Laura Wilkie is a rising star of the Scottish music scene. As in demand for her intuitive, dextrous and inventive fiddle playing, as she is for her deft arranging skills, Laura is also a composer and teacher of note.
Raised in the highland folk music traditions of Ross-shire, Laura’s roots are very much in Scotland. However her travels overseas, to the United States, Canada, Scandinavia and India have allowed her to appreciate the similarities and diversities of those country’s own music styles.
Not content to stay within the traditional music world has also reaped benefits. As a founder member of the Glasgow jazz collective Fat Suit, Laura has been able to mould her playing with fellow string player Mhairi Marwick to fit within large ensemble works as well as the band’s string-feature pieces.
Laura is a founder member the collaborative acoustic group Kinnaris Quintet who scooped the most prestigious prize in Scottish traditional music, the Belhaven Bursary in 2019. The band’s debut album, Free One, was longlisted for the SAY Award 2019 and shortlisted for Album of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2019.
It was no surprise when Laura was chosen for the star studded fiddle section of The GRIT Orchestra in 2017, and with them has played at The SSC Hydro, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and the Barrowland Ballroom for Celtic Connections, and at the Edinburgh Playhouse as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.
Composing and arranging music is equally important as performing to Laura and in recent years she has worked with an extraordinary roster of musicians. They include: Shooglenifty, Rachel Sermanni, Man of the Minch, Ian Carr, Ross Ainslie, Scarlett Randle, Fatherson, Glasvegas, Josie Duncan, Kim Carnie, Siobhan Wilson, The Elephant Sessions, Lewis Capaldi and Claire Hastings.