Mary Lattimore Lets Her Harp Shine At Girlschool THOUGHTS+PHOTOS: MARY LATTIMORE @ GIRLSCHOOL 2/3/18
Unless I’m attending an orchestral event, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a concert where a harp was utilized as an integral part of a band. At Girlschool, however, I was able to see a harp featured not once, but twice!
I had no idea who Mary Lattimore was before I saw her take the stage next to her harp at Girlschool. Funny thing is, I’ve actually heard her play before, I just didn’t know it was her.
Mary is a very accomplished harpist. While sleuthing online to learn more about her, I pulled up her Discogs profile, and discovered that I actually own a bunch of albums that she has apparently played on. Thurston Moore’s “Demolished Thoughts”? I have that album. Sharon Van Etten’s “Are We There”? Mary’s on basically every song. Every Kurt Vile album I have? I’m pretty sure Mary’s on every single one of them.
To get to see and hear Mary gracefully perform her solo material at Girlschool was glorious. Maybe it was the spotlight that beamed through the strings of her instrument, but that stark imagery paired with her beautiful compositions was pretty damn heavenly, and was, in my opinion, the most sophisticated musical act of the weekend.
— Derrick K. Lee (@methodman13) February 19, 2018