Laura Marling: Tynemouth Priory – live review
7th July 2017
A spellbinding evening at the hands of a star studded line up in one of the most breathtaking venues around.
Every year when Mouth Of The Tyne festival comes around it always springs a few surprises, and this year is no different with three of the finest folk and Americana acts around descending on the most beautiful settings of Tynemouth Priory and Castle. This beautiful English Heritage site is packed tonight with a hugely diverse crowd as the wonderful Karen Elson takes to the stage, her delicate voice soon fills the grounds.
Her sweet songs sound-tracking this beautiful summers evening, the likes of Call Your Name and Come Hell Or High Water sound incredible. Her stripped back style is welcomed by the adoring crowd as they listen intently, this short set is the perfect way to open such a wonderful evening of music. From Elson’s beautiful blissed out tracks to a surprisingly upbeat set from King Creosote.
It’s extremely rare when you can describe King Creosote as the most upbeat act on the bill but tonight Kenny Anderson is in fine and jovial form, as he cracks jokes with the crowd. Whilst it’s a relatively downbeat opening it is bolstered by the likes of Wake Up To This and Love Life. These tracks really set the party atmosphere off, and it’s a rare but truly enjoyable set from Anderson and his band. It’s another set that is over all too soon this evening but they have certainly picked up the pace on this lovely evening.
As we bask in the last of the limited sunlight tonight’s headliner Laura Marling takes to the stage, with the sun setting in the background it’s a mixed set from her haunting earlier material to her more upbeat Americana sound. The early part focuses predominantly on her full band material with particular favourite being Wild Fire it’s a lot more ‘upbeat’ than we’ve come to expect from Marling. There’s a real excitement and enthusiasm to the track, it maintains the pace that King Creosote set.
The middle part of the set is where Marling really comes into her own though, as the band leave the stage her graceful tones taking to the fore alongside her powerful words. The likes of Song For Marty Stuart really shine through tonight you cannot help but be mesmerised by her. Even in such a large open space her stripped back sound really resonates. Adding to this a wonderful rendition of Towns Van Zandt’s For The Sake Of The Song before being joined again by her band.
The latter part of her set focusing particularly on her well known tracks like Sophia before ending on a passionate rendition of Rambling Man. Marling is on top form this evening with her haunting lyrics resonating around this grandiose venue, her performance is faultless this evening. In all Mouth Of The Tyne have once again put together another exceptional line up and this is only the festivals second day there is still a lot more in store!
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