Laura McCarthy (Ní Carthaigh) is a folk singer-songwriter based in rural Cork. Having grown up on a dairy farm and studied ecology and organic horticulture, she has a passion for sustainable living and the environment conveyed through her music.
In January 2016, she released 'Gan Ainm', an EP of six original songs, recorded with Karen O'Doherty (band
member of Mick Flannery), receiving airplay on Raidio na Gaeltachta as well as local radio stations.
Laura won first prize in the Cork Folk Festival Noel Brazil songwriting competition in 2017 with 'Cronin's
Plough', inspired by Jim Cronin, an organic farmer who works his fields with horses in Co. Clare. 'Cronin's
Plough' attracted the attention of RTE Radio 1 presenter Ruth Smith (Simply Folk), who played it on air and
included a link to it on the RTÉ website, describing Laura as one of '..the new generation of Irish folk talent.'
In May 2020 Laura received the Arts Council Covid-19 Crisis Response Award to create a 17 minute music
film titiled 'Music of the Land' featuring her original folk songs drawing on the local landscape and
soundscape of rural west Cork.