Laurel Premo is known for her rhythmically deep and rapt delivery of roots music. For the past 10 years, she’s performed in the nationally touring duo Red Tail Ring, a collaboration with Michael Beauchamp-Cohen that blends traditional American songs with new compositions and features Laurel’s ruminant nature on clawhammer banjo, fiddle, and vocals.
Alongside several continuing music projects (Bowhunter Stringband, The Laurel Premo Trio, Beethoven & Banjos), she’s an oft-requested recording guest, and is active in organizing community events connecting with folk art and dance.
Premo graduated with a BFA from the Performing Arts Technology Dept. of the University of Michigan School of Music, and has spent half-year stints at both the Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki, Finland and the University College of Southeast Norway in Telemark to study traditional music and dance. Important mentors who have helped shape Laurel’s lens in folk arts have been her parents Bette & Dean Premo (fiddle and traditional song, Michigan), Joel Mabus (clawhammer banjo, Michigan), Arto Järvelä (fiddle, Finland), and Ånon Egeland (fiddle, Norway.)