Hastings’ talents not just as a musician but as a compelling storyteller were obvious – THE HERALD
A genuine treat – FATEA
Claire Hastings is a folksinger/songwriter originally from Dumfries. A graduate of the Scottish Music degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Claire is currently living and working in Glasgow.
In 2015 Claire won the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year award. Since winning the title she has performed at many high-profile events including BBC Proms in the Park with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra and at BBC Music Day, where she sang alongside Lulu, Jamie Cullum and Deacon Blue. Other performance highlights include singing for the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in London’s National Theatre, at Orkney Folk Festival supporting Seth Lakeman, at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and playing Nancy (Clarinda) McLehose in ‘A Man’s a Man’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Claire has featured on radio programmes across the UK and worldwide including BBC Radio Scotland’s The Culture Studio with Janice Forsyth and BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe. She has also had television appearances on BBC Alba and features prominently on the soundtrack for Anthony Baxter’s documentary; ‘You’ve Been Trumped Too’ (2016).
As well as performing, Claire is also involved in several teaching projects throughout Scotland. She teaches Scottish music, singing and ukulele in primary schools around Dumfries and Galloway through Feis Rois’ Youth Music Initiative and regularly teaches Voice at The Gaitherin (Aberdeenshire) and Feis an Iar Dheas (Dumfries). Claire is also qualified to teach early years Colourstrings and was involved with New Rhythms for Glasgow leading singing workshops for adults with mental health issues (GAMH).
In 2016, Claire released her debut album ‘Between River and Railway’ to critical acclaim (An exquisite album SONGLINES) and embarked on tours throughout Scotland, England and New Zealand. She also performed at Lorient Festival Interceltique as well as other international performances.
Lineups include The Claire Hastings Band, Top Floor Taivers and a duo with Robyn Stapleton. Robyn and Claire are on the Live Music Now Scotland scheme together, providing live music for isolated groups including care homes and schools.
Top Floor Taivers have recently launched their debut album; ‘A Delicate Game’ which will be toured throughout the UK this year.