Laura Orshaw‘s grandmother, Betty Orshaw, a musician in northeastern Pennsylvania, taught her to sing and play fiddle when Laura was 10 years old.
As a teenager, she toured the Northeast with her father’s bluegrass band, The Lonesome Road Ramblers.
Today, Orshaw, coordinator for the Expressive Therapies Graduate Program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is still performing and teaching private lessons..
Her latest album, “Songs of Lost Yesterdays,” features a mix of traditional and original songs and some that hold special memories for Orshaw.
Traditional songs include “Going To The West,” a song believed to date back to the 19th century; “Row Number 2, Seat Number 3,” a 1956 hit for Wilma Lee Cooper; and “Sailor on the Deep Blue Sea,” an old song popularized by the Carter Family.
Original songs include “Guitar Man,” about a woman enchanted by a guitar player in a depot, and “New Deal Train,” a song about a train bringing food to a town during the Great Depression.
Other songs include Charlie Moore’s “The Cotton Farmer,” Norman Blake‘s “Uncle,” Peter Rowan’s “Wild Geese Cry Again,” Bill Bryson‘s “Love Me or Leave Me Alone” and Hazel Dickens‘ “Coal Miner’s Grave.”
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