Bluegrass singer Claire Lynch launches bank holiday weekend entertainment

Claire Lynch at Buxton Opera House on August 28
Claire Lynch at Buxton Opera House on August 28

Music lovers are in for a treat to kick off the long August bank holiday weekend.

Grammy nominated Claire Lynch, accompanied by her band, will be raising the rafters of Buxton Opera House in a live concert on Friday night.

A pioneer of bluegrass country music, Claire is a big star in America, but she says the UK isn’t far behind. “Folks in the UK know a lot more about the genre than you would think.” says Claire.

“I’ve found people are well-educated in bluegrass and the history of country music.” ​

Dolly Parton has acknowledged Claire as ‘one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business’. Claire said: “She was very kind to give me the quote. I was her back-up singer for her Bluegrass albums. So she knew me and had worked with me.”

Does that mean there could be a Dolly/ Claire collaboration on the cards? “‘She’s been sweet to do that with other folks she’s worked with... Rhonda Vincent for example, I suppose I could ask her if she would...”

So what can we expect from The Claire Lynch Band’s Buxton show? “I have a team of world class musicians delivering heart wrenching original songs and classic covers. The show even has some Appalachian clogging and hand bone percussion.’

Tickets cost £15.50.