Jim Lawrence and Lauren Smith comprise Celtic Machinations, a Celtic duo from Fredericksburg, Va., who specialize in Irish and Scottish ballads and fiddle tunes.
Jim and his daughter Holly formed a Celtic duo for many years aptly named Jim & Holly Lawrence and played at pubs, Celltic festivals and private event before Holly moved from the area in 2012. They released three CDs of traditional Celtic music and all are featured on CD Baby.
Lauren joined the troupe less than two years ago. She is equally adept at bluegrass and old time music and is frequently seen in the string section of the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, located in the Fauquier County area of Virginia. She lends a great deal of vigor and energy to the sound and possesses a lovely singing voice to boot.