A medicinal treat from Clara

A Strabane teenager is hoping her new single ‘Medicine’ will help other young people to seek help if they are struggling with mental health issues.

Clara McHugh released her latest single just two weeks ago and already it has amassed over 130k views after Unilad Sound helped spread her message.


No stranger to writing cracking tunes Clara’s latest offering takes her out of her comfort zone. She explained, “Most of the songs I have written before have been about break-ups and heartache but ‘Medicine’ is very different to that. I had a few issues with my mental health when I was younger, and I actually wrote this song when I was about 14 – but I was always reluctant to release it.

“I’ve decided now though to put it out there to see if it can help anyone who is struggling with their mental health. Basically the message is to talk about whatever is bothering you. Speak to your parents and get the help you need.

“You definitely feel more vulnerable releasing a song like this, but so far the reaction has been very positive. I had fallen in to a bit of a safety net with my songwriting – just writing about the same things I had done before – so it is really good to do something different. ‘Medicine’ means so much to me, and I put a lot of effort in to recording it, so I am really happy it is being so well received.”
Previously used to performing on her own Clara is now experimenting with a band, as a result she has been able to produce some very different music.

“The band have been helping me out,” she explained, “So it’s not just me and my guitar any more, we have produced some more upbeat tracks which I’m really enjoying.”

Alongside her musical endeavours the former Holy Cross College student is currently enjoying her first year at the prestigious British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) in Brighton, and with this formal training under her belt the future is looking increasingly bright for this talented Strabane teen.


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