About Us

Razor Hill
Red, White & Virginia blue

Razor Hill covers Applachian, traditional and contemporary folk standards, both borrowed and original, with beautiful vocals and rollicking fiddle. Each member is an accomplished singer and Lauren a very accomplished fiddler.

Jim and Holly began performing Celtic music at the turn of the millennium as Jim and Holly Lawrence, a father daughter duo. They recorded Of Gaels and Saints, Celtic Harmonies and Caledonian Shadows, the last of which garnered a nomination by the now defunct Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) for best folk album.Lauren joined them in 2011, adding her voice and fiddling to the mix. Soon after, Holly, by then married and with several children, left the area with her family.

Jim and Lauren continued to carry the torch,



changing their name to Celtic Machinations.  Together, they recorded Spare Parts, once again garnering a WAMA nomination. Holly returned and rejoined in 2018, rounding out a trio that delivers a wide variety of contemporary and traditional folk music.

Left right: Holly Breivik, Jim Lawrence, Lauren Smith. Photo by Keith Walker. 

Lauren Smith
fiddle, ukelele, vocals

Lauren Smith is equally comfortable performing bluegrass or Celtic fiddle and is first violinist for the Piedmond Symphony Orchestra. She has added several original fiddle and vocal compositions to the repertoire and has developed into a wonderful singer and songwriter. 

Jim Lawrence
guitar, six string banjo, mandolin harmonica, vocals

Active in Celtic music for nearly 20 years, Jim Lawrence performed folk music, 60s and 70s standards and rock n' roll prior to that. In addition to his popular/folk music activities he did a stint in the Fredericksburg Singers, a community/college choral group at the University of Mary Washington, while studying music at that school. An affinity for folk music was discovered at an early age and has only been growing since.