The acoustic-based music of Toronto’s Laura Repo is insightful and resonant. Her wistful songs about relevant issues, fractured souls, and the pleasures and poignancy of modern life are heady with wry commentary, sweet observations and urban folk wisdom. Says Brad Wheeler of The Globe and Mail, “Repo writes songs remarkably.”Howard Druckman, Editor of SOCAN’s Words + Music magazine, says “Repo’s singing and songwriting are right up there with the best in her genre. It’s no stretch to mention her in the same breath as Emmylou Harris, Roseanne Cash and Lucinda Williams.”
Get Yourself Home, Laura Repo’s third album, marks a return to her musical roots, the timeless american folk and country music she first heard as a child. Laura credits her father’s songs and singing as probably her most important influence. In fact, “Lullabies of the Land” is a song for Repo’s father about all the coal mining songs he sang to her as a child.
Get Yourself Home, boasts traditional instruments like mandolin and banjo, simple but captivating melodies, and classic three-part harmonies. Laura Repo has crafted an album that encompasses motherhood, family, and the various ups and downs of domestic and romantic life, while revisiting the timeless American folk and country music she first heard as a child. Produced by Andrew Collins, it features members of his band, award winning bluegrass group, The Foggy Hogtown Boys and a long list of celebrated Toronto musicians.
Laura second release, A Charmed Life, was produced by John Switzer, and followed 1999’s Mountain of Me; its delivery coinciding with the birth of Laura’s first child, Sami. Eye Weekly’s Howard Druckman noted that on “A Charmed Life,” Laura, “an underappreciated light on the local scene for the past decade, has never sounded better than she does here…. [T]he big-twang guitars, swelling harmonies and Repo’s distinctively rich voice are captivating.”
Repo has opened shows for Beth Orton, Kelly Willis and Oh Susanna, among many others; toured Ontario and Finland (her mom’s homeland) with her band; earned a VideoFact grant and produced a video for “Falling is Falling,” which aired nationally on MuchMusic; become a regular guest at Joanne Mackell’s annual Island Jamboree on the Toronto Islands; played Harbourfront’s Main Stage and the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
The Globe and Mail
November 5th, 2011
“On her affecting third album, Laura Repo wins with lullabies, lovely harmonies and one high-and-lonesome ballad about a city where she can unwind. Get Yourself Home explores bygones – things missed and things gained, not always in black and white. Tuneful and realized, this record never stops.”
- Brad Wheeler