Top Floor Taivers are a young and fresh Glasgow based band performing traditional and contemporary Scottish songs and tunes. Coming from Scotland, England and Ireland, Top Floor Taivers combine stunning vocals with piano, fiddle and clarsach to create unique arrangements of traditional folk songs and tunes as well as their own compositions.
Nominated in the Up and Coming Artist category at the 2016 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Top Floor Taivers released their highly anticipated debut album A Delicate Game in January 2017. With unique arrangements of traditional Scottish songs like The False Bride, to contemporary Scottish songs like Princess Rosanna by Findlay Napier, and Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen, this exciting new album has something in it for everyone.
Since forming in 2013 the band have performed across Scotland and Ireland, with highlights including BBC Music Day, Stonehaven Folk Festival, Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party, and Celtic Connections amongst others. In 2017 they will be touring their new album and will be performing a tour of Germany in 2018.
These four are incredibly talented. Certainly worthy of a lot more exposure. Four to watch out for.
FOLK RADIO UK
Claire Hastings is a folksinger/songwriter originally from Dumfries. A graduate of the Scottish Music degree at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Claire is Currently living and working in Glasgow.
In 2015 Claire won the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year award. Since winning the title she has performed at many high-profile events including BBC Proms in the Park with the Scottish Symphony Orchestra and at BBC Music Day, where she sand alongside Lulu, Jamie Cullum and Deacon Blue. Other performance highlights include singing for the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in London’s National Theatre, at Orkney Folk Festival supporting Seth Lakeman, at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh and playing Nancy (Clarinda) McLehose in ‘A Man’s a Man’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2016, Claire released her debut album ‘Between River and Railway’ to critical acclaim, and embarked on tours throughout Scotland, England and New Zealand, with one-off performances in Helsinki and Lorient.
Other lineups include The Claire Hastings Band and in a duo with Robyn Stapleton.
Hastings’ talents not just a musician but as a compelling storyteller were obvious. THE HERALD
A genuine treat. FATEA
Tina Jordan Rees is a Glasgow based folk musician originally from Lancashire. Tina plays piano, flute and whistles and she also Irish dances. She was a nominee in the ‘Composer of the Year’ category at the 2014 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards and in the ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ category in 2013. Tina graduated in 2011 from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with a BA (Hons) in Scottish Music, and she was a finalist in the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award in 2011.
Tina’s current projects include playing piano/backing vocals in song band Top Floor Taivers, in a duo with fiddler Gráinne Brady playing all their own compositions, and also in a duo with fiddler Kristan Harvey as part of Live Music Now, bringing live music to a wide audience and to those who might not normally be able to access it. She is also in Tradosaurus, a brand new exciting band. As well as performing Tina teaches piano, flute and whistle to pupils of all ages both privately, and at traditional music schools including Fèis Spè and Tinto Summer School. In 2016 Tina toured Germany as an Irish dancer with Scottish show Highland Blast.
As an avid composer, Tina takes her influences from many places, including the Irish dance music tradition where she is a household name. She travels the world playing for dancers and has been commissioned to compose custom music pieces for Irish dance choreography across the globe.
Heather Downie has always had a love of Scottish music, and has been singing for as along as she can remember. Her passion grew working with the late Martyn Bennett, after which she decided that a career in traditional music would be her goal.
At the age of 15 she began playing the Scottish harp and was immediately accepted into Splore, the traditional music course at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. Having graduated in 2008 from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with a first class honors BA Scottish Music, studying harp with Wendy Stewart, and piano with Mary McCarthy and James Ross, Heather went on to complete a postgraduate diploma in Scottish Music Performance, under the guidance of Corrina Hewat. She was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2015.
Heather has travelled extensively in Scotland and her music has taken her as far afield as Germany, Denmark, Latvia, and New York. She currently performs solo, in Top Floor Taivers, and The Corrina Hewat Quartet. Heather also has an interest in composition and Scottish history, folklore, and the roots of the songs and tunes in her repertoire. She has over 10 years teaching experiences, both in schools and with individual pupils. She currently tutors and lectures at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Heather’s playing has been described as ‘vibrant and thoughtful in her interpretation of traditional standards’, and audiences have commented on the purity of her voice.
Her playing and singing merge together creating a magical experience for the listener.
You accessed the deepest part of the emotion in the music. Faultless…
Gráinne Brady is a fiddle player, composer and events organiser from Co. Cavan, Ireland. Currently based in Glasgow, she is heavily involved in its folk scene, playing regularly with some of Scotland’s finest musicians. Aside from Top Floor Taivers, Gráinne also plays with The Routes Quartet, a sting quartet ensemble playing folk/contemporary arrangements and is in a duo with fellow Taivers member Tina Jordan Rees. She also works with various music organisations including Live Music Now, Enterprise Music Scotland, and Hands Up For Trad.
Taught from a young age by her father, Gráinne’s fiddling style developed from playing with her family and in local folk sessions. In her late teens she began playing regularly at traditional music festivals throughout Ireland, from which she rapidly built a vast repertoire of tunes. Her playing style style incorporates mainly music from counties Cavan, Leitrim and Clare, but continues to develop, more recently from Scottish influences.
As well as being an accomplished performer and teacher, Gráinne is a keen composer and enjoys writing and arranging music. Her enthusiasm for learning from other musicians, combined with her skill for composing new tunes, makes her fiddle playing adaptable to different types of music. The range of different projects which she is involved with, accentuated her versatile playing.