Orangeville songstress Laura Bird draws inspiration from a mosaic of early folk roots and bluegrass music and old jazz standards. Writing with a painter's eye for lush images, her songs are compassionate and heartfelt. Audiences from house concerts to festival stages embrace Laura's warm stage presence, finely honed guitar work, and distinctive, sultry voice. Performing since 1990, Laura has released two critically acclaimed albums (Dreamwalker, 2000; The Water In Between, 2008) and is presently working on her third. She has served on both the OCFF and ArtsCan Circle Board of Directors; co-founded the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, and co-founded the Headwaters Acoustic Music Society in Orangeville, serving the final 2 years as Artistic Director of the Live! At the Opera House concert series. Laura currently wears her "graphic designer hat" with the Blue Skies Festival.