Bristol Thelka review

Review: Thelka, Bristol 7th December 2012

By Mike Harley

Beth Orton has a voice that can make grown men cry.

There’s a fragility and beauty to her sound that can unnerve and soothe in equal measure. Since the critically adored ‘Trailer Park’ album in 1996, she has had a solid run of success with four further well-received folk-tronic efforts and she arrives in Bristol following a six-year break. In truth it is a little odd seeing the much publicised ‘comedown queen’ kicking off the weekend but even with whipper-snapper Ellie Goulding selling out over the road, Beth’s brand of electronica-alt-folk proves a big draw as she plays a stripped-down and intimate acoustic set.

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