Hastings’ talents not just as a musician but as a compelling storyteller are obvious – THE HERALD
A genuine treat – FATEA
Claire Hastings is a folksinger/songwriter based in Glasgow. Since winning BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2015, Claire’s career has gone from strength to strength. Performance highlights include singing with Lulu, Jamie Cullum, and Deacon Blue at BBC Music Day, and taking centre stage for BBC Proms in the Park with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
An honours graduate of the Scottish Music degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Claire specialized in Scots Song with expert tuition from Gordeanna McCulloch (The Clutha) and Rod Paterson (Jock Tamson’s Bairns). Since graduating in 2011, Claire has travelled the world with her ukulele and has featured in many festival line ups and on stages at home and abroad.
‘Between River and Railway’, Claire’s debut solo album, was released in 2016 to critical acclaim:
An exquisite album – SONGLINES
Touches the soul, and lifts the heart – FOLK RADIO UK
Claire is now working towards her second album which is due for release next year.
With an HNC in Acting and Performance, Claire is also a talented actor and has featured in several theatrical productions. She played Clarinda in the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show ‘A Man’s a Man’ about the life of Robert Burns, which received excellent reviews. She has also had television appearances 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 singing at The Gaitherin (Aberdeenshire) and Feis an Iar Dheas (Dumfries). Claire is also qualified to teach early years Colourstrings and has taught adult singing workshops at GAMH, Sangstream and Blackford Sings amongst others.
Claire is particularly passionate about her work with Live Music Now Scotland; a charity based organisation which brings live music to a range of audiences. Since 2013, she has been involved in various projects with LMNS alongside singer Robyn Stapleton and group Aonach Mòr, and has worked with a range of groups including the elderly, teenagers in care and early years.
Claire currently performs as a solo artist and with various musicians in The Claire Hastings Band. She is also a quarter of Top Floor Taivers, who launched their first album ‘A Delicate Game’ earlier this year.