Laura Rowles beat off a record number of entries to gain a place in the semi-final of the 2010 Amber Fiddle Award with her composition "Sheena's Waltz". Laura and five other semi-finalists from Scotland and England were invited to perform at the Perthshire Amber Festival on 3rd November in front of Shetland fiddle giant Aly Bain, Swedish multi- instrumentalist Ale Moller and Bronx fiddle and banjo player Bruce Molsky. Laura received a small travel and accommodation grant from Culture Vannin which enabled her to attend this prestigious competition.
Before travelling to the festival Laura said: "I was shocked and delighted. I wrote Sheena's Waltz for my Dad's wedding last year. They used it as the processional and for the first dance and everyone seemed to like it. I really enjoy writing tunes for the fiddle as it is such an expressive instrument and I'm really excited about performing the waltz at the semi-final".
Laura received her doctorate in July 2013 from the Centre for Manx Studies, University of Liverpool. The PhD concentrates on aspects of the Manx fiddle tradition.