About

Cornwall based indie duo, Our Atlantic Roots (Mac and Laura Johnston) bring an uplifting blend of American & British alt-folk, with harmonies that are rich, dynamic and unite beautifully. Their sound isn’t something you could squeeze into one genre ‘box’; certain songs have a clear connection with the country/bluegrass sound, whereas others are delicately stripped back; acoustic alt-folk style tracks.

The husband/wife duo met in Asheboro, North Carolina in August 2012. Just a few weeks after meeting, Mac and Laura discovered each others love of music and songwriting and sat down to write their first song together and straight away people commented on the way their voices and styles complimented each other and to this day, that is something that the duo are constantly praised for – if you love solid vocal harmonies, you’ll love Our Atlantic Roots.

Early in 2021, hit songwriter Mark Cawley (Paul Carrack, Tina Turner, Kathy Mattea) shared his appreciation for the duo stating: “I love the blend of Mac and Laura’s voices on their song ‘Carry On’ as well as everything I’ve heard them do. Their music sounds like a sonic reflection of their passion for each other and their roots. Beautiful music!”

In 2014 the duo married and relocated to the UK. September 2017 saw the release of Mac and Laura’s debut EP ‘First Light’ recorded with award-winning folk producer Andy Bell (Bellowhead, Sam Sweeney, Jon Boden) . In 2019, the duo released their second EP ‘Little Bird’, which has since had over 750,000 streams on Spotify. Little Bird, Carry On & Wildflowers were also featured on popular indie/folk playlists by ‘AlexRainbird Music’, resulting in millions of plays for these songs on this popular YouTube channel.

Recent media appearances (2020) include singing live on both BBC Radio Devon and Cornwall & local BBC TV in the South West ‘BBC Spotlight’ (UK), as well as a feature on BBC Songs of Praise. The duo perform live regularly across the south west and beyond, keep an eye on their social media pages for updates on upcoming events. Highlights from their 2021 tour dates included playing at Cornwall Folk Festival, Creation Fest and Between the Trees Festival in Wales.

The duo are currently writing and recording for an exciting 2022 release.

“Haven’t been as excited by new music sent into UCB in ages as I was when I got the new release from Mac and Laura – simply stunning.”

– Steve Best, UCB Radio Presenter 

“Absolutely charming.” 

-BBC Introducing Devon and Cornwall

“Angelic, atmospheric, relaxing and inspiring”

-Ear to the Ground Music

At the heart of all that Mac and Laura do, is a love for people and a passion to write and share authentic songs that uplift and bring hope.

“HOPE IS OUR ANTHEM.”

We would love to hear from you! 

If you’d like to enquire about having Our Atlantic Roots sing at a festival or event, please email: [email protected] or head over to the contact page.

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Little Bird - Official Music Video

Song Lyrics

Lyrics for ‘DL64’ (Single, 2020)

DL64 I’ve been waitingI’ve been watching the the clock turn round and round So many questions, so many moments, I wonder what she’s doing now These days last forever And …

Lyrics for ‘First Light’ (EP, 2017)

Here are the lyrics to each song on the First Light EP. Recorded in 2017, produced by Andy Bell. Track listing: Black Cloud (Light); Strap On Your Boots (Purpose); Wandering …