Beth Orton, Union Chapel, N1 – Evening Standard review

Union Chapel Wednesday Decemder 5th 2012

By David Smyth – London Evening Standard

It can be tough for women to readjust to working life after maternity leave, especially when you’ve been off for six years like Beth Orton has.

Now 41, with two children and a husband, Sam Amidon, who was also her duetting partner and support act here, she found she had been missed by a crowd that shouted so many requests that individual titles were inaudible in the clamour.

Though at the start of her career she and her acoustic guitar were lauded by the dance crowd — she collaborated with William Orbit and The Chemical Brothers — these days she’s a full-on folkie, opting to perform a set featuring most of the songs from her comeback album, Sugaring Season, alone. The occasional problem with the sound was lightened by her chirpy between-song persona. “I don’t mean to be a diva,” she joked.

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