LM's touring band currently consists of one, some or all of the following musicians...
Graham 'Grazzly' Brown - double bass
Ruth de Turberville - cello / backing vocals
Marcus Hamblett - banjo / trumpet / + many more
Matt Ingram - drums / backing vocals
Pete Roe - piano / organ / backing vocals
Laura Beatrice Marling (born 1 February 1990) is a folk musician from Eversley in Hampshire, England. Initially prominent within the London folk scene, she has also toured with a number of well-known indie artists in the UK. Her sound is characterised by striking melodies and poetic lyricism. Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim and her second album I Speak Because I Can have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008 and 2010 respectively. She won Best Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards.
Marling was born in Hampshire, England and learned guitar at an early age. Her father, who ran a recording studio, introduced her to folk music. She was educated at Leighton Park School, a private Quaker school in Reading, Berkshire. She suffered crippling social unease and fear of death in her early years.
Marling was part of the original line-up of indie folk band Noah and the Whale and was romantically linked with singer/guitarist Charlie Fink. She is featured as a background vocalist on their debut album Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down; however, she left the group before the album's 2008 release and split up with Fink that same year. She also appeared on The Rakes track "Suspicious Eyes", from the band's 2007 album Ten New Messages, credited as 'Laura Marlin'. Marling would later collaborate with Mystery Jets, contributing guest vocals to the single "Young Love", released 10 March 2008.
She was personally invited to tour with Jamie T after he attended her second-ever solo gig. She has also toured with a number of other musicians from the UK and beyond, including Adam Green from the anti-folk band The Moldy Peaches. She performed at the 2007 O2 Wireless Festival and also performed at the first Underage Festival in August 2007 at Victoria Park, East London, before releasing her debut EP "London Town" on WayOutWest Records.
Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim was released on 4 February 2008, and later nominated for the 2008 Mercury Prize. The album, as well as subsequent singles, were released on Virgin Records. The third and final single from her album, "Night Terror" was released on 27 October 2008, coinciding with a 6-date "Night Terror tour".
Marling's television appearances include The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Later With Jools Holland, performing "Ghosts" and "New Romantic" respectively. In 2008 she appeared on Russell Brand's Radio 2 show alongside her sister. She once chose to perform on the street after being denied entry to one of her own performances for being underage.
The follow-up to Alas I Cannot Swim, titled I Speak Because I Can, was released on 22 March 2010. Produced by Ethan Johns, the album has a more mature sound and lyricism, dealing with "responsibility, particularly the responsibility of womanhood." The album is preceded by the singles "Goodbye England (Covered in Snow)", released on iTunes in December 2009 and "Devil's Spoke" on 15 March 2010. On 28 March 2010, I Speak Because I Can entered the UK Albums Chart at Number 4. It was also nominated for the 2010 Mercury Music Prize.
2008' Cross Your Fingers
2008' Night Terror
2010' Devil's Spoke
2010' Rambling Man
2010' Blues Run the Game
2007' My Manic and I
2007' The London Town
2008' Live in London
2008' Alas I Cannot Swim
2010' I Speak Because I Can
Cross Your Fingers & Crawled Out of the Sea
New Romantic (Live at Later with Jools Holland 2007)
Ghosts (Live at The Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2008)
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