Congratulations to Claire Hastings who has been nominated in Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2023. Vote for Claire Hastings now!. It’s going to be another great night at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards on Saturday 2nd December in Dundee’s Caird Hall. Why not join us for a brilliant night of music and awards. Buy a ticket here.
We asked Claire of Claire Hastings the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
I am a folksinger/songwriter and ukulele player originally from Dumfries.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
Growing up in Dumfries and Galloway I was heavily influenced by the works of Robert Burns, which led to a passion for Scottish music. I have always felt more of a connection with folk music above all other genres due to the stories, history and incredible talent we have in Scotland!
Any particular career highlights?
Winning BBC's Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2015 was absolutely a highlight, as well as singing Auld Lang Syne for BBC's Hogmanay 2021. Two of my childhood dreams come true!
What are your plans for the future?
I am due my 2nd baby on the 29th December so things in my personal life are going to be fairly busy for the next wee while! However I am looking forward to getting back into gigs and teaching in 2024.
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The 2023 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards are on the 2nd December 2023! You will be able to watch it live in person (buy a ticket here),Watch it live in the UK at 9pm (GMT) on BBC ALBA and and around the world here. Bands performing on Saturday 2nd December include Peatbog Faeries, Mànran, Karine Polwart and Dave Milligan, Duncan Chisholm Band, Joy Dunlop Band, Aberdeen SC&T Youth and more!
If you would like to support Hands Up for Trad in their work with Scottish trad music and musicians why not become a friend of Hands Up for Trad. In addition to our high profile events like the Scots Trad Music Awards, we also deliver a less well known, education programme for young people from 8yrs right through to young adults at the start of their careers. Read more here.