A REVIEW OF…LAURA MARLING IN STOCKTON

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LAURA MARLING

LAURA MARLING played a mesmerising solo show to a sold out Stockton Arc, which featured hits from several albums and a Leonard Cohen cover.

Opening with Semper Femina‘s stunning Wild Fire, the crowd were left in silenced awe – almost as if they were watching a cinema screen. But unlike the cinema there were no fancy gimmicks or distracting visuals.

It was simply Laura Marling, introducing herself saying “Hi, I’m Laura,” with a guitar on stage under a spotlight. Offering various anecdotes now and then, Marling let the story telling method of songwriting do the majority of the talking.

“This next song is a B-side from Short Movie about my friend Daisy’s grandma,” introduced Daisy“I have a friend from Stockton – his name is Robert Icke,” introduced a piece of music she wrote for his theatre adaption of Almedia, and she discussed having Greek food for dinner before playing How Can I.

The intimate tone of the evening was perfect for the stripped back performance. With classics such as I Speak Because I Can ballad Goodbye England and a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Avalanche were fondly appreciated by the circa 500 lucky ticket holders.

Declaring that she doesn’t do encores, so if the crowd were expecting one this is it preluded Rambling Man as the final track from a beautifully ambient evening.

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