Laura Marling, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Thursday 30th April 2015
There’s a hearty buzz along London’s Southbank and amongst the seats of Queen Elizabeth Hall on this particular Thursday night. England’s folk favourite, Laura Marling is about to sing her last London slot in her UK April/May tour. When Marling walks onto the stage, immediately strumming into opening track, ‘Howl’, it’s evident we are watching an artist who has lived and breathed every minute of her eleven year musical career.
It’s not until after I Was An Eagle‘s ‘You Know’ (fifth song in), that Marling strikes up a conversation with her fans. It’s obvious to everyone; Marling wants the music to do the talking for her. This hand-picked set list showcases tracks old and new, and offers a heavier take on acoustics, which is welcomed by nodding heads and stomping feet in the audience.
It would be easy to say Laura Marling is this generation’s Joni Mitchell, but the Hampshire songstress stands alone in her greatness, in her own genre and style; Marling is a Master Hunter.