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Laurel MacDonald

Country of origin:


Type of music generally:

Ambient experimental pop often based on traditional songs/sounds


Most recent release, Luscinia's Lullaby (2005)

See also:

Laurel MacDonald's site


Mouth Music Meredith Monk, Sara Ayers

Covers/own material:

Own, often tradition-based

General comments:

Mostly sound-songs, a mix of traditional sounds and electronics. A little like Meredith Monk or Sara Ayers. (Neile)

Laurel McDonald has a small, sometimes harsh voice, but she can do amazing things with it. She deserves an award for doing the most with what God gave her. She is a Canadian who leans toward world music, Irish music, and uses ectoish vocal and instrumental techniques. (

Recommended first album:



  • Kiss Closed My Eyes (1995)
  • Chroma (1999)
  • Wingspan EP (1999)
  • Stars & Elements (seasonal ep, 2000)
  • Luscinia's Lullaby (2005)


Release info:



Wide on release

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for fans of more exerimental music

Group members:

Laurel MacDonald—vocals, bowed guitar, finger-picked guitar, bell, slide guitar, ebow, prepared guitar, flutter guitar, tremolo guitar, bodhrán, vacuvox, guitar, whirligig

Guest artists:

John Gzowski—lead guitar (1), ambient guitar (2), electric bowed dowel (6), infinite guitar (6), guitars (8)
David Woodhead—bass (1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9)
Paul Brennan—drums (1, 6)
Philip Strong—percussion (1, 2, 6, 9), rhythm guitar (1, 2), drums (2), toob (2, 4, 6), hand drums (4), shaker (4), prepared piano (5), keyboard (8, 9)
Rob Pitch—ambient guitar (2), lead guitar (3), pedal steel (3), guitars (9)
Patrick O'Gorman—uillean pipes (5), whistle (5)
David Travers-Smith—trumpet (8, 9)
Mark Duggan—moringa (clay pot) (9)

Produced by:

Philip Strong


From the very start of this, you get pulled in: "A Wing and a Prayer" is experimental but also melodic and irresistable. While it's all beautiful and intriguing, I appreciate the lively tracks more. (Neile)

Wingspan EP

Release info:

1999—BMG Classics/RCA


This is a cd of six mixes of a song titled "A Wing and a Prayer" [from Chroma]. It is a good song. I have heard the Bill Laswell mix and it is strong. Other mixers: Transglobal Underground, Richard Horowitz, and Plunderphonics. Right now, some guitar player seems to be channeling the soul of Kevin Bartlett. (

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