‘Laurie McNamee has been described as a post-rock Joanna Newsom – but that doesn’t quite hit the mark. Her combination of experimental song-writing and raw emotion situate her more somewhere between Songs: Ohia and Low, while her powerful yet hauntingly delicate vocals draw inevitable comparisons with Nina Nastasia and Bjork.’
I have collaborated with musicians such as Be My Friend in Exile, Fishbeast and Copper; have played in many different projects and bands; and have sung in operas, choirs, and various other music ensembles.
I also write and I am currently completing my first book. I ran a fanzine in the mid to late 1990’s, and have done some other musical journalism and academic writing.
I have event managed and promoted, including having organised the London based Jason Molina benefit concert and album and assisted with Pull Up the Roots.
Currently I am recording what I call ‘Wabi Sabi’ demos, which involve me having a rough idea and then improvising while recording, and sharing the song/piece straight away. Wabi Sabi is the Japanese ethos to embrace imperfections.
I self released an album ‘…and they will teach us that eternity is but the standing still of time…’ in March 2008 which I recorded in my bedroom in London, and in 2010 recorded ‘Enaleigh‘ – the first in a series of Recording in Interesting Places project in the beautiful setting of a countryside church. The EP was recorded live over the course of two days.
I am now working on my third album to be self released in 2017.
I have performed at many London venues including The Union Chapel, The Luminaire, The Vortex, and Bush Hall ;have composed for film and theatre for projects such as L.I.F.T (London International Festival of Theatre); worked on pieces with Royal College of Art, and Slade School of Art students, and have been played on Tom Robinson’s BBC 6 Music radio show, as well as radio programs in America, Canada and Europe.
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