Sunday, August 31, 2008

Remembering Clair


Claire Frances Stroface, lead singer and music producer, 61, of North Weymouth, died on Friday July 25th following a long illness.

A native New Yorker, Claire’s lifelong musical career began in high school on Long Island when she produced and fronted an all-girl doo-wop group. After moving to Massachusetts, she sang with a number of female rock bands throughout the 70s and 80s, such as Lilith, Liberty Standing, The Ina Ray Band, and Trans-Sister. Claire also handled their stage production, musical arrangements, business management, and studio production, as well as contributing original songs.

Her bands headlined at the Paradise in Boston, the Peppermint Lounge in New York, and many New England clubs and events. In addition, she was a studio producer for Lizzie Borden and the Axes and did live concert production for acts including Holly Near and Cris Williamson. In recent years Claire worked tirelessly for Oxfam America, but still remained active in the entertainment field as a popular mobile DJ.

She is survived by her sister Debbie, brother George, and many loving friends and fellow women musicians. Tributes in her honor may be sent to Oxfam (Boston, MA) or Ladyslipper Music (Durham, NC).

A brief memorial service will be held in Provincetown on Saturday, September 13th, at the Unitarian church on Commercial Street at 2PM. There'll be live and pre-recorded music, and whoever would like to share a story, a memory, an image recalled, or any thoughts of Claire is most welcome to do so. Then her ashes will be committed, along with her favorite M 'n Ms, to the ocean, and her soul will return to the universe, where we wish she may find peace, love, and rock 'n roll for all eternity.

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