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Laura Marling

AKA: Laura B. Marling and Laura Beatrice Marling

About Laura Marling

Laura Marling is one of the most acclaimed singer-songwriters of her generation. An accomplished live performer since the age of 16 (who was once made to leave her own gig because she was too young to be allowed in the venue, and instead played on the street), Marling has to date released 5 full length albums, going from strength to strength each time. Before establishing herself as a successful independent artist, she was involved with such other acts as Noah and the Whale and Mumford and Sons.

Marling released her first album, Alas, I Cannot Swim, in 2008—three days after her eighteenth birthday. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize, and its highlights include “Ghosts” (still by far her most played song on Spotify) and the titular “Alas I Cannot Swim”, which features as a hidden track right at the album’s end.

Just seven years later, having recently turned 25, she released Short Movie—her 5th full album. Notwithstanding her prolific output, each album has a distinct feel; but, while her lyrics, delivery and music style have undergone several modulations (most starkly, she went electric for Short Movie), she has nevertheless been constant in the depth of her poetry and the compelling power of her voice. In addition to her studio albums, there are countless live recordings to be discovered online. So many of these are not just of an exceptional quality, but they give us distinct, highly variable versions of the same song. Her headlining set at the BBC 6Music Festival, hosted in 2016 by the city of Bristol, is just one example of many:


She has lived for some time in Los Angeles, but still has strong ties with London and the rest of the UK.