A unique and original talent
Claire Hastings is a Scottish folksinger, songwriter and ukulele player based in Glasgow. In 2015 she earned the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year, and has since made a name for herself on the folk scene with her 'natural, effortless Scots voice.' (FRUK)
An honours graduate of the Scottish Music degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Claire specialised in Scots Song with expert tuition from Gordeanna McCulloch (The Clutha) and Rod Paterson (Jock Tamson’s Bairns). Since graduating, Claire has toured successfully in the UK, Europe and New Zealand as a solo artist, with guitarist Jenn Butterworth, The Claire Hastings Band and also Top Floor Taivers, and has performed at international festivals including Festival Interceltique de Lorient and Celtic Connections. Standout performances include BBC Proms in the Park with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra, singing alongside Lulu, Jamie Cullum and Deacon Blue at Glasgow's City Halls and collaborating with soul singer Joss Stone.
Claire has a strong ability to portray a story through song, and is known for her varied repertoire of traditional, contemporary and original songs as demonstrated in albums ‘Between River and Railway’ (Exquisite SONGLINES) and ‘Those Who Roam’ (Highly engaging THE SCOTSMAN), launched at Celtic Connections 2019.
With an HNC in Acting and Performance, Claire is also a talented actor and has featured in several theatrical productions. She played Clarinda in 5-star reviewed 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show ‘A Man’s a Man’ about the life of Robert Burns. (Oozed brilliance BROADWAY BABY).
Claire’s vocals feature prominently on the soundtrack for Anthony Baxter’s documentary; ‘You’ve Been Trumped Too’ (2016).
As well as performing, Claire has also been involved with various teaching projects throughout Scotland including sessions in nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools, community groups, charities and choirs. It is Claire's experience and qualification in Colourstrings for early years that led her to start 'Claire's Music Club' in May 2020; providing online, interactive music workshops for children and their carers.
Claire is particularly passionate about her work with Live Music Now Scotland and Music in Hospitals; charity based organisations that bring 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 the elderly, teenagers in care and young children.
Recently Claire began working with Nevis Ensemble to provide songwriting workshops for homeless charity Social Bite.
A remarkably talented singer-songwriter SONGLINES
A compelling storyteller STIRRINGS
A unique and original talent MAVERICK
A genuine treat FATEA
Claire does more than simply sing a song, she takes you to the story and sits you comfortably right beside the singer FOLK RADIO UK