Laura grew up in a small village in west Cork, Ireland. At age 9 she started to learn the fiddle from multi-instrumentalist and former Boys of the Lough band member, John Coakley.
John soon passed on a love of traditional music and a knowledge of the music of the Sliabh Luachra region – a rural area where the counties of Cork, Kerry and Limerick meet.
Laura spent her teenage years absorbing as much music as she could at lessons, sessions, concerts, workshops and summer schools around the country.
In 2008 Laura went on to study for a BA in Irish Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, where her tutors were Eileen O’Brien and Siobhan Peoples. She graduated with first-class honours in 2012.
Now living in county Clare, Laura can be found playing amongst the best traditional musicians in the country. She set up Burren Fiddle Holidays in 2016.
Performance with John Coakley on the well-known traditional music television programme ‘Geanntraí’, 2007
Performance with Clare Céilí Band, Ceoltóirí na Mainistreach, at the All-Ireland Fleadh in Cavan, 2012.
Front Row L-R: Eamonn Riordan, John Rynne, Liam Lewis, Eileen O’Brien, Laura Ugur, Ann Marie Vaughan
Back Row L-R: Jack Talty, Edward McMahon, PJ King, Geraldine Cotter