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Laura Marling plays WILD FIRE, from her next album, Semper Femina in Lima, Peru. LYRICS


The 'Bio' has been removed from Marling's site. The full text is avaiable at Cinematic Books/.

Marling’s fifth album, Short Movie, is the result of an extended period of stopping and thinking. "I realised that I hadn’t been in a place for longer than two or three weeks since I was 16," she explains. "I thought 'I wonder what will happen if I try and root myself somewhere?' Look back over the past eight years."

Shelving the album she had written and begun, she gave herself six months away from anything related to music, to explore and learn new skills, to try other kinds of writing, other ways of thinking. "It was definitely good for me," she says. "But it was also absolutely horrible and I’ll never do that again."


A report by The Trinity Mirror data group on word usage by songwriters states that, over her first three albums, Laura Marling employed some 1200 different words. She used the pronoun 'I' 337 times, and the pronoun 'you' 185 times. (From 4 September article by Karen Jordan in Get Reading)


The Marling Cover of the Week is by Clara Hathaway and her sister Etty from Montevideo, Minnesota. Clara released an EP called Old Dreams, New Mind which is avaliable for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

Best covers from previous weeks are on Best Covers Playlist (YouTube).


Beck Hansen

Beck’s Song Reader, previously released exclusively as an illustrated book of sheet music, is now available on CD, MP3, and vinyl. All vinyl orders receive an instant mp3 download of the album upon purchase. The album includes newly-recorded versions of all 20 songs from the original book by a variety of performers including Laura Marling, Jack White, Beck himself, and Norah Jones, and will benefit the non-profit 826 Foundation. Marling performs the song Sorry (track #10).


WOMAN DRIVER, a six-minute short film directed by Chris Perkel and starring Laura Marling, was screened at the London Short Film Festival in the "New Shorts: Music and Video" category on 14 January, and is available on YouTube. Woman Driver was written, shot, and edited on location in Marfa, Texas over one weekend in 2013 as part of the National Film Challenge -- 72 hours from blank screen to finished film, where it won Best in Genre, Best Actress (Laura Marling), and Best Soundtrack. Others in the film's cast are Casey Thomas Brown and Nimble Melinda.


Gil Landry

Take this Body, the first song made available from Gill Landry's third solo album, is a duet with Laura Marling, and can be streamed on Stereogum and purchased from iTunes.

Eddie Berman's album Polyhymnia features a cover of Bob Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone by Berman and Laura Marling, accompanied by Gabe Davis on bass, and Sarah Pigion on the harmonium. Video is available on YouTube. Marling and Berman previously covered Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark. Video of that is available on YouTube. The two also performed the song as part of the Secret Cinema shows in London in June, 2013. A month before the Dancing in the Dark duet, Marling and Berman sang Help Me When I Say, a song from Berman's EP Blood and Rust.


Bonny Portmore

Episode 5 of TURN (which aired on 4 May 2014 on AMC) featured an interpretation of Bonnie Portmore, a 300 year old Scottish protest song by Marling and Jonathan Wilson. A recording of Bonny Portmore by Jonathan Wilson and Laura Marling is available on for €1.29. In a review of the episode, Brian Ives of quotes Marling on the history of her involvement with the song.

"I was asked to perform it at a gathering in London in honor of The People Speak, [the 2009 film] influenced by Howard Zinn’s writings about the history and power of speech and protest. And the night [singer/songwriter] John Martyn died [January 29, 2009] I was on tour in rural Scotland and the entire village came together in the pub and passed around a guitar taking turns to play his songs and sing together, full of joy. That was one of the most important musical experiences I ever had. Not least because in rural Scotland in one pub there were at least 20 people better at singing and playing guitar than me."


Isle of Noise cover art Isle Of Noises: Conversations With Great British Songwriters by Daniel Rachel, which is available from Amazon in a Kindle Edition and in hardcover, includes extensive conversation with Laura Marling. Asked if she records 'little ideas' and then builds from them Marling said: "No, it's all from memory. I'm a complete technophobe. Sometimes if I finish a song very quickly then I write it down because I'll definitely forget it the next day. But I can't read or write music so I do write down chords and stuff.". And she says she can't just sit down and write a song just because she wants to. "I've tried," she says, "and it's awful, awful, awful, awful." Rachel is himself a songwriter who has released three solo albums, the most recent being A Taste of Money (2006).


