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 Tams on ’ s Bairns). Since graduating, Claire has toured successfully in the UK, Europe and New Zealand 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.
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.