....Music from Ireland, Scotland, England, Nova Scotia, Central France and Galicia on a dazzling array of wind-powered instruments, including flutes, whistles, concertina, voice, and many bagpipes - Scottish, French and English, bellows and blown.
....Performing in concert, and for community programs, theatrical productions and studio projects.
....Teaching traditional music, through lessons and workshops
"Celtic music wizard" — Minneapolis Star Tribune
With ardent mastery, Laura MacKenzie performs music from Ireland, Scotland, England, Central France, Galicia, Nova Scotia and Minnesota on a splendid array of wind-powered instruments and voice. Of Scottish heritage, she has learned from many noted tradition bearers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Laura has received an abundance of honors and awards in traditional music, including being selected for the original Cherish the Ladies series, featuring noted women in Irish music in America; recognition as a Master Folk Artist by the Minnesota State Arts Board; an Archibald Bush Foundation Fellowship in Traditional and Ethnic Performing Arts; and most recently, winner of a 2012-2013 McKnight Artists Fellowship for Performing Musicians.
From Irish dance bands to national tours with a pop music ensemble, and from theatrical productions to commercial projects, Laura has enjoyed a richly varied career. She can be heard on a multitude of recordings and on several documentaries. Today, Laura enjoys performing solo (on wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, Scottish smallpipes, English greatpipes, Swayne border pipes, French cornemuse, gemshorn, voice) as well as duo concert programs with Dáithí Sproule (of Altan) Ross Sutter, Gary Rue, and the ensembles Laura MacKenzie and the Lads, Willow Brae (with harpist Andrea Stern), The Doon Ceili Band (with Paddy O'Brien, accordionist) and Northern Gael.
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