Street Musician Slewfoot Passes

Slewfoot. New Orleans street musician.

Well-known street musician Slewfoot passed away on Monday, April 11, 2011 of unknown causes. Born Mark McLaughlin in 1953, he began playing guitar at the age of 13 and in 1980 he started his career as a New Orleans street musician. Recently Slewfoot played in Woldenberg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Funeral arrangements for McLaughlin are pending. He had numerous health issues: emphysema, hepatitis C and several years ago had quadruple bypass surgery. He was not heard from for several days and it was learned that he passed in his sleep.


  • Lee

    You were one of the best musicians I have ever heard – not just street, either. You were truly talented, and I will miss you. God speed, Mick.


  • Bonnie

    My dear friend Mickey, I can’t believe you’re gone. The world has lost an angel, a comedian, an honest and loyal friend, and a damn fine musician. Rest in peace, and play a tune now and again so no one here ever forgets you. I know I won’t.

  • Dana

    Very, very sad news. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him in NOLA.

  • Nierue

    Here’s info on Slewfoot’s funeral from

    Mark D. McLaughlin 1953-2011

    Mark D. McLaughlin 1953-2011 was known to many as either “Mickey” or “Slewfoot” departed this life on Monday April 11th. Mickey will be remembered in a full funeral mass on Wednesday April 27th at 6:00 PM followed by a Second Line to Frenchmen Street where the community will play in his honor. Memorial donations in Mickey’s name may be made out to St. Anna’s Mission to Musicians. Musicians, artists, and community members are invited to attend and remember our friend. For further information please call 504-947-2121 or e-mail .

  • Nierue

    St Anna’s is at 1313 Esplanade, corner of Marais

  • Bob

    I showed up in New Orleans in 2004, a green kid from Mississippi who could barely play the guitar, much less sing, but I was determined to do both. Few people would give me the time of day, and no one would give me a gig, but Slewfoot took me under his wing and let me join him, Andrew and Carey B at their weekly gig at Lucky’s. And here I was, googling him in hopes in preparation for an upcoming visit to the city with every intention of showing up at one of his gigs, with a guitar in my hand and a stupid grin on my face, knowing he’d let me sit in for old time’s sake. God bless him.

  • Delta Boy

    Mickey was as fine a person as you could want to meet or come to know. Faultless he was not. He had a heart as big as Texas and I have missed him greatly. If he left us anything besides his music it would be the memory of a fine person stepping up to the plate to do whatever was called for. I am so sorry that I can never again give him a big hug and listen to him. Where is Carey B.? My ph# = 870- 416- 9972. Please call if you know her or anything about his final days.