Laura Ryder is a songwriter from Co. Mayo, who is now making music with full band under the title Laura Ryder Ampersand. Laura plays piano, ukulele, guitar and sings. Ampersand consists of Lauren Geary on bass, Shay Sweeney on drums, Josh Meakin on guitar, and Matilda O'Mahony & Emily McCormick on backing vocals. The ensuing music is a mix of everything they get their ears on, taking influence from sources like alternative pop, folk, blues, and jazz.
Laura Ryder Ampersand has played in many different venues and festivals across Ireland, including Electric Picnic, Knockanstockan, Other Voices, Chez Le Fab, Bello Bar, Linenhall Arts Centre, The Bowery, Matt Molloys, Spirit Store, Tramline, The Underground and The Grand Social among others.
Laura self-recorded, produced and released her debut EP 'haiku' in early 2016. Vestigial, the band's album debut, was released in late 2017. They are currently working on material for their next release.
'Ryder doesn't look to her influences or peers, from my perspective at least. Her music is truly individual as are her vocals, which is so welcome' - Remy's Music Film Blog
'Wonderfully eclectic jazz-ridden explosion of music, fun and bad punnery' - Ken Armstrong
Nominated for the 2017 and 2018 PureM Award for Best Female Solo Artist.
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