Megan McLaughlin is a songwriter known for her innovative guitar playing, strong compelling voice, and high-energy stage presence.
A host of the West Coast Songwriters said “Speaking on behalf of all the WCS Chapter Managers, I thought you should know that we have decided to change the name of the “Best Song of the Month Award” to the “Megan McLaughlin Award”. She won Best Song at every chapter (Napa, Petaluma, San Francisco, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Vallejo, San Rafael) in Northern California during the 2017 season.
The same energetic personality that holds the attention of her five-year-old kindergarten students captivates audiences in Northern California, where she has at the Freight and Salvage, Hopmonk Sebastopol, Redwood Cafe, Throckmorton Theater, Auburn House Concert, Strings Acoustic Music, Bazaar Café, and Twin Oaks Roadhouse, Fairfax Irish Fest, Dublin Irish Fest, Mystic Restaurant, and Capp Heritage Deco Room with The Musers and Cularan.
Her 2013 release, My Next Life, shows McLaughlin’s folk influences, from the foot-stomping title track, to thoughtful ballads (In My Own Skin, Nothing is Better), and catchy folk rock (Eden’s Daughter, Back to the Valley). Recent musical detours into Irish traditional music are evident, too (Corner Café). Her deft guitar playing in DADGAD tuning and soulful vocals are the centerpiece of these primarily acoustic arrangements. Recorded during the Summer of 2013 in Berkeley at Artscape Studio by James Boblak, this is her third independently-produced recording on the Blahblahwoofwoof Label. Previous releases are: Earth & Sky (2001) and Noisy World (1997).
“Great musicianship, delivery, phrasing, wonderful orchestration using just a guitar. Great blend of guitar licks and a super dynamic vocal range.” West Coast Songwriters, Palo Alto Chapter
“Megan is one of my favorite songwriters. She is insightful as well as passionate. The natural energy she brings to her work knocks me out every time.” Joyce Woodson, Songwriter, San Juan Capistrano
“Megan writes, sings, and plays guitar like Joni Mitchell and David Crosby’s love child. She lights up the stage, and is beautiful to boot!” Bob Hahn, The Loft, Berkeley CA