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Laura Marling / October 2011 English Cathedral Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 26th July 2011 at 8:00 am
 

The super talented Laura Marling will be undertaking a rather unique tour in October: she’ll be playing in a series of cathedrals across the UK. No doubt these hallowed halls will be the perfect place to hear her lovely voice and guitar-playing. The tour kicks off in Exeter on the 14th of October and ends on the 29th of October in Birmingham. Tickets for this tour will go on sale Friday (29 July) at 9 AM.

Marling’s highly anticipated third album, ‘A Creature I Don’t Know’, is scheduled to be released on 12 September.

Friday 14th October 2011 – Exeter Cathedral
Saturday 15th October 2011 – Winchester Cathedral
Monday 17th October 2011 – Guildford Cathedral
Tuesday 18th October 2011 – Gloucester Cathedral
Friday 21st October 2011 – York Minster
Saturday 22nd October 2011 – Sheffield Cathedral
Monday 24th October 2011 – Manchester Cathedral
Tuesday 25th October 2011 – Bristol Cathedral
Wednesday 26th October 2011 – London Central Hall Westminster
Saturday 29th October 2011 – Birmingham Cathedral

 

Glastonbury 2011: Day 3 Roundup

 
By on Thursday, 7th July 2011 at 1:00 pm
 

At last the sun was shining, and all I could think about is how badly I was going to burn in this unbearable heat, the summer sheer had to come out at some point though and who better to provoke such cheers then American hero Don McLean. He comes on and the first thing he says is, “I’ve got a couple of songs you may like to hear, and one really long one that you definitely will”. At least he’s honest! The set is long enough for him to get the crowd on their feet this early in the day, but it’s the anthemic ‘American Pie’ and its numerous verses which really get the crowd animated. The crowd hang on his every word throughout and the atmosphere is buoyant and one indicative of what a great day of music this will be.

Who better to follow up an elderly Yank with a guitar and a backing band then a young English woman with a guitar and a backing band? Laura Marling ambles on stage nervously but automatically already has the crowd in the palm of her hands with her unique brand of folk, rock n’roll. Opener ‘Devils Spoke’ ensures that the set starts strongly, with the pounding drum beat and haunting vocals projecting beautifully across the fields of Avalon. Noticeably though, even though Marling can’t admit it she grows in confidence as the gig goes on culminating in a foot stamping finale to get even the harshest folk purist square dancing.

Occupying the mid-afternoon “Living Legend” spot this weekend is one half of American duo Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon. Simon admits straight off that he has a throat infection and sadly for the veteran singer songwriter it shows, as if the “2nd best to Dylan” comments weren’t enough, his big moment on the Pyramid Stage was ruined by illness, a shame if ever I’ve seen one. The hits aren’t out in abundance with Simon opting for more from his new record; however, an encore of ‘You Can Call Me Al’ you would think would be enough to save him. However even this cannot rescue the poor guy’s set and sadly the set ends not with a bang, but a whimper.

Out with the old then, and in with the new, rapper turned soul star Ben Drew (AKA Plan B) is up next and is introduced by a beat boxer. While a lot of these acts are often gimmicks to disguise weak sets etc. this one is anything but, it leaves me thinking if this is what he can do, what is ‘Plan B’s’ actual set going to be like. Nothing short of a master class, ‘Drew’ has the audience in his hands from the first note of ‘Prayin’ to the last screech of ‘Stay Too Long’. Big things lie ahead for the London born star and if he carries on at this pace there is no telling how big he could be.

For many my next decision would have been looked upon as mad, leaving the Pyramid Stage before Pendulum and Beyonce, you must be mad? Well sadly, the drum ‘n’ bass assault of the Aussies from Pendulum just wasn’t for me today and well while Beyonce is cool, who can resist the sleazy desert rock of Queens of the Stone Age?

So I headed to the John Peel Stage to catch Manchester born and bred Hurts. If you only can say one thing about these guys, it’s that they don’t do half measures. Arriving on stage with the band of two are, in order of height, a 7-foot tall opera singer, a drummer, guitarist, backing pianist, all female string section and two dancers with flags. All in black. Naturally. They burst into single ‘Wonderful Life’ and immediately the sheer power if their live show is apparent, Theo Hutchcraft stands statuesque for much of the performance but there are moments when the rock star within escapes, as he rampages around the stage thrashing the microphone stand from side to side. ‘Illuminated’ is as powerful as any U2 ballad and closer ‘Stay’ is a fitting end to one of the best sets of the weekend.

Next it’s off to the Other Stage to catch Leeds rockers Kaiser Chiefs, who are starting to look (not sound) more like a played down Who every passing day. They are here promoting their new record ‘The Future is Medieval’ and you can tell this without even looking at the backdrop, the hits are there but the frequent new tracks don’t give the set any fluency, so not even number 1 hit ‘I Predict a Riot’ and crowd live favourite ‘Oh My God’ can save there ailing set. New track ‘Little Shocks’ though is s a surprise, managing to sound slick and sexy. Yes: the Kaiser Chiefs, slick and sexy, whod’a thunk it eh?

Finally to close the weekend on the Pyramid Stage American r&b / pop behemoth Beyonce comes onstage to volley after volley of fireworks. On the Other Stage though for the rock purists the entry is incognito and Queens of the Stone Age (pictured at top), announce their arrival with ‘Feel Good Hit of the Summer’s’ trademark lyrics “nicotine, valium, Vicodin, marijuana, Ecstasy and alcohol!” Playing a set chosen by the Radio1 public means it’s all the way and every song turns into a crowdpleaser with some sherry mind-boggling riffing from giant frontman Josh Homme. The crowd hang on Homme’s every word and when it comes to hit ‘No One Knows’, he announces he wants Beyonce to feel this one in her bones. No doubt after a performance that good, she would have, and hey Zane Lowe chose these guys over her (read more here): they must have done something right.

