Review: Beth Orton at London’s Union Chapel

Union Chapel Wednesday December 5th 2012

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

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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