Review: Beth Orton at London’s Union Chapel

Union Chapel Wednesday December 5th 2012


By Tony Hardy on December 7th, 2012 in Concert Reviews,

As impressive aurally and visually as it is, the Union Chapel can still be a daunting stage even for a seasoned performer. For an artist returning to tour her first album in six years without the comfort blanket of a backing band, any nerves were perhaps understandable. Beth Orton, though, had no reason to be fearful with husband Sam Amidon by her side and a largely middle-aged, home crowd of loyal fans. (Clearly most weren’t teenagers when Orton released her Trailer Park debut 16 years back.) A combination of this ultra-respectful crowd, content to offer their applause and at times call out requests between songs, and a cold night within and outside the Chapel soon added to the austere feel this building can sometimes lend to events.

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