Claire Hastings and Jenn Butterworth

claire and jenn

“Hastings’ talents not just as a musician but as a compelling storyteller were obvious” The Herald

Claire Hastings is a folksinger/songwriter originally from Dumfries. After graduating with a first class honours degree in Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2011, Claire spent 18 months travelling the world with her ukulele, but was drawn back home to Scotland and is now living in Glasgow.

Last year Claire won the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year award. Since winning the title, Claire has had the opportunity to perform 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.

For the last fifteen years Jenn Butterworth has been building her name as one of the foremost folk guitarists in the UK acoustic music scene.  She began her career performing worldwide with the award winning Anna Massie Band, visiting renowned festivals such as Shetland (SCO), Celtic Colours (CAN), Milwaukee Irish Fest (USA), Tonder Festival (DEN), Cambridge Folk Festival (ENG) and Celtic Connections (SCO).

An excellent collaborator, she has been a key member of a range of high profile folk music projects, including three of Celtic Connections’ New Voices, four years on the BBC Hogmanay Live show as a member of the All Star House Band and recently a member of folk supergroup ‘Songs of Separation’ involving an array of prominent folk artists including Eliza Carthy, Lady Maisery and Karine Polwart.