About Laura

A fixture on the music scene since moving to Oregon in 1990, Laura Kemp has gained a reputation as one of the finest performers on the west coast. Over the past 25 years she has produced 7 studio and two live CD’s, and has won the Eugene Weekly’s annual poll for Best Singer-Songwriter too many times to keep track of.

With musical interests that span anything from folk to bluegrass to jazz to kirtan, and accompanying herself on guitar, harmonica, banjo, and harmonium, Laura’s musical style is not one to be pegged down, though it is largely rooted in folk and influenced by her time spent living in Nashville and North Carolina. She began playing guitar at the age of 8, performing every chance she could get, including while living in Germany in 1987, honing her skills in Irish pubs and busking in the streets. Since then, she has performed on numerous stages throughout the country, from Passim in Cambridge, MA and CBGB’s Gallery in NYC, to The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, and the main stage of Eugene's Oregon Country Fair. 

These days you can hear her perform in a variety of configurations and settings: as a dynamic solo artist/singer-songwriter; leading devotional kirtans that are sung primarily in Sanskrit while accompanying herself on guitar and harmonium; fronting the Laura Kemp Trio with Sean Peterson on upright bass and vocals and Jeremy Wegner on mandolin, banjo, and vocals; or 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.  A sought after guitar teacher in Eugene, Laura has taught and mentored many young musicians over the past 15 years. When she is not focused on her music, she is an avid gardener, backpacker, and is deeply committed to her yoga practice.

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UPCOMING SHOWS

Previous events

Nov15

Tim May, Steve Smith, Laura Kemp

House Concert, 118 Merry Lane, Eugene, OR

I am excited to bring Steve Smith to town after many years! Steve is the mandolin player from my album May and we have shared the stage multiple times in OR as well as NM. He is touring with an amazing guitarist from Nashville, Tim May. I'll be playing a few songs in the show but mostly stepping aside to let these two guys dazzle you for the evening. Seating is very limited so make your reservation early!

The Tim May and Steve Smith duo brings an evening of original, traditional and swing music with mandolinist/vocalist Steve Smith and Nashville guitarist/vocalist Tim May.  The two musicians have collaborated in studio and on stages nationwide and now bring their acoustic brand of fire on the strings to Eugene. Smith and May originally met while on staff at Camp Bluegrass in Levelland, Texas and quickly discovered many common musical threads for exploration honoring tradition and improvisation. Their latest CD (July 2016) Murder of Crows reflects upon this acoustic music force the duo has become and includes seven originals. Their shows include tight vocal harmonies, dazzling guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin and twin mandolin works throughout a broad range of styles.

Oct19

Sharing the bill with Kathryn Claire!

Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St, Eugene, OR

So much looking forward to sharing the stage with Kathryn Claire! Originally from Eugene, Kathryn is now based out of Portland and spends most of her time touring. This will be a sold out show - get your tix soon. I will go on promptly at 8pm and Kathryn will take over shortly after 9pm with her 4 piece band!

$15-20 sliding scale

Aug31

Laura Kemp Solo

Eugene Saturday Market, downtown, Oak and 8th, Eugene, OR

Playing solo for this before noon (yikes!) set on the last day of August. Come on down to the market for a cuppa joe and a serenade!

free!

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