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 sat down to write their first song together and straight away people commented on the way their voices and styles complimented each other. 

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.

In 2019, the duo released their second EP ‘Little Bird’, which has since had over 600,000 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. 

2021 will bring new ‘Our Atlantic Roots’ music to your ears, so keep watching and listening! You can find Mac and Laura on YouTube/Spotify/Soundcloud/Bandcamp/Apple Music and most social media spaces too. Be sure to connect with them and remember to tag them #ouratlanticroots in your stories and posts. 

Recent media appearances (2020) include singing live on both BBC Radio Devon and Cornwall & local BBC News in the South West (UK), as well as a feature on BBC Songs of Praise. In 2019, the duo won two international song writing awards judged by Grammy, Emmy, CMA & Brit award winning judges, for their song ‘Carry On’. 

“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 …