Brian Laidlaw

Poet | Songwriter | Educator


The Family Trade is a folk/Americana act fronted by poet-songwriter Brian Laidlaw and vocalist-instrumentalist Ashley Hanson. Originally based in Minneapolis, the Family Trade has built a devoted following on the strength of their live shows, bolstered by radio airplay on stations around the Midwest. The band has recently uprooted from Minneapolis and now calls Boulder, CO home. Their sound is a word-rich, harmony heavy revival of sixties and seventies Americana; their performances make even the biggest of stages feel as intimate as a bonfire circle.



Wednesday, July 18 @ 6:30pm   ///   SILVERWOOD PARK CONCERT SERIES   ///   St. Anthony, Minnesota





Reel Rock Tour Premiere   ///   Boulder Theater   ///   Boulder, Colorado

CatVidFest   ///   State Fair Grandstand   ///   St. Paul, Minnesota

Twin Cities Book Festival   ///   Minneapolis, Minnesota

Exit / In   ///   Nashville, Tennessee

The Parish   ///   Austin, Texas

Yoshi's   ///   San Francisco, California

Indianapolis Museum of Art   ///   Indianapolis, Indiana

Minneapolis Institute of Art   ///   Minneapolis, Minnesota

Walker Art Center   ///   Minneapolis, Minnesota

South Dakota Festival of Books   ///   Brookings, South Dakota

Montana Book Festival   ///   Missoula, Montana

Southern Festival of Books   ///   Nashville, Tennessee

Utah Humanities Festival   ///   Salt Lake City, Utah