English singer-songwriter Laura Marling may not be a household name in the US quite yet – but for the nu-folk prodigy it’s still early days. Marling will be performing at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market on June 26, and the show promises to bring her winsome folk melodies to this side of the Atlantic.
Marling first embarked on her musical career in 2006, at the age of 16, when she moved to London and became part of the ‘Nu-Folk’ scene that also launched Noah And The Whale and Mumford & Sons. In fact, Marling has been romantically linked to the lead singers of both bands, but it’s her solo albums that have truly made her name. Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim was released in 2008 – when Marling was still only 18 – and since then she’s released three albums, two of which have been nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. Her latest album, 2011’s A Creature I Don’t Know, won her the Best Female Solo Artist prize at that year’s Brit Awards.
As for the music itself… well, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Marling was a hardened veteran of the folk scene. Her tunes and melodies are steeped in atmosphere and tradition, while her voice is as naturally emotive as any I’ve heard. While she may not have any hit singles to pull in the crowds, you can guarantee that her performance will be spellbinding from start to finish, and the Showbox performance should be the perfect chance to catch her before she’s catapulted to fame this side of the Atlantic too.
Laura Marling will perform at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market on Tuesday June 26, 2012. Doors open at 7.00pm, and this is an all ages show; support comes from Willy Mason. Tickets cost $20 in advance from the Showbox website, or $22 on the day.
For a taste of what Marling is capable of, check out this video of her singing ‘The Muse’ on Live From Abbey Road: