FolkWorld #53 03/2014
© David Hintz

Ancient Psyche Folk Days

Marian McLaughlin @ DC9, Washington DC - 16 Jan 2014.

I am back to my home away from home in recent days known better as the DC9. They have some hot bookings and tonight's show has another sizable crowd that has made an excellent choice. This was a special show as Marian McLaughlin's self released album is out--click on the link here for a preview.

I have always enjoyed her highly individual approach to folk music, as she has her creative spark drawing the ether from such vast time periods from the ancient psyche folk days of Vashti Bunyan and Mary-Anne (Patterson) to the modern renaissance.

There was a great large crowd filled with a lot of friends to celebrate the event, but also with newer fans that have picked on the high quality songs in her repertoire. Tonight was extra special, as not only did she have her double bassist with her, but also a second guitarist on a couple of songs, violin and cello for half the set, and even some brass.

The arrangements were excellent, especially in the way the strings alternated atmospheric support to high impact bursts of emphasis (especially on 'Horse'). Everything worked splendidly tonight and hopefully this will be one further step in expanding her audience.

Marian McLaughlin may be not completely of our time, but there is a place and a lot of music lovers that should be taking the journey here.

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Photo Credits: (1) Marian McLaughlin (unknown/from website).

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