Claire Watts has been keen Irish traditional flute and tin whistle player since she was a child. She has always had a love of singing and writing songs, and she has been composing moving and beautiful songs since her teens. Having had a strong connection to the traditional scene in Bath from the days when she lived here, she is proud to be launching her new album at the Bath Folk Festival this year!
“Claire Watts is a lovely singer with a clear, honest and beautiful voice. You’d have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by these songs” – John Spillane.
Playing in various sessions and with different bands in Somerset, Claire has been around the area since the late ‘80s, busking the night shift on the streets of Bath. She completed a Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance at Limerick University. Though her music is tightly connected to her Irish identity, she came back to Bath to pursue her career before living in Slough and being an integral part of the legendary Herschel Arms sessions, where she met her partner Gerry Hegarty – a great fiddle player. The pair now live in West Clare but are regular tutors on the Bath Traditional Music Summer School and always enjoy coming back to the city that was Claire’s home for so long.