“Tea and Oranges” – A Leonard Cohen Tribute

I’ve been spending the past few weeks slowly listening to and learning “The Stranger Song” by Leonard Cohen for an upcoming tribute concert. A bunch of my friends from DC are going to share their own renditions of songs by Leonard Cohen on Saturday December 2nd at Slash Run. It’s been interesting taking the time to learn someone else’s song with the purpose of covering it. Memorizing lyrics with the intent of performing them takes up a whole different form of headspace than learning lyrics by casually listening to a song. Sometimes I start to get some hint of the meaning or mood of the song, but then it morphs a little each time I revisit it. There’s plenty of […]

Summer Tour 2016

Our summer tour as the Marian McLaughlin Trio starts in a little under two months. It’s fascinating to see this puzzle come together finally. We are still in search of venues for NYC on 8/18 and Richmond, Virginia on 8/20 if anyone has any ideas. (photo credit: Brendan Polmer) 8/11 – Buffalo NY at the 9th Ward with Lesionread 8/12 – Rochester, NY at Mission Hall 8/13 – Ithaca, NY at a House Show with Beverly Stokes 8/14 – Great Barrington, MA at the Race Brook Lodge’s Down County Social Club 8/16 – Greenfield, MA at the Arts Block with Amber Wolfe 8/17 – Boston, MA at the Magnolia Loft with Anne Malin 8/18 – NYC, TBA (Still need help […]

Spirit House is out!

As you may have heard, I self-released Spirit House on Wednesday September 23rd.  It’s currently available as a digital download or in CD format through my bandcamp.  I’m so excited and relieved that the album is finally out! I had to move our big DC release show from 9/23 to 11/21 due to transit issues surrounding the papal visit, so you still have a chance to catch my performance with the full ensemble!!  You can find out more about this special show through the online invitation here. I’m currently in the middle of a week-long tour supporting the album with Ethan and cellist Katie Weissman of Tiny Rhymes.  Ethan reshaped the arrangements for this smaller set-up, and we’re having a blast playing […]

Everything happens at once

Two weeks ago, I got to to play some out of town shows.  I took a bus up to NYC, walked the whole Highline with my guitar in tow, and made it to the Living Room in time for the Folk’d Up show.  I shared a bill with Lauryn Peacock, Skye Steele, and Bonsai. The following day, I met up with a group of people at Grand Central Station, and we took the Metro North up the Hudson River valley to spend the whole day hiking along Mt. Taurus.  Dan Goldberg runs a music series called The Mountain Shows, where a few performers set up along various trail landmarks and share music during hiking breaks.  I got to play at the ruins […]

Music for Life Benefit Show

Tomorrow is our Music for Life benefit show! Back in December, my family chose a house show as a Kickstarter reward.  I decided to turn this performance into a special event to raise funds for Music for Life, a non-profit organization that provides after-school music programs to children. If you’re in the Northern Virginia area tomorrow, come to our Music for Life benefit show.  I’ll be playing a set with a string trio, and two other amazing folk acts called Town Hall and Wind Divine will play as well.  The show is free, but we’ll be asking for donations.  All proceeds will go to Music For Life, which was established in memory of my good friend Aaron Brown. Learn more […]

Marian at Strathmore

Strathmore Artist in Residence Month

My Artist in Residence month at the Mansion at Strathmore is right around the corner! On April 8th I’ll be playing material off of Dérive and a few new songs from Spirit House.  I’ll also be collaborating on a few songs with fellow Strathmore residents as well as my mentor Allyn Jonhnson. On April 22nd, Ethan and I will perform with our chamber ensemble (which includes my string quartet invoke!).  We’ll be sharing most of the music from Spirit House during this performance as well as a world premiere. And on April 15th, I’ll be conducting a free workshop about my songwriting process. I’m honored to be a part of the tenth season of Strathmore’s Artists in Residence program.  So far, I’ve attended a number of professional development […]


Hello!  Welcome to my website, designed by my wonderful friend Erin White of Elevation Lab. Some exciting things are coming together, and I can’t wait to share everything I’ve been working on with you. The recording process of Spirit House is off to a strong start.  Ethan’s friend Michael Okusami is engineering the album in his awesome home studio.  He’s involved in many projects, and I’ve taken a liking to this song and video from one of his groups called Nighttime Adventure Society. We’re almost done laying down my guitar and vocal parts.  This time in the studio, I realized how challenging it is to record a nylon-stringed guitar.  I play so quietly, so all sorts of shifting movement from my fret […]