Claire was born and raised in the old time tradition of West Virginia. She started playing clawhammer banjo 12 years ago after the local jams were overcrowded by fiddles (it is possible!) and to become more diverse on the jam circuit. She has a special place in her heart for the minor tunes of Eastern Kentucky but has lately been influenced by the West Coast style! Claire has studied under Riley Baugus, Adam Hurt, Dave Bing, Gerry Milnes, and others. She is looking forward to sharing her take on clawhammer banjo.