Claudia Robin Gunn’s warm, kindie-folk melodies capture the golden essence of childhood, offering a lens onto the child’s world that is as sweetly nostalgic for adult listeners as it is captivating for little folk.
Little Wild Lullabies (released 2016) is her debut children’s album but its assurance suggests an experienced songwriter; indeed, Claudia has industry credentials; two of the featured singles have won APRA awards for Best Children’s Song of the Year and the album was a finalist for Children’s Album of the Year in the 2017 New Zealand Children’s Music Awards. In pre-children days Claudia released an album with her electronic act Substax which you can check out here at bandcamp, and her songwriting started all the way back in high school days at Takapuna Grammar School.
A full, satisfying listen, in this album harmonies rule, and subtle production touches add complexity and substance to her girl-next-door freshness. Carried on warm, uplifting melodies, lyrics are a highlight, treading a path between wistfulness and exuberance. Infused with wonder, the songs are held together by an over-arching sense of safety and love. This snug-as-a-blanket aural world was produced at The Boatshed and Hum Studios in Bayswater by Bruce Lynch and Andy Lynch respectively.
As a mother of two, Claudia is well versed in the big questions that little people ask, and these songs elevate the themes of childhood, giving the child’s voice breathing space and the dignity of a wide, inclusive stage. Like a gentle coaching session for parents, reminding them to slow down and count the puffs on their children’s dandelion clocks, Little Wild Lullabies is an album that works as well for the families of long-awaited newborns as it does for school-age children. This world of security and magic is one that you would wish for any child.
Since music is such a powerful way to calm little brains, increase attention spans and grow hearts and attitudes and families, Claudia works to use her talents in support of causes and organisations that improve kids lives in New Zealand and elsewhere. Locally that has taken shape in the ‘Little Wild Storynights’ series run with Uxbridge Arts & Culture - for two years now that has been a fixture for families with its mix of songs, stories and supper for the kiddies. For Claudia it’s a chance to showcase new songs, share favourite tales from near and far, and light a little twilight spark in childhood imaginations.