Laura Flanagan is an outstanding fiddler playing Irish traditional music from Lubbock, Texas. She has performed and taught at several music camps and festivals in the United States and Australia, where she recently returned from giving a number of performances which included the National Celtic Folk Festival. Laura is currently pursuing a PhD in Fine Arts at Texas Tech University. Her research interests include the history of music in Camperdown and Terang, Victoria, Australia. She is currently writing a book on the history of Texas Tech University’s School of Music. She has a deep belief in the power of community in music, and a love of traditional Irish fiddle playing which she has immersed herself in over the past several decades. Through playing and teaching music, Laura hopes to share these two passions and facilitate the opportunity for others to find themselves through music.
Over the last 20 years, Laura has traveled widely in the United States and Ireland to study with traditional Irish fiddlers. She especially loves the playing of players from the west of Ireland like Bobby Casey and Paddy Canny. She has performed with American Irish bouzouki master and scholar Roger Landes, and Austin, Texas based pianist, Evan Powell. In 2020, she recorded her first solo fiddle album, The Great Southern Ocean, with Australian master musicians Luke Plumb (bouzouki) and Peter Daffy (guitar) with whom she recently performed in Australia. She has recently begun to add songs to her repertoire which span both the Irish and Texas traditions.