Life is never meant to be lived in one place, so the band took a break to embark on new adventures. Laura completed a 5 month Songwriting Trip around Central & North America where she spent time immersing herself into the varied cultures looking for new inspiration. Whilst away she tried to play in as many countries as possible which included Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala & Canada culminating in a gig at the renowned Ski Resort, Whistler.
Now back in the UK, and armed with a truck load of stories from her travels and life as a new mum, Laura has written and recorded new material for 'Hush Now EP' as well as working on the creativity and wellbeing project #4TheLove as a 2016/17 Associate Artist at Exeter Phoenix. You can find out more and follow this project on the blog.
She also runs Songwriting Workshops for 13-19yr olds with LOFTS MUSIC SHED with the aim of promoting confidence through creativity.
After achieving BA Hons Music Performance at Dartington College of Arts, Laura found herself in London, dipping her toes in the music scene, singing for production company Friction (as a featured artist on 'Santiago Blues' released on a label in Spain), various jazz bands and played cello for BBC 2 Young Chorister of the Year but found she longed to be back in the inspiring landscapes of Devon, craving to be near the sea!
Once back in the South West, Laura spent time writing and performing on piano & guitar with various projects including her original folk band (The Laura Dugmore Band) from 2008 - 2013. Within these five years the band - Jay Scott (drummer, trumpeter) and Stuart Oliver (bassist, guitarist) released 3 EPs (J'aime La Vie; Cardigans and Woollen Things and Laura Loft Band Live at Birley Centre), interviewed and performed on BBC Radio Devon, toured in the South West including highlights of supporting Nick Harper, Polly & The Billet Doux and Ellen & the Escapades. 2010 saw the release of her debut EP titled "J'aime La Vie" meaning "I Like Life" which included 5 original tracks as well as the Mercedes-Benz Mixed Tape featured track "Gone".