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Edge of the Dance (2015) calls on the Celtic roots of Appalachian music and gave the band the inspiration to coin their musical genre’ here forth as Celtilachian. Featuring the Irish flute and whistle of Louise Keegan from Limerick Ireland and the dynamic founding fiddler Rhonda Lorence, the band explores jigs, reels and airs in a blend of traditional tunes. The delicate and decisive sounds of Connie Woolard’s hammered dulcimer on Leaving Lochboisdale is one of the CDs most stirring arrangements. Edge of the Dance features the hauntingly beautiful vocals of previous Mountain Laurel member Lauren Hayworth on May Morning Dew. This CD promises to be a moving experience whether listening or dancing!
The Mountain Laurel’s first release Highland Bloom (2012) captures the feel of modern Appalachian roots music. The CD explores this group’s subtle and varied musical influences from traditional Irish music to contemporary folk. The signature vocals of Lauren Hayworth and Suzi Mills are intertwined with Rhonda Lorence’s masterfully arranged neo-classical fiddle style and Elaine Gray’s rhythmic guitar, which interplays beautifully with Hayworth’s banjo and Connie Woolard’s hammered dulcimer. The Mountain Laurel’s first foray in recording at their home studio in Deep Gap, NC creates an impressive contemporary twist on traditional, timeless, and original tunes.