Preview: Claire Hastings

Claire Hastings - Jim Gilchrist interview''Dumfries-born traditional singer and songwriter  Claire Hastings, who was this year's Young Scots Trad Musician of the Year, and will release her debut album in the new year, as well as embarking on a tour of New Zealand then a major Scots tour to promote the album. She sings a mixture of traditional and her own songs, and has already sung with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Claire Hastings - Jim Gilchrist interview''Dumfries-born traditional singer and songwriter Claire Hastings, who was this year's Young Scots Trad Musician of the Year, and will release her debut album in the new year, as well as embarking on a tour of New Zealand then a major Scots tour to promote the album. She sings a mixture of traditional and her own songs, and has already sung with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

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Dumfries-born singer/songwriter Claire Hastings has had a busy year.

In February 2015 she won the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year award. Since then, 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 the Orkney Folk Festival supporting Seth Lakeman, at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and playing Nancy McLehose in 4 star-reviewed show ‘A Man’s a Man’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Claire has featured in several radio programmes including The Culture Studio with Janice Forsyth and as a guest artist on BBC Radio Scotland’s Take The Floor with Robbie Shepherd. Last year Claire attended the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards as a finalist in the Arts category, and was nominated for Scots Singer of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.

2016 sees Claire release her highly-anticipated debut album Between River and Railway, as well as embarking on tours throughout Scotland and New Zealand. Now based in Glasgow, Claire sings with The Claire Hastings Band, Top Floor Taivers and in a duo with Robyn Stapleton.

Claire plays Yetholm’s Wauchope Hall on March 5, 7.30pm. Tickets, £8, available from Wauchope Village Shop or on 01573 420231.