Festival 1998)
  • The Devil Drives (Coral Snakes, Universal 1997)
  • The Soft'n'Sexy Sound (Coral Snakes, Universal 1995)
  • You Wanna Be There but You Don't Wanna Travel (Coral Snakes, Universal 1994)
  • Night of the Wolverine (Coral Snakes, Universal 1993)
  • Lure of the Tropics (Coral Snakes, Torn and Frayed 1992)
  • I was the Hunter and I was the Prey (Coral Snakes, Fire 1992)
  • My Life on the Plains (White Buffaloes, Fire, 1990)
  • Double Life (The Moodists, 1985)
  • Thirstys Calling (The Moodists, 1984)
  • Engine Shudder (The Moodists, 1982)


  1. ^ ""All of Me" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  2. ^ Patrick Donovan (17 November 2005), "Dave Graney and Clare Moore", The Sydney Morning Herald
  3. ^ Jonathan Pearlman (15 August 2003), "David Graney and Clare Moore, Bad Eggs", The Sydney Morning Herald

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