Brit Award winner Laura Marling heading to Wrexham for intimate gig

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Jamie Bowman

It’s not often a Brit Award winner heads for Wrexham for a show but this March gives fans of folk singer Laura Marling a rare opportunity to see the acclaimed songwriter in the intimate surroundings of Central Station.

The short run of solo dates follows Marling’a previously announced full-band Spring tour and sees the 26-year-old promise to go “journeying on roads slightly less traveled”.

Marling’s debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim, her second album I Speak Because I Can, and her fourth album Once I Was an Eagle were each nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, 2010, and 2013, respectively and she won the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards before being nominated for the same award at the 2012, 2014 and 2016 Brit Awards.

Her Wrexham date coincides with the release of her sixth album, Semper Femina, through her own More Alarming Records/Kobalt Music Recordings. The record, produced by US musician/producer Blake Mills, has been trailed by two tantalising new tracks, Soothing and Wild Fire.

Marling unveiled her new album last year, revealing that it intends to “address questions of how society views sexuality and gender but without seeking to provide definitive answers”.

“I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman, and then I thought; ‘it’s not a man, it’s me’,” she said of the record.

“I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy, or the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them, and by proxy, towards myself.”

Laura Marling plays Wrexham Central Station on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7pm. Tickets cost £16.50 and are available from www.seetickets.com or by calling 0871 220 0260.

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