Since winning the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2005, Lauren MacColl has gone from strength to strength fronting her trio with Barry Reid (Croft No. 5) and Mhairi Hall. Fiddle led, with the driving combination of piano and guitar, they take you on a musical journey from rousing Highland strathspeys and reels, to emotive Gaelic airs.
Largely self-taught, and through the summer schools of the Feisean movement in Ross-shire, she was immersed in the rich and vibrant culture of her home area. Her playing has taken her far and wide, and to gig with, amongst others, Calum Stewart, Julie Fowlis, Finlay MacDonald Band, the late, legendary Calum Kennedy, Donald Shaw's Hogmanay Live Harvest band and Scandinavian Fiddlers Vegar Vardal and Tove De Fries, in a special collaboration for Nordsjofestivalen in Farsund, Norway.
While completing her studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Lauren received a Dewar Arts Award to fund the recording of her debut album, released to critical acclaim on her own label (Make Believe Records) in March 2007. The album features her trio with guest Luke Daniels, (accordion) and has met with praise from all corners of the globe.