 

Laura Marling / July 2011 Scottish Tour

 
By on Friday, 27th May 2011 at 9:30 am
 

Folk singer/songwriter Laura Marling will be playing a series of shows in Scotland in July.

Visit her official Web site for dates and times for when tickets on sale for individual dates.

Monday 18th July 2011 – Mull Aros Hall
Wednesday 20th July 2011 – Stornoway Lanntair
Thursday 21st July 2011 – Skye Aros Hall
Friday 22nd July 2011 – Banchory Woodend Barn
Monday 25th July 2011 – Orkney St. Magnus Cathedral
Tuesday 26th July 2011 – Inverness Ironworks

 

Review: Mercury Prize 2010

 
By on Tuesday, 7th September 2010 at 10:25 pm
 

When Lauren Laverne revealed the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominees in July, I was truly shocked by the lack of true ‘pop’ and the abundance of folk albums given a nod. Despite that, I was pretty happy to see several of the nominees up for the award in 2010 were we’ve featured here on TGTF. Just in case you haven’t heard, the winner of the Mercury Prize receives a hefty £20,000 prize.

Surprisingly (or not?) the Modfather himself Paul Weller and his 10th solo album ‘Wake Up the Nation’ made a late dash in the betting over the weekend before the awards. Rather unsurprisingly, the xx and their debut album ‘xx’, one of the heavy favourites to win from the get-go, continued to be heavily favoured.

Unlike last year, BBC Music News decided to go with a (possibly) clairvoyant rabbit named Matilda to do some prognostication before the big unveiling. This was no doubt in response to the winning reaction to Paul the psychic octopus living in a German aquarium who was 100% accurate in guessing all the winners for every match in the 2010 World Cup. Hours before the winner was announced, Matilda sniffed around the food bowl placed in front of Biffy Clyro‘s image but finally settled on Mumford and Sons. (Evidently, the BBC rabbit isn’t as good as the predictopus.)

Congratulations to the xx who won this year’s prize!

In case you missed them earlier, read Mary Beth’s earlier post for the 2010 nominees.

 

Mercury Prize 2010: TGTF Writer’s Choice

 
By on Monday, 6th September 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

Tomorrow night we will finally find out which album will be crowned the winner of the 2010 Mercury Prize. I’ve asked each of our writers to choose which album they think should win the gong this year, as well as which album they think was criminally absent from the 2010 shortlist. Hopefully you have watched the scene in the film ‘On the Waterfront’ where Marlon Brando says those iconic lines, “I coulda been a contendah! I coulda been somebody!” If not, watch this and you’ll get my meaning:

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Like all good music reviewers, we’re an opinionated bunch here at TGTF. Continue beyond the cut for our picks…

Continue reading Mercury Prize 2010: TGTF Writer’s Choice

 

EP Review: iTunes Festival, London 2010: Dharohar Project, Mumford and Sons and Laura Marling

 
By on Tuesday, 17th August 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

In December 2009, folk-favourites, Mumford and Sons and Laura Marling, both ventured out to India in order to meet and play with Rajasthani folk collective, Dharohar Project. This intriguing musical meeting went so very well that in June, Mumford and Marling decided to repay the favour, inviting Dharohar Project back over to England. This mystical journey between East and West ultimately spawned an EP (simply titled ‘Mumford Sons, Laura Marling and Dharohar Project’), which contained five collaborations between the three artists. Along with the EP, the troupe also hit the road, and performed two gigs in Bradford and London in July 2010. To celebrate, iTunes have released a further EP from the trio, which contains special live recordings from the London Roundhouse date. There Goes the Fear were granted special permission to hear the record this week, and to be frank, we couldn’t bloomin’ wait.

The record is as wonderful, exciting and mystical as you hope it would be. Mumford and Sons’ famous live energy – enjoyed so much at this year’s festival season – penetrates intensely through the speakers, as Marcus Mumford’s voice rumbles through the stomping crowd amid ‘The Cave’ and ‘Roll Away Your Stone‘. Laura Marling’s stage presence, meanwhile, is as captivating and strong as ever, as she spins her poetic tracks with a fiery attitude. Her striking voice kicks in all directions as she powers through ‘I Speak Because I Can’ and the incredible ‘Rambling Man’. Dharohar Project also have two solo spots on the EP. The tracks proving a truly spell bounding trip into the deeps of Delhi. The mind-blowing intricacy of the Rajasthani folk is dreamy, with the metallic twangs, hopping percussion and expressive vocals of ‘Mala Ramaniya’ and ‘Sakhiri Maha’ allowing for a wonderfully exotic contrast to the more familiar sounds of nu-folk.

The EP undoubtedly shines the most, however, amid the live collaborations between all three artists. Mumford and Son’s ‘To Darkness’ begins out sombre and heartbreaking, before launching into a energetic mass of Indian sounds swelling out across the Roundhouse. Dharohar Project and Mumford and Sons also join alongside Laura in order to perform ‘Devil’s Spoke’. An enchanting mix of Marling’s racy bluegrass sound with wisps of Indian strings, percussion and vocal makes this final track the true highlight of the EP.

To conclude, the connection between Dharohar Project, Mumford and Sons and Laura Marling is a truly beautiful one – one that flows so very naturally, too. This live EP is particularly outstanding as you are immersed in the passion, excitement and sheer joy aroused by the collaboration between these three artists – made notably evident by the delightful woops and claps from the lucky audience present at the gig. This EP is a true treat for the ears – I can’t recommend this magic enough.

 
 
 

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