Laura-Beth is a well kent face on the Glasgow Folk and Roots scene, a founding member of renowned folk band The Shee and was nominated for the MG Alba Composer of the year award in 2013 after the success of her Celtic Connections commission and debut album ‘Breathe.’ She is also an active tutor of mandolin and youth projects all over the UK.
She has toured extensively with bands such as Shooglenifty, Frigg and Dougie MacLean’s ‘The MacLean Project,’ as well having recently formed an exciting new duo with leading Scottish guitarist, Jenn Butterworth (Fiddlers Bid, The Anna Massie Band).
Laura-Beth hails from Lincolnshire, where her parents immersed her in a diverse range of musical influences from an early age. They ran a local session which lead to Laura-Beth’s background in Old-time, Bluegrass and Blues music. Feeling a desire to progress further, she moved to Newcastle to study the mandolin and composition on the Folk Music Degree and this is where she met her fellow band members in The Shee, as well as discovering a love for exploring traditional music from all over the world.
Now, although heavily rooted in American traditional music, Laura-Beth works on a range of projects within the Scottish traditional music scene, most recently her duo with Jenn and a new cross-over project alongside Ali Hutton (Old Blind Dogs), Innes Watson (Treacherous Orchestra), Patsy Reid (formerly Breabach), Andrea Gobbi (Laki Mera) and Duncan Lyall (Kate Rusby Band).