Born and raised in Margaree Forks, Inverness County, Lawrence has been a part of the musical Cape Breton culture since his childhood. Surrounded by a family that has musically renowned members such as Rankins and Beatons, he grew up with a deep knowledge and love for the tradition. Lawrence later trained and graduated from Acadia University with a Music Education degree. He has taught music both in public and private schools since his teens. Presently he’s teaching music at Cape Breton Highlands Academy in Belle Côte, Inverness County, and lives there with his wife Jeanette. Both of his children, Douglas and Rose, are performers in their own right; Douglas being a high in demand fiddler across the province, and Rose who is an up-and-coming singer, guitarist and pianist.