Laura Marling photo showing tattoo on left wrist Laura Marling has two tattoos. On the inside of her left wrist is the Marling family crest. On her right wrist is the family motto: We Are Prey To None. These were described by interviewer Tony Clayton-Lea in The Irish Times on 17 May. On right is a photo taken when Marling was 19 which clearly shows a tattoo of a lighthouse on her inside left wrist.


The short film When Brave Bird Saved, by Frederick Scott & Nicholas Jack Davies, which features music from ONCE I WAS AN EAGLE, can be viewed on YouTube. The film is described as "an introduction to a visual journey directly inspired, informed, and narrated by the first four tracks of 'Once I Was An Eagle.'" Castmembers are: Jessica Lee Keller (Alison Bailey in episode #277 of CSI), Sean Patrick Parnell, Amanda Balen, Christopher Black, Jasmine Albuquerque, Cathy Cooper, Haylee roderick, Bill Prudich, Andy Acosta, Rhoda Pell, Forrest Temple, Theresa Balderson, Galen Howard, and Alfred Gilliam.


Goodbye First Love poster The Water, a Marling/Johnny Flynn duet, is featured in the 2011 film GOODBYE FIRST LOVE, which stars Lola Créton, and is about two young lovers reunited after 8 years apart. The French film is now available on DVD and on Amazon Instant Video. It can also be streamed on Netflix (US).


Quentin Ames has posted guitar tutorials on how to play each of the four songs that make up the opening medley on ONCE I WAS AN EAGLE on YouTube, and they are also with the lyrics for the individual songs (Take the Night Off, I Was an Eagle, You Know, Breathe) on this site.


Marling DJing at Notting Hill Arts Club in London

Allan Cole, writing on Tumblr (the post has since been removed), described Laura Marling's turn as DJ last 18 December at the Notting Hill Arts Club this way:

"The both folky and alternative line-up included Bearskin, Jetta, and Marika Hackman – it couldn’t have been more diverse and fun! The club was all dipped in stars and fairy lights and the late-night bonus was a beautiful Laura Marling on the mixing deck. A singer songwriter would perhaps not necessarily be expected to be a smashing electro freak but it was fun watching her and dancing along to RHCP and the like."


Kairos Dance Company Hazel Clarke, Artistic Director/Choreographer of Kairos Dance Company, was inspired by the song My Manic and I to create A Question That Sometimes Drives Me Hazy: Am I or the Others Crazy?, a full-length work of choreography focusing on Mental Illness in the early 1960s, it's stigmas, and it's effect on society. "It's a dark piece, but there are comical aspects of it and light parts," said Harper. "There is a lot of light and beauty in it. We're all human, we all have issues. It doesn't matter if you're diagnosed with anything or not, everybody can relate." Chelsea Sektan writes more about Hazel Clarke's project at Easy Reader News.

In the summer of 2013, "I Speak Because I Can", an original musical featuring the songs of Laura Marling was performed by student-run theatre group Dorothy L. Productions, based in Flower Mound, Texas (near Dallas). The musical was set in the Boston area in the year 1960, with a story that explores themes of civil rights and feminism. All profits were donated to Traffick911, an organization dedicated to fighting sexual slavery of children in the U.S. Video is available on YouTube.


Marling at Totstock Spring Fair in LA - 3 May 2014

Marling performed at Los Angeles Family School's annual Totstock Spring Fair & Music Festival on 3 May 2014. Saying that she was "more ill-prepared for kids' songs than she thought", Marling performed a cover of Neil Young's Dance Dance Dance, a song from Lady and the Tramp, Alas I Cannot Swim, Love Be Brave, and Ghosts. All proceeds from the event went to benefit Los Angeles Family School.

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  • Will Butler reviewed Marling's 5 September show at THE FORUM in London for Gigwise, calling Marling "a spiritual and celestial presence.

    Because what used to be a circular argument revolving around Marling’s likeness to Joni Mitchell has now fizzled out into an industry-wide appreciation of her solitary status as an artist. Her guitar prowess is a sight to be seen since Marling has developed into a truly underrated style-maker of the instrument. She can swap her fingerstyle from playful and intricate scale runs to the crushing sounds of a harnessed tempest like on 'Alpha Shallows'.

