Laura Orshaw “has firmly established [herself] as a significant emerging artist in the arena of traditional American music,” according to Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Laura grew up in a musical family in Northeastern Pennsylvania. At age 10 she learned to play and sing from paternal grandmother and regional Old Time musician, Betty Orshaw. Throughout her teens Laura performed across the Northeast with her father in The Lonesome Road Ramblers, performing classic bluegrass from the 1950’s around one mic. She recorded two fiddle projects in her early teens and recently released her new solo project, "Songs of Lost Yesterdays".
Laura has 12 years of experience performing, teaching private lessons, and conducting educational programs and workshops throughout the Northeast. Her passion for teaching is also evidenced in her professional education, as a master’s level counselor, and her work at Lesley University as Coordinator for their Expressive Therapies Graduate Program. Laura has toured with Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, and Jenni Lyn. Laura has also performed with Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, John Scofield, Sarah Jarosz, Tony Trischka, and Darol Anger. She now plays with mandolinist Alan Bibey and Grasstowne, and performs with Tony Watt (they're newlyweds!) in her band The New Velvet Band and his band Southeast Expressway.