Laurence is now a resident of Chicago, where he has lived since 1992. He comes from the little village of Lack in County Fermanagh, an area steeped in the traditional arts of music, singing and storytelling. Not surprisingly, Laurence's first musical influences came from within his own family. His father Sean Nugent has been the leader of the Pride of Erin Ceili Band, one of the top dance bands in Irish music. Band practices would be held regularly in the Nugent house and Larry grew up listening to some of the finest musicians in the land.