Claire Lynch

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Claire Lynch
Born (1954-02-20) February 20, 1954 (age 64)[1]
Kingston, New York, U.S.
Years active1977–present
Associated actsFront Porch String Band

Claire Lynch is an American bluegrass musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. She is a three-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year honors.[3] She is considered one of the two best female voices in bluegrass, a recognition she shares with Dale Ann Bradley.[3]

Early life[edit]

Lynch moved to Huntsville, Alabama from Kingston, New York when she was 12 years old.[4] She grew up in a musical family, with her mother playing the piano and her father singing.[5] She had two sisters with whom she would sing, including doing trios at church. In high school, she spent time writing and recording songs.[5]


Lynch's musical career transitioned during college when she became interested in bluegrass music. She joined a band called Hickory Wind, which eventually changed its name to the Front Porch String Band.[5] Lynch played with the group until 1981, when it retired from the road. She then pursued a dual career of music and raising a family. The Front Porch String Band reunited in 1991, releasing the album Lines and Traces.[5]


Title Album details Peak positions
US Bluegrass
Breakin' It
  • Release date: 1982
  • Label: Ambush Records
Friends for a Lifetime
  • Release date: 1995
  • Label: Rounder Records
Silver and Gold
  • Release date: August 5, 1997
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Release date: April 11, 2000
  • Label: Rounder Records
Out in the Country
New Day
  • Release date: March 28, 2006
  • Label: Rounder Records
Crowd Favorites
  • Release date: October 9, 2007
  • Label: Rounder Records
Whatcha Gonna Do
  • Release date: August 25, 2009
  • Label: Rounder Records
Dear Sister
  • Release date: May 28, 2013
  • Label: Compass Records[2]
North by South 5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Lynch has won numerous awards in her career, including being named the best female vocalist in 1997, 2010, and 2013 by the International Bluegrass Music Association. She also received a USA Walker Fellowship Award in 2012.[7]

Lynch's 1995 album Moonlighter was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards, and her 2016 album North By South was nominated for the same award at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.


  1. ^ Harris, Craig. "Claire Lynch Biography". Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b Morris, David (28 March 2013). "New Music from Claire Lynch". Bluegrass Today. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b Papadatos, Markso (16 November 2013). "Review: Claire Lynch shines on angelic studio album Dear Sister". Digital Journal. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  4. ^ Wake, Matt (19 August 2014). "Claire Lynch, bluegrass star, former Huntsville resident tells story behind 'Dear Sister' LP". Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d Weber, Mark (15 October 2015). "Claire Lynch Band including Red Deer on current tour". Lacomb Express. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Claire Lynch Album & Song Chart History – Bluegrass Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  7. ^ Hughes, Ellen (27 January 2014). "Post-modern Bluegrass? Claire Lynch Band Breaks Out at ABC". Penn Live. Retrieved 2 September 2014.

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