Claire Hastings & Pablo Lafuente
13th February 2020
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 delighted audiences at home and abroad with her 'natural, effortless Scots voice.' (FRUK)
An honours graduate of the Scottish Music degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Claire specialized 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 and with The Claire Hastings Band, and has performed at international festivals including Festival Interceltique de Lorient and Celtic Connections. Standout performances also 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 for a video.
Claire’s debut album ‘Between River and Railway’ was released in 2016 to critical acclaim. (Exquisite SONGLINES) Her much-awaited second album ‘Those Who Roam’, launched at Celtic Connections 2019, features traditional and original songs under the theme of journeys. (Highly engaging THE SCOTSMAN)
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 several teaching projects throughout Scotland including Feis Rois’ Youth Music Initiative, The Gaitherin (Aberdeenshire) and Feis an Iar Dheas (Dumfries). Claire is also qualified to teach Colourstrings for early years, and has led several adult singing workshops for community groups and choirs.
Claire is particularly passionate about her work with Live Music Now Scotland; a charity based organisation which brings 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, nurseries and various other community groups.
Pablo Lafuente’s experiences are no less varied. He’s put down cultural roots in Scotland, exploring the tradition to its deepest core. Since completing his studies of guitar and fiddle at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional music he’s been in high demand, playing, recording and touring internationally with artists including: Anxo Lorenzo, The Outside Track, Barluath, Sketch and Barátok- a groundbreaking new collaboration between Hungarian violinist Zoltán Lantos and Scottishpercussionist Iain Copeland.