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'I was never in any danger of being wildly popular' - Laura Marling

As Laura Marling releases her seventh album, the 30-year-old songsmith reveals how an alt-folk side project helped her reset - and how she wishes she had the confidence of the new crop of young female artists

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Virtual lessons: Marling is using Instagram to give weekly guitar tutorials. Photo by Justin Tyler Close

Virtual lessons: Marling is using Instagram to give weekly guitar tutorials. Photo by Justin Tyler Close

Virtual lessons: Marling is using Instagram to give weekly guitar tutorials. Photo by Justin Tyler Close

It is a sunny, warm spring day in London and Laura Marling is in her garden contemplating how coronavirus has changed everything. "It is so much quieter," she notes and, sure enough, there's virtually no hint of the outside world during our FaceTime interview. You would not know she was residing in one of the world's busiest cities.

The lockdown has been easier for her than most, she reasons. "I'm used to being by myself, and spending time away working on my music. But I am worried for my relatives, especially my parents and aunts."

Like virtually every professional musician on the planet, Marling has had to adjust to not being on the road, playing her songs. She has a wonderful new album and had lined up a tour to promote it. All the shows have been cancelled.