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                           Once upon a time, a man and his daughter started a Celtic duo and named it                                   after themselves: Jim and Holly Lawrence.

                                By themselves and oftimes with good friend Mark Davis, they played at local pubs and                                          festivals. They recorded three CDs: Of Gaels and Saints, Celtic Harmonies and Caledonian                                      Shadows, the last of which garnered a nomination for Best Traditional Folk Album by the                                      now defunct Washington Area Music Association (WAMA).

                                Mark eventually left the fold and was replaced by lovely Lauren Smith, who brought an                                        extensive catalog of fiddles tunes and a great deal of energy to the ensemble.

Meanwhile, Holly, married and with her husband started a family. Together, they sought

opportunities outside the area and moved. Jim and Lauren soldiered on as a Celtic duo,

choosing the moniker Celtic Machinations. They recorded a CD, Spare Parts, which also

garnered a nomination from WAMA.  

In the meantime, Lauren undertook more singing duties to replace the void left by

Holly’s departure. She has since developed into a wonderful singer, sometimes

angelic and sometimes sultry. Holly returned to the area and rejoined the fold,

making it a trio once again. Together, they bring beautiful solo vocals, beautiful

ensemble singing and energetic fiddles tunes with attitude!


          Saturday,  April 25                                   Southern Maryland CelticFestival                                           

                                                                           Prince Frederick, Md. 

                                                                           CANCELED - due to COIVD 19 outbreak                                                                             


          Sunday, Sept. 6                                         Virginia Scottish Games and Festival

                                                                           Plains, Va. 

                                                                           Hospitality Tent and Main Stage

                                                                           Times TBA                        



        Ayr Mount, Hillsborough, N.C.        

        Bella Cafe, Stafford, Va.

        The Blarney Stone, Fredericksburg, Va. 

        Chesapeake Celtic Festival, Furnacetown, Md.

        Chesterfield Celtic Festival, Chesterfield, Va.

        Hero's, Manassas, Va. 

        Irish Eyes, Fredericksburg, Va. 

        Lake Anna Winery, Lake Anna, Va.

        Lake Wilderness Vineyard, Spotsylvania, Va

        Mick's, Stafford, Va.

        Music on the Steps, Fredericksburg, Va. 

        Nana's Irish Pub, Middletown, Va.  

        Pat Troy's Ireland's Own, Alexandria, Va.

        Potomac Celtic Festival, The Plains, Va. 

        Southern Maryland Celtic Festival, St. Leonard, Md.

        Virginia Scottish Games and Festival, The Plains, Va. 







































Whisky before Breakfast - Celtic Machinations
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The Water is Wide - Celtic Machinations
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The Fields of Athenry - Celtic Machinations
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Frog in a cocked hat - Celtic Machinations
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Celtic music by enthusiastic Yanks