  • Elisa Regulski reviewed Marling's performance at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX for Glide Magazine, saying that "Marling had the listeners chuckling and sighing as she adorably fumbled her words and described her discoveries at a local antique store." Elisa Regulski

    Marling opened with 'Howl' a smooth and languid siren song from her latest album, Short Movie. The crystal-lit crucifix illuminated the altar during 'Once,' a tune written in the CPC’s stone hallways years earlier. This nostalgic ditty dripped with longing and seamlessly transitioned into 'I Feel Your Love.' Unlike [what] the title suggests, this biting melody is a tumultuous whirlwind of pulsing desperation. Her syrupy voice dipped between breathy high notes and creamy lower tones. With the accelerating momentum of a derailing train, Marling fluttered the lyrics, 'I feel your love. Please let me go.'

  • Laura Marling performed at the Austin City Limits 2015 ACL Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on 18 June. Others performing were Jason Isbell, Patty Loveless, David Hidalgo, Los Texmaniacs, and JT Van Zandt. The event was hosted by Dwight Yoakam. Five artists were inducted into the hall. They are: Asleep at the Wheel, Loretta Lynn, Guy Clark, Flaco Jiménez and Townes Van Zandt. The event is open to the public this year and will take place at The Moody Theater. Parts of the ceremony will be broadcast in a special episode as part of ACL’s Season 41 which premieres in the fall on PBS. Marling recently covered Townes Van Zandt's "Colorado Girl".
  • Sarah Walters, writing in the Manchester Evening News about Marling's Albert Hall show, waxed poetic about the performance: Sarah Walters

    "Vocally, she's probably the purest singer of her generation: effortless ascending the octaves but also utterly dripping in pathos. The fact this angelic character can also tear I Feel Your Love out of a growling electric guitar like a British Kristin Hersh or tickle the neck of her blues dobro on How Can I? like a worldly busker on Beale Street these days just puts her on a higher musical plain: no longer the sweet folk artist singing about her nightmares, it's the sort of game changer that got Bob Dylan called Judas just across the road from here at the Free Trade Hall."

  • Kitty Empire wrote about Marling's show at the Corn Exchange in Cambridge for The Guardian. This quote names Marling's band members:

    Take the Night Off, part of a suite of songs from Marling’s last album, Once I Was an Eagle, is given a makeover. Every time Marling sings “be bad for me”, guitarist Pete Randell, bassist Nick Pini and drummer Matt Ingram crank up a gear, and Marling’s own guitar motif grows more strident. Twenty intense minutes go by before we are allowed the space to whoop.

  • Alice Vincent Alice Vincent reviewed Marling's 20 April performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London for The Telegraph. Here's an excerpt:

    Even her back catalogue, such as When We Were In Love and Sophia, got this beefed up, bluesy treatment, with walking bass lines and quietly thrumming percussion from her band which melded old and newer songs seamlessly. Master Hunter was feverish, Marling spitting out lyrics with a staccato zeal that hinted at Anthony Kiedis circa 1987, and Debbie Harry’s swaggering Rapture rap.

  • In an interview with with Doug Wallen of Faster/Louder, Marling discussed some of what she was thinking about when she wrote her latest album:

    "I’m interested in morality and the origins of morality, and how confining the idea of masculinity and femininity is. I spent a lot of time thinking about that with this record, because I’m at an age where that becomes an interesting question (what you have defined yourself as at this point)...I think there are aspects of masculinity and femininity in all things, and I see a lot of frustrating confinement in men and in women, in very different ways, about the restrictions of these particular roles."

  • Speaking to Christoph Dallach of Time, that, since spending two years in Los Angeles, she drives on highways in her dreams. Marling also spoke of her childhood dreams:

    "In a nightmare that haunted me for years as a little girl, I saw from afar that my sisters were trapped in a maze, and I could not help them. As a teenager I had, like many children of my generation, a lot of exciting Harry Potter dreams. To become a musician was never my dream, and I'm still not sure if I will be happy in this profession in the long run. My parents wanted to talk me into it at first, but then let me choose."

  • Led Zeppelin is reissuing all of their albums to celebrate its 40th anniversary. To help commemorate the re-reissue of Physical Graffiti, MOJO is also releasing a tribute disc, and Laura Marling contributed a cover of Bron-Yr-Aur to it. (Video is available on YouTube)