Laura Brereton

Laura Brereton

 Medford, Massachusetts, USA

Laura Brereton and the Lonely Pilgrims play a blend of rock, folk, country and blues that is original, gritty, fun and soulful. The music takes you on a journey with it's thoughtful lyrics and varied styles, and will leave you feeling both exhilerated and contented.


Laura Brereton arrived on the Boston music scene about 5 years ago. She has been gigging in the Boston area and around New England, as well as in PA, NY, and NJ. Laura's music is original and unique, but she is highly influenced by such great artists as Patty Griffin, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Shawn Colvin, Alison Krauss, and Lyle Lovett. Not many other local singer/songwriters have the maturity and insight that Laura has, which enables her to create truthful and accessable songs.


Leap of Faith

Written By: Laura Brereton

Leap of Faith

Words and Music by
Laura Brereton
© 2002 Two Fish Music

I see the light at the end of the hall
I try to walk, but I stumble, I fall
I am lost inside the labyrinth
the map I have does not make sense
I feel like there is no hope at all

I hear the voices in my mind
There’s something hidden that I must find
But the devil’s words have taken a toll
So the angel swoops to save my soul
And her breath pushes me from behind

I know it’s a leap of faith
Yes, I know it’s a leap of faith
I guess I’ll have to take a leap of faith

With each small step I am free
I have a bird’s eye view of me

I’m standing on bank of a stream
The water rushes by to wash me clean
I see my face reflect the light
and I know that I have won this fight
I finally have something to believe

Repeat Chorus

In Ruins

Written By: Laura Brereton

The first one to get there
the last one to leave
you struggle with your conscience
not sure what to believe
You stare out the window
at the city you call home
You look out at the darkness
feeling so alone

And you used to be
a pillar of integrity
but now you are in ruins
And you used to see
how good life could be
but now yours is in ruins

The wind blows your hair
and it makes your eyes tear
You’re not really crying
too full of fear
You slowly look around
at the city down below
You’re standing in the darkness
feeling so alone

Repeat Chorus

Falling down
never felt so good
Finally doing
something you should

The lights of the city go out
They blur with the memories
of what life was about


Leap of Faith (2005)
Water's Edge (EP, 2000)

Set List

A typical set list is Mama Didn't Raise No Fool, Rocket to the Moon, Disappear, Ballad of Charlie McEwen, Why Can't You Do That?, Leap of Faith, Red-Headed Girl, Turn My World Around, He'll Come Back.

My sets are typically 45 mins. long and I usually do one or two. I also sometimes choose to play one long set of 1 1/2 hours, with no break in between.

I play mostly original music, but I do some covers such as Brilliant Disguise (Springsteen), Angel From Montgomery (Prine) and Rocks in My Bed (Ellington).