Irish woman thunders into Swedish rock band

A singer from Ireland has been sharing how she got headhunted by Swedish girl rock band Thundermother and is now aiming for European success with the group.

Irish woman thunders into Swedish rock band
Clare Cunningham from Ireland now fronts a Swedish rock band. Photo: Thundermother
Clare Cunningham says she got a voicemail from one of Thundermother's founding members around eighteen months ago after she posted some of her own material on Youtube.
She was told that the band was looking for a new lead singer.
“At first I was very sceptical and had no idea of what was involved – and I was very busy with my own band I had in Cardiff at the time,” she told the Irish Independent.
She was initially so busy that she didn't respond to the message. 
But according to the newspaper she was persuaded by original band members Filippa Nassil and Giorgia Cateri who had also recruited bassist Linda Ström and drummer Tilda Stenqvist.
They told her that her first show would involve opening up the Metaltown festival for Motorhead, a big name on the rock music circuit.
“That obviously caught my attention and so we discussed it further and within a couple of days I was learning ten brand new songs.”
Cunningham described her first gig as "insane" and said that "from that very moment walking onto that stage my music career was about to change".
The band are currently touring Europe, with dates in the UK and Ireland this week and back in Sweden at the end of the month.

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Pensioners to recruit ageing Swedish rockers

The Swedish Pensioners Association (Pensionärernas riksorganisation - PRO) wants to cast off its "stuffy" image at the Sweden Rock festival, in a recruitment bid to set up a rock music subgroup of new members.

Pensioners to recruit ageing Swedish rockers

“We want to be in tune with the times,” local coordinator Ann-Kristin Erlandsson told The Local.

The pensioner admitted that she herself was not a rock chick, instead preferring the Beatles, but that she may dust off an old leather jacket and rip a hole in her stockings to fit in.

Rock heavy-weights such as Kiss and Europe will lead an all-star lineup of bands, including Survivor and Skid Row.

Erlandsson and 30 colleagues, meanwhile, will take turns trying to recruit new members at the four-day festival in Norje, in the southern Swedish county of Blekinge. Erlandsson said that a survey at her organization’s national office showed that almost half of the rock festival goers were aged 55 or above.

Sweden Rocks festival organizer Martin Forssman told the TT news agency that the age spread was a bit wider than that, with an average age of 37, but that they were expecting rock enthusiasts in their sixties to also attend the June 5th-8th event.

“But the PRO crew are more than welcome.”

Erlandsson remained upbeat about the recruitment drive.

“We have to reach out to people born in the 1940s who are about to retire,” she said.

“I’d be delighted if people formed a “PRO Rock” group within our organization,” she said, adding that it was time to dust off their stuffy image.

“What you hear is that PRO, all they do is drink coffee and eat biscuits,” Erlandsson said, adding that there would neither be coffee nor biscuits at the stand they have been allocated at one of the entrances to the festival area.

“We’ll grab them as they go in. I want the end result to be a PRO rock association,” she told The Local.

“That’s our goal, and you’ve got to have a goal in life.”

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