Being the first artist in the North Carolina Arts Council’s In the Water series was special for harpist Mary Lattimore, a Tar Heel State native whose filmed performance of “It Feels Like Floating” from the session is premiering below.
“I really loved being invited to participate, especially to get to play the first one of the series,” Lattimore, who grew up in Shelby, N.C., says. Even better was that In the Water performance, part of the NCAC’s year-long Come Hear NC campaign, took place at the historic Happy Valley Chapel of Rest church in Polkville, where her family has a farm. “It was a church my mom had always wanted to go to, and she’s a harpist too, so I got to bring her along with me for the shoot,” says the classically educated Lattimore, who’s known for her work with Arcade Fire, Thurston Moore and Kurt Vile, among others. “It was really cool to go there with her, and the whole thing just felt really cozy.”
Lattimore’s solo performance took place during April and will be featured on the Come Hear NC website and YouTube channel. Future performances are planned at other venues by Rhiannon Giddens, Rapsody, Vanessa Ferguson and the Mountain Goats. Lattimore, meanwhile, leaves for Europe on Aug. 8 for a five-week tour that includes her first performances in Russia. Then she’s touring the Midwest with Meg Baird, with whom she released the album Ghost Forests last year.
“Harp has a lot of potential for exploration,” says Lattimore, who will start recording her next solo album in January. “I keep learning and keep growing and trying new stuff, experimenting with different people and trying different kinds of sounds. That’s what I hope to do for the rest of my life, so I’m excited for the future.”