As far back as Claudette can remember she enjoyed writing stories, drawing, painting, and singing, and when her parents acquired a piano. However, being a teenager in the late 60’s Claudette wanted to play guitar and write songs, and through a chance meeting, her path in the world of music was set, learning her trade via a dance band, and rock group to eventually becoming a solo entertainer, before moving into the world of recording and teaching.
In 2015 Claudette retired to concentrate on her writings, and artwork, soon becoming involved with local writing groups. Then going into 2020 and Lockdown, Claudette was invited to work alongside a local collaboration between BCBC and Awen Trust called Stronger Together Bridgend assisting with editing audio and making videos pertaining to all things creative and this led to her hosting a monthly podcast entitled ‘Pen to Paper’.
Fast forward to 2022 and once again Claudette has returned to her first love, songwriting, and is collaborating with local poet Kevin Bryant adapting his words into lyrics and then setting them to music, in a project called ‘Curlers and Coal.’ All the songs relate to every aspect of life in the Welsh Valleys, from the ‘Four Foot Tall Valley Cowboy’ to ‘A Special Breed’ a song devoted to the life of the Collier.