Laura Marling at The Olympia Theatre – Review
She stood a sole figure on the stage at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on Sunday evening and as graceful as ever, Laura Marling wowed the crowd with a short set, maybe too short but outstanding all the same.
Support on the night came from another lone presence in Nick Mulvey. Former Portico Quartet member Mulvey left the band to pursue a solo career back in 2011 and is finally reaping the rewards of the decision supporting LM on her current tour. Softly sung Mulvey, impressed with songs from his current EP Fever to the Form and a couple of covers including an impressive rendition of Gillian Welch’s Look At Miss Ohio before finishing his set with the title track of the aforementioned EP.
Arriving on stage just after 9, the former Noah & The Whale singer immediately delved into the opening medley of her latest album Once I was an Eagle with the songs Take the Night Off, I Was an Eagle and You Know. It was quite an eerie night, the crowd was quiet as a family of mice at the all seated sell out show, but Marling was in a bright mood even sharing some jokes with some of the concert-goers.
Continuing on the night with two title tracks from previous albums, I Speak Because I Can and Alas I Cannot Swim before returning to newer material in Once and Where Can I Go.
Just before 10pm and after not even a full hour on stage, she announces that the next song was to be the final of the evening with many presuming that there would of course be an encore. She soon expelled that thought by exclaiming that she unfortunately does not perform encores and proceeded with Saved These Words to top the night off.
It was a disappointing end to a truly memorable gig. Still hard to believe at only 23 she has had 3 studio albums certified gold and no doubt the latest offering will soon follow.
Review by Pat Byrne