A ‘Perfect’ opportunity for Laura

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When opportunities come along, the idea is to grab them.

When opportunities come along, the idea is to grab them.

And for one Mullinalaghta lady, those opportunities are certainly arriving in abundance.

Twenty-year-old Laura Callaghan is very well known in musical circles in this country, and in recent months she has become the newest band member of Perfect Friction.

The band will provide Laura with the opportunity to take her musical talents where she will part of a force that will entertain thousands of people with what can only be described as some of the best traditional music in the universe.

Perfect Friction was formed a few years back and when the band’s guitarist left to pursue other projects, Laura filled in for him.

Then, the opportunity came for her to join the band full time, and so that is what she did.

Now she is a permanent fixture with Perfect Friction - a band that is being described as trad pop fusion and high energy upbeat trad music with a modern twist.

“The band does their own material as well as covers,” Laura, who plays guitar and banjo, as well as being a backing vocalist, told the Leader.

“It is mainly based in Dublin and Wicklow, and now Longford as well.”

In order to put the talent of this band into perspective, it is necessary to highlight the fact that four of its members - including Laura - are All-Ireland winning singers and musicians.

Perfect Friction also played at Electric Picnic and Disneyland, Florida last year, and there’s more!

The band has appeared on the Late Late Show, been the headline act at a gig in Germany and played festivals in Switzerland and Zimbabwe.

“Since I joined, we have been to Belgium and we also performed to 10,500 people in Spain,” the daughter of Lucy and the late Séan continued.

“In Spain there were five bands competing against each other and we won, so we will be headlining that gig next year - that is going to be very exciting,”

Perfect Friction can also be caught playing live at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin on a fairly regular basis and in just over one month’s time, its members head to Switzerland and Dubai to play a number of gigs over there.

“On December 28 we are performing a gig in the Grand Social in Dublin,” Laura continued.

“That will be for family and friends, and also anyone else who w ould like to come along.”

The Mullinalaghta woman has been performing since she was a child.

Laura has been part of dance shows that have taken the world by storm in countries like Jerusalem, Switzerland and Germany over the past few years and has performed at festivals and fleadhs across the country.

She is currently working on her solo album which is due out next year and the band intends to release its second album over the coming months.

It appears, the world is her oyster and at just 20 years old, here’s to lots more opportunities comin’ knocking at her door.