Folksinger, songwriter and ukulele player Claire Hastings has made a name for herself on the folk scene since winning BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2015.
Since then Claire has toured internationally as a solo artist, with The Claire Hastings Band and Top Floor Taivers. She has shared the stage with the likes of Lulu, Jamie Cullum, Deacon Blue and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Originally from Dumfries and Galloway, Claire has a strong ability to portray a story through song. She has a voice that’s made for Scots song, and is known for her varied repertoire of traditional, contemporary and original songs. You can hear her stunning delivery in critically acclaimed albums Between River and Railway and Those Who Roam.
"Claire does more than simply sing a song, she takes you to the story and sits you comfortably right beside the singer" (Folk Radio UK)
Hailing from North Iceland, siblings Örn Eldjárn, Ösp Eldjárn and Björk Eldjárn fuse together Nordic melancholic folk and Americana. Together as Blood Harmony, they make their debut appearance at Celtic Connections.
Örn is one of Iceland’s most sought after guitarists. He is also a member of bands such as Tilbury, Valdimar and Júníus Meyvant, as well as being a film music composer. Ösp, influenced by the UK folk scene, released her first solo album Tales from a Poplar Tree in 2017. The album was nominated as the folk album of the year at the Icelandic Music Awards. They join forces with their sister Björk, who until Blood Harmony, had not followed her sibling’s musical path but went on to study textile and folklore.