I first heard Laura Smith (then known as Susie Smith) in London, Ontario
It was back in the mid-seventies at Smale’s Pace Coffeehouse and Laura was not only singing but waitressing at the club as well. I can’t tell you what she was singing that night, but it was probably something from the traditional repertoire. What I do remember is that she delivered the songs with a ton of conviction. No fooling around, she took hold of the song and delivered it directly to everyone in the audience.