“The first thing that strikes me is the beauty and clarity of Lauren's voice. It's like discovering some new instrument that combines qualities of fiddle and clarinet, fresh but with deep roots, accompanied by some pretty impressive guitar work. Lauren's music is rich with ingredients that nourish the human spirit.”
- Phil Wiggins, of Cephas and Wiggins
With sandy-edged vocals and sparkling guitar, mandolin and banjo picking, Lauren Sheehan plays from an old Songster tradition, combining blues, country, folk, ballads and standards, along with popular as well as her own music. Her shows are unusual for their stylistic breadth and emotional range, masterfully delivered with warmth, humor and passion for the music and its history. Inspired by study with elders, oral tradition and scholarship, Lauren creates the intimacy of a back porch, where singing and playing were regular events. She clearly loves the music she performs, shape shifting through the moods of familiar and the obscure, howling with the werewolf and weeping with the willow.
Recent appearances on NPR, a 2012 Portland Music Award for outstanding achievement in Folk, acceptance in the Library of Congress as part of the MusicBox project and the success of her 3rd and latest CD, Rose City Ramble, #8 on the folk radio annual chart for 2011, attest to her growing talent and reputation as an artist and performer of note.
“Hugely talented...wonderful set”
- Michael Rainsford, Blues In Britain Magazine