Lauren MacColl is considered one of Scotland’s most expressive fiddle players. Her performances are emotive, engaging and informed by an equal helping of tradition and technique. From the Black Isle, she studied music in Glasgow before returning home to the Highlands where she draws much of her musical inspiration.
A founder member of both chamber-folk quartet RANT and song-trio Salt House, Lauren also performs with Rachel Newton in the new duo project 'Heal & Harrow'.
In 2017 she was commissioned by Fèis Rois to write a suite of music based on the life and prophecies of the Brahan Seer. Premiered at Celtic Connections, the music was released as an album to critical acclaim.
Lauren was fiddle tutor for RCS Junior Conservatoire for over a decade, continues to teach her own students and community groups, and runs the Black Isle Fiddle Weekend for adult learners each year.
Her work as a session musician on viola and fiddle as seen her record for a wide variety of artists across the Scottish music scene. In 2019 she realised a book of her own tunes titled ‘To The North…’ and toured the Seer across major Scottish venues. Her latest recording of almost entirely solo traditional airs ‘Landskein’ - recorded in Abriachan Hall - was released in August 2020.
2018 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards Album of the Year (Shortlist)
2017 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards Composer of the Year Nominee
2009 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards Instrumentalist of the Year Winner
2008 ‘Classic Album’ at Celtic Connections for ‘When Leaves Fall’
2005 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Winner
A learning environment -
As a tutor Lauren has given workshops and summer schools in fiddle playing and ensemble work throughout the country. Her passion for teaching led her to set up the Black Isle Fiddle Weekend, a hugely successful festival for adult learners in Cromarty each July. She was fiddle tutor for 11 years at RCS Junior Conservatoire, and continues to teach for various Feisean and privately.
With Thanks -
Lauren is a previous recipient of the Dewar Award for Excellence in the Arts, and has also been previously supported by Creative Scotland (formally Scottish Arts Council), Arts Trust Scotland, Friends of Highland Music, and the Highland Music Trust, all to whom she is hugely grateful.