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Tag: Laura Marling

Thursday for Thought : The genius behind the cripplingly shy

by kranARI

LauraMarling_photo shoot

To my delight, folk singer / songwriter Laura Marling picked up the Brit for Best Female Solo Artist this year after being nominated for a Mercury Award two years in a row. So as I was doing some research on her, I stumbled upon some interviews she had done in the past and it occurred to me that perhaps this artist that I hugely admired might not be the artist I had envisioned to be. To say the least, she seemed at first glance to be shy, but even more than that, reserved and if I dare say so cold in her responses.

This sort of attitude unfortunately often comes across as removed and mysterious. To those however that are used to outgoing and warm individuals around them, people like Marling can seem aloof.

Laura+Marling_photo shoot

Today nonetheless I stand corrected. After reading this fascinating article dates back to last year in the Sunday Times, I finally have come to understand that this cold and awkward attitude of hers is due to nothing more than pure shyness. Dan Cairns, the interviewer states in his article :

The singer’s relationship with Noah and the Whale’s Charlie Fink ended, inspiring his band’s break-up album, last year’s The First Days of Spring. And Marling’s fear of death and her social unease, both of which she describes as “crippling”, began to loosen their grip.

On our snowbound walk in the country, shortly before her birthday, in between the pauses that seem to act as staging posts between reserve and candour, Marling tries to describe what this thawing felt like. Her words, when they come, do so in a rush, as if hurrying to squeeze through a briefly opened window of opportunity.

“Well, Nick Drake was painfully shy,” she begins. “He almost died of shyness, in a way. What I’ve figured out in the past couple of years is that you can be shy, but you can also step it up a notch and, you know, be on the level with people. I think the shyer, more insecure people, the really artistic ones, with loads of integrity, loads of pride, often get things done by being an arsehole. It might kill them inside, but that’s the only way they can do it. Everybody who is creative has that to an extent.” And that gave her licence? “I think I had it in my head that it was okay to not talk to anyone unless I needed to, and that I could get away with that.

But, actually, part of being a good human being is communication and respect. I think the point that I’m trying to make, trying to prove to myself, is that you can be good and kind and easy enough to be around without compromising your artistic integrity. Why did it take me so long to understand that?”

The interview took me back to uni, when I realised that a classmate of mine (we were in the same acting program) – never spoke to anyone unless she had to. I found her very peculiar at the time and found it very hard indeed to hold a conversation with her. However, through this crippling problem of hers came a ray of light every time she went onstage. It was like someone had turned on a switch to her soul and perhaps like Marling, was afraid of loosing that magic if she opened up to people in her personal life. The stage was her outlet, her life, her fire. What would happen if she suddenly started interacting with people and then her stage presence burned low?

Thankfully today, her immense talent still burns on and like Marling, she seems to have grown into her own skin and realises that social awkwardness and introversion was always to her more of a hinderance and a clutch rather than a true outlet.

Laura Marling_photo shoot

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Wicked Wednesday : So singers perform in Black Cabs Now?

by kranARI

BLACK CAB SESSIONS started back in 2007 and to tell you the truth, I accidentally ran across them by on my favourite video site, vimeo. The sessions are what they say they are – simply music sessions featuring excellent artists in the back of a black cab, usually showing London as their backdrop. Though I tried to contact the owners to get permission to post more artists’s music, no one ever got back to me so I’ve decided to post links in order to view and fully appreciate this amazing concept. Click on the names where there is no video to go to the official Black Cab Sessions site.

Warning: Music in Cabs can make you dizzy. Don’t day I didn’t warn! Mind your head…

Noah and the Whale

Au revoir Simone

Laura Marling

Bon Iver

St Vincent




Johnny Flynn

Johnny Flynn

VV Brown

VV Brown

Jay Jay Pistolet


Pete and the Pirates


Martha Wainwright


Mumford and Sons

Mumford & Sons

Noah and The Whale / Laura Marling

Noah And The Whale

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Tuesday Tunes : Folk and the city

by kranARI

A great article on London’s growing folk scene called Folk Music in the city is what inspired me to write this post. I wanted to fill all you folkies in on how big this music genre has become over the past three years and what better way to do it than to introduce you to some of my favourite folk artists. If you want to see them live, I would sign up for their newsletters by clicking on their names below (this will take you straight to their official website) or you can check out this fab site – For Folk’s Sake – that has all the up and coming news on artists and gig reviews. Hope you enjoy.


noah and the whale with laura marling

These were the good old times when Laura Marling was a member of Noah and the Whale, not that their music has any less value now, but there was a certain sweetness to their band – four boys and a girl play 5 years time.


laura marling

Laura Marling wrote New romantic after breaking up with Noah and the Whale’s Charlie Fink. She then went on to become a solo act and is now dating Mumford and sons frontman Marcus Mumford. Seems like we’ve got a bit of folk incest going on here. For more information on Laura click on this previous links on the blog for Feature Friday : Laura Marling.


mumford and sons

Mumford and Sons have really taken off this year as you might have noticed with their massive posters covering the walls of several London underground stations. I experienced them for the first time at the Fee Fie Foe Fum Christmas Party along with a bunch of other folk bands including the following Peggy Sue and Jay Jay Pistolet.  I was blown away.  Here they sing Little Lion Man.



You can catch Peggy Sue’s live music on my Ray-Bans Balcony Sessions article and to supplement that I have for you here yet another awesome live performance of Watchman.


Jay Jay Pistolet

I’ll let Jay Jay Pistolet speak for himself and his music in this following clip where you can get a taster of his music . Here he is taped singing Happy Birthday You.

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