Laura Marling brings 'Once I Was An Eagle' to Hollywood cemetery

The singer-songwriter played tracks from her new album in Los Angeles last night

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Laura Marling last night (May 21) played material from her forthcoming new album, 'Once I Was An Eagle', at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

The British singer-songwriter, who currently lives in LA, played a sold-out show at the Masonic Lodge in the graveyard grounds, opening with the seamless four-songs-in-one which starts off her new album, encompassing 'Take The Night Off', 'I Was An Eagle', 'You Know' and 'Breathe'. "That's a long opener, so I hope none of you needed the bathroom or anything," she joked after the playing the tracks.

Marling later commented on how much time she was taking to tune her guitar throughout the evening, saying: "Since I made that smart-arse decision not to bring a guitar tech on tour, I'd say tuning is 15 per cent of my show."

Marling also played 'Master Hunter', 'Little Bird', 'Love Be Brave' and 'Saved These Words' from her eagerly-awaited fourth LP, which is due for release on May 27. Despite admitting that she wasn't talking to the crowd much – "Sorry, I haven't said much, nothing exciting happened today," she said to laughs – the singer was actually on rather talkative form, chuckling as she misjudged the opening of a track and telling a story about a recent show in Seattle where her guitar strap broke as soon as she went onstage.

Performing solo, a hushed, reverent audience greeted Marling while she played, but they whooped and cheered after every song.

Yesterday it was announced that Laura Marling will stage a series of "immersive" live shows in London next month. Marling has joined forces with Secret Cinema – who stage themed 'live' movie nights – to bring to life 'Once I Was An Eagle'. The shows will take place from June 13-21 in a secret east London location.

Tickets go on sale May 23 at 1pm [BST]. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page. Artists and musicians are being invited to help "build the world" of the album by contacting

Laura Marling played:

'Take The Night Off'
'I Was An Eagle'
'You Know'
'Master Hunter'
'Little Bird'
'Love Be Brave'
'I Speak Because I Can'
'Rambling Man'
'What He Wrote'
'Saved These Words'

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