About Laura

Laura Kemp is an award winning singer-songwriter who has been captivating audiences for over three decades. Accompanying herself primarily on guitar and harmonica, her eclectic musical interests span anything from folk to bluegrass to jazz to kirtan. She has produced seven studio and two live albums and is currently at work on her next recording of original songs.

A guitarist and singer since the age of eight, she honed her skills in pubs and busking on the streets of Europe. Since then she has played prestigious folk venues across the country, including Club Passim in Cambridge, CBGB’s Gallery in New York, The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, and main stage of the Oregon Country Fair.

These days you can hear her perform in a variety of configurations and settings: as a dynamic solo artist/singer-songwriter; fronting the Laura Kemp Trio with Sean Peterson on upright bass and vocals and Jeremy Wegner on mandolin, banjo, and vocals; as half of the devotional music duo, Bhakti Heart with multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter, Len Seligman, or leading her unique music infused Bhakti Nidra guided meditations.

Over the years she has recorded and performed with The Liaisons, a jazz standards trio with Laura on guitar and vocals, Sean Peterson on upright bass and vocals, and a Paul Biondi on saxophones or Tony Glausi on trumpet. She was also part of the group Babes With Axes (along with TR Kelley, Debbie Diedrich, and Katie Henry) who released two live recordings in the 90's. 

A sought after guitar teacher in Eugene, Laura has taught and mentored many young musicians over the past 30 years. When she is not focused on her music, she is an avid gardener, backpacker, and is deeply committed to her yoga practice.

"With songs that range from sassy rockers to ballads, covering topics from pets to television and every angle on lo"ve imaginable, “performer extraordinaire, Laura Kemp (has the) ability to make an audience chuckle, tear up, and feel an instant connection with her lyrics - all in the course of one song.”- San Francisco Bay Guardian

“A true songwriter with a voice and guitar that work together like no other... you know you’re going to be entertained with Laura Kemp.” - Ed Mellnik, Mostly Folk, KZME Portland, Oregon

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Jul21

Kathryn Claire, Margot Merah and Laura Kemp reunite on the Tsunami stage after an amazing show last summer to bring you heartfelt songs, breathtaking 3 part harmonies and wonderful storytelling. Last spring, Kathryn had a vision of Margot, Laura and herself on stage and reached out to Laura to do a show together in the summer of 2023. “I saw the 3 of us on stage singing and playing together and it gave me chills” says Kathryn. “Both Laura and Margot have such incredible voices and are so easy to sing and play with. They have influenced me as a musician and writer. When I thought of them meeting and getting to play together as well, I got this huge smile”. That vision will become a reality and the three have been scheming to do it again and are thrilled to return to Tsunami Books on July 21st.

Jul27

Laura Kemp Trio

Outdoor House Concert near downtown, Eugene, OR

We will be playing a small outdoor house concert at Sean and Shannon's home in Eugene! Gather at 6:30, Show from 7-8:30. Bring a low backed chair or blanket for seating and if you'd like, a snack and bevvie. Please email Sean: tijuana_moods@hotmail.com to reserve your spot(s) and be given the address. The suggested donation of $20 will be collected when you arrive. If you need to cancel your reservation, PLEASE let Sean know so we can give the spot to someone else. Attendance is limited so this is quite likely to fill up!

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