Laura Ward is a case in point. Her powerful vocals would would win her many a karaoke competition but she has chosen to explore the world of roots music, to increasing acclaim. Her take on traditional Irish and American songs is highly original, as are her interpretations of contemporary material.
Although her voice could silence a room on her own her talents are fully realised by a superb bunch of backing musicians. Adding harmonies as well as superb playing are Mervyn Wallis on fiddle, multi- instrumentalist Matt Szul and Kansas born Scott Smith, whose lap steel virtuosity is already the stuff of local legend. With the occasional addition of a string bass and cajun melodeon, this is an outfit not to be missed.
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