About

Cornwall based indie duo, Our Atlantic Roots (Mac and Laura Johnston) bring an uplifting blend of American and British alternative folk, with harmonies that are rich and dynamic. Mac’s country bluegrass roots add a popular authentic southern US vibe to many songs, with the more folk-inspired influence coming from Laura’s side of the family.

The husband/wife duo met in Asheboro, North Carolina in August 2012. Just a few weeks after meeting, Mac and Laura sat down to write their first song together and straight away people commented on the way their voices and styles complimented each other. 

In April 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. In 2019, the duo released their second, EP ‘Little Bird’, which has since had over 200,000 streams on Spotify and has been featured on some of the most popular indie/folk YouTube playlists, resulting in millions of plays in just a few months. 

Recent media appearances include singing live on both BBC Radio Devon and Cornwall, and local BBC News in the South West (UK). The duo have won two international songwriting awards judged by Grammy, Emmy, CMA and Brit award winning judges. 

“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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Song Lyrics for Little Bird – The EP

Here are the lyrics to each song on the Little Bird EP. Track listing: Little Bird Bless This Land Carry On Wildflowers Little Bird Little bird sing your song Little …

Little Bird – The EP Recording

Every song that we write is a little journey. Recording and releasing music feels like a little adventure! We learn lots, there are ups and downs, there are times we …

Little Bird, Sing Your Song.

On the 14th June 2019, we released our very first single, ‘Little Bird’. This is the title track from our four song EP, due to be released in September. For …

Our Atlantic Roots

The start of a new year is always one of our favourite times. It’s a moment to pause, reflect and intentionally think about where we’re planning to go and why. …

Wandering (Refresh)

As we sat in our living room feeling mentally and physically drained, we longed to be out in nature. If we could have closed our eyes, said a magic word and …

Black Cloud (Light)

Black Cloud? I know, it sounds like a slightly odd song title, but you’ll be pleased to know, there is a meaning behind it. This is not just a song …

Rise and Shine

I’m sure at one point or another, like me, you have been faced with that daunting blank sheet of paper. The kind of blank paper that eventually becomes a completed …