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  • Below is an account of Marling's recent Nashville show
    by ohh-sweet-nuthin:

    It’s very rare that you get to hear an artist’s new songs live in concert, even rarer still when you hear most of their new album ahead of its release. Laura Marling performed the songs of her new album and I was lucky enough to be there.

    The new album is apparently called Semper Femina and it’s all about women. The songs have a more soulful sound, there is even one you can dance to. There’s also one that’s kind of a waltz and one called Tennessee Junior - the only reason I remember that name is because it was the last song she played.

    There was a strict no-cell phone policy so I couldn’t jot down notes or take pictures so a lot of things are lost to memory. Still, I’ll always remember her playing a guitar and putting her heart into these new songs. She was riveting.

    She began her set with the first four songs from "Once I Was An Eagle," all played together as they are on that fine record. A Dolly Parton tune, "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind," followed and then we dove deep into her new songs.

    "We gave you fair warning" she said. The Nashville crowd could not be happier.

    I had hoped to hear one of my favorite songs of hers - "Goodbye England," but that didn’t happen. What we did hear was much more special than I could have hoped for and I’m thankful for that.

    CHAL RAVENS blogged this
    25 November 2010:

    Chal Ravens

    "'s just a guy, about my age, on his way back from a gig. He asks us if we know who Laura Marling is, and we say we do, and he says we look like we would (I don't know what that means). He'd been to see her that night, on his own, and had been standing right in front of the stage and had lifted his leg up there to reveal to Laura Marling a tattoo, from his ankle to halfway up his calf.

    "It said 'Laura Marling'. In child-like hand writing, large, with two child-like flowers at each end.

    "It was not the best tattoo I'd ever seen.

    "The woman herself saw it and proclaimed him to be 'the most chronically weird' fan ever, to which he replied that he was drunk when he got it done. So she told him he was 'the coolest' fan ever. Respect to her for acknowledging him. It must be really, really odd when people you've never met ink your name on their body permanently."



    Past Performances

    19 January - Celtic Connections Festival - Glasgow, Scotland
    - (with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra)
    7 March - His Master's Voice - London, UK
    8 March - O2 Academy - Leeds, UK
    9 March - Colston Hall - Bristol, UK
    10 March - O2 ABC - Glasgow, UK
    12 March - Albert Hall - Manchester, UK
    13 March - O2 Academy Oxford - Oxford, UK
    14 March - Institute - Birmingham, UK
    16 March - Dome - Brighton, UK
    17 March - Roundhouse - London, UK
    18 March - City Hall - Salisbury, UK
    21 March - Roundhouse - London, UK - SOLD OUT
    22 March - The Apex - Bury St. Edmonds, UK (solo show)
    24 March - Stocton Arts Centre - Stockton-on-Tees, UK (solo show)
    25 March - Central Station - Wrexham, UK (solo show)
    26 March - Lemon Grove - Exeter, UK (solo show)
    28 March - Waterfront - Norwich, UK (solo show)

    26 April - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, B.C.
    27 April - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
    28 April - The Showbox - Seattle, WA
    30 April - The Filmore - San Francisco, CA
    2 May - Mayan Theater - Los Angeles, CA
    5 May - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
    6 May - Majestic Theater - Madison, WI
    7 May - Metro - Chicago, IL
    9 May - Magic Stick -Detroit, MI
    10 May - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, Ontario
    11 May - Rex Theater - Pittsburgh, PA
    13 May - Corona Theater - Montreal, Quebec
    14 May - Academy of Music Theater - Northampton, MA
    16 May - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
    19 May - Theater of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
    20 May - Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY
    21 May - 930 Club - Washington, D.C.

    *-- Valley Queen supported Marlling at the preceding 17 performances

    8 June - The Triffid - Brisbane, Australia
    10 June - The Gov - Adelaide, Australia
    11 June - The Forum - Melbourne, Australia
    12 June - Vivid Live - Sydney Opera House - Sydney, Australia
    25 June - Glastonbury Festival - Pilton, UK
    7 July - Mouth of the Tyne Festival - Tynemouth, UK
    16 July - Citadel Festival - London, UK
    3 September - Mosley Folk Festival - Mosley, UK
    7 October - New Yorker Festival - New York, NY
    14 & 15 October - Festival of Disruption - Los Angeles, CA