Lauren Barnhart
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Lauren Barnhart

Seattle, Washington, United States

Seattle, Washington, United States
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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"Tuesday at the Goldhawk"

Lauren, better known as the belly dancer from Kukurudu debuted her new found Mandolin skills. She sang an original song that had a real gothic feel to me. Hey, who knew she could sing? I knew about the mandolin because she lives nearby and a couple of times that I ran into her she told me about her progress.

- Stephen Bailey
Cultural Exchange Advocate
November 2, 2005

"Lauren Barnhart w/ David Ribyat @ Mola, Hoboken"

Tonight among the assortment of coffee and tea was a unique mix of bluegrass and madrigal from the mandolin of Lauren Barnhart with David Ribyat of the band Las Vandelays on guitar.

Some covers, some originals blended well together with just a touch of technical difficulties in between... Luckily, the songs shone thru. Their set flowed well from the likes of Led Zeppelin to Americana-tinged originals.

- Stephen Bailey
Cultural Exchange Advocate
October 26, 2006 -


Shuffle Shoes
Walking Disease
Psychedelic Guru
Night Time

Lauren's music can be heard on:

Indie 104 iRadio LA
The Indie Revolution Stream.



Paired with the mystical nature of the mandolin, Lauren's vocals charge out with strength and honesty.

In 2004 she moved to New York City where various poetry readings led her to join two musicians to play the tabla drum and perform spoken word. She soon began playing percussion for the bossa nova group, Las Vandelays, and was approached by a percussionist looking to start a group known as Kukurudu. Engaging her belly dance and percussion skills, the highly energetic, enlivening show hit venues throughout New York City including Rockwood Music Hall, The Lion's Den, I.C.U., Maxwells, Wild Spirits, and CBGB's.

During this time, Lauren was magnetically drawn to the mandolin and found that it created a dynamic method for expressing her poetry. Quickly building technique, by the end of the year she had left Kukurudu and was performing as a singer and songwriter.

Lauren has returned to Seattle and continues to write music, performing around the city. She has performed at Chop Suey, Skylark Cafe & Club, El Diablo Coffee Company, The Mainstage, Hotwire Coffeehouse, La Familia Gallery, The Mix, cabaret night at Teatro Zinzanni, and The Can Can.