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Music review: Laura Marling, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Whether by accident or design, there’s a sense of great aloneness about the Laura Marling live experience. She stands in the centre of the Usher Hall’s large stage, picked out by a spotlight and with only an interchangeable pair of acoustic guitars for comfort. Not even the usual buzzing fly presence of a guitar technician offers some respite. For reasons she “won’t go into”, she no longer travels with one, which means her shows are “pretty much fifteen percent tuning now. It’s all included in the ticket price.” Yet a stylistic aloneness doesn’t mean loneliness, and we’re very conscious of being one of the nearly three thousand-strong capacity crowd here with her, watching and listening intently.

Irish Open triumph is so sweet for Paul Casey

Paul Casey mastered difficult conditions to hit a five-under-par 67 and claim the Irish Open by three shots yesterday, securing his first European Tour victory in over two years.

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