Sat 17 Oct, 5.00pm
LIVE from Laidlaw Music Centre
"Hannah, Lawrence and I grew up singing in NYCoS and enjoyed a variety of cultural tours, concerts and experiences. Hannah has gone on to be a trailblazer in the Scottish Traditional Music Scene and Lawrence has thrived in London's West End. During lockdown, they collaborated on a Fleetwood Mac live stream organised by Lawrence, it was then that the idea of this concert came to me - two sublime voices, two friends, who have never performed professionally together. Who knows what will happen but I know the atmosphere will be electric."
Amanda, Festival Director
What happens when you programme a gig with an award-winning folk singer and an award-losing musical theatre performer? Let’s find out!
Friends for over ten years, Hannah Rarity (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018) and Lawrence Smith (Shakespeare’s Globe, National Theatre of Scotland, Avenue Q) are thrilled to perform together for the first time - albeit at six feet apart.
Come and join the two as they catch up over their careers and sing some of their favourite songs.
Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Hannah has become one of Scotland’s foremost young folk singers. Alongside recording and touring her own music with her band, she has appeared with renowned musical acts such as Cherish the Ladies, Phil Cunningham, Blazin’ Fiddles, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the BBC SSO.
Her debut album ‘Neath the Gloaming Star’ received critical acclaim and was shortlisted for Album of the Year 2019 at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Today she’s joined by award-winning folk musician Innes White.
Musical Theatre Singer
Born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland, Lawrence studied classical singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music.
Since graduating, he's appeared in shows at Shakespeare's Globe, The Old Vic and led the recent UK tour of Avenue Q. He was nominated for an Off West End award and has recently filmed a short online musical for the National Theatre of Scotland.