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Claire Mann comes from Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England and is currently residing in Edinburgh. She is quickly establishing herself as one of the leading exponents of Traditional Irish flute, fiddle, tin whistle and song.
She spent many of the summers during her childhood visiting Ireland and attending Fleadh Cheoil competitions where she became immersed in the music. Over these years she began to play the whistle, aged ten and then the flute, aged twelve, all the time developing her own individual style and technique.
Claire won the All Ireland Flute Championships in 1993 retaining her title in 1994. During this time she added a Whistle All Ireland title and was a finalist on the Fiddle and in Singing. During those years she added over eighty Fleadh Cheoil medals and was a finalist in the prestigious BBC Young Tradition Award in 1993.
In 1995 Claire teamed up with Scots fiddle player Aidan O'Rourke to form the band Tabache. A year later they released their debut album "Are you Willing?" on KRL Lochshore to critical acclaim. Tabache toured extensively throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and the British Isles. She also worked and toured with Craobh Rua and the fantastic singer/piper Christy O'Leary, formerly of Boys of the Lough and DeDannan.
Recently Claire formed a duo with cittern/guitarist/vocalist Aaron Jones (pictured) and the pair have developed a fantastic concert show which has seen them in increasing demand at festivals throughout the country.
Claire continues to diversify, playing with theatre companies in her native Newcastle and in Edinburgh. She has also performed for the renowned British Flute Society who described her as, "…astonishing.
Her innate musical ability and technical awareness of the music continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
See also 'Claire Mannand Aaron Jones' and check out their CD Secret Orders
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