Beth Orton at Celtic Connections 2018 review and photographs by Pauline Keightley
Short stories with some beautiful sounds
Beth Orton the Brit award-winning, English singer-songwriter, known for her fusion of folk and electronica sounds (folktronica), performed a concert at the O2 ABC at Celtic Connections 2018.
She played guitar and was backed by Grey McMurray, on electronic keys, guitar and bass. During her set she was brightly back lit which produced a surreal atmospheric mood.
Beth used her strong voice to tell her story to sonic effect, and took her voice wide, introspective and reflective. She sang songs from her 2016 album ‘Kidstick’ – which is full of imagery and one word song titles such as ‘Moon,’ ‘Snow’, ‘Wave’, ‘Downstar’ and the teardrops of ‘Petals.’ She also sang popular tracks from her past catalogue, ‘Call me by My Name’, ‘Only a Dream Away’ and ‘All in Time’.
She appeared shy and unassuming while her voice was strong, hypnotic, mesmerising and reassuring. Her lyrics are detailed and her experience flows through her songs. The electronic beats, rhythms and sways perfectly complemented her expressive voice. Many fans had travelled for her Celtic Connections gig and were hugely appreciative of her set. Beth apologized for swearing at one point, which seemed incongruously at odds with her soft thoughtful vibe!
The depth of Laura Marling folk meets blues and electro beats. I enjoyed both her songs and voice – I was new to Beth and I am now a fan – worth checking out! Orton collaborated with the Chemical Brothers and won a Brit award for her 1996 album ‘Central Reservation’. In 2016 Orton released her sixth solo album to critical acclaim. Her music has soundtracked American TV shows.
She was well supported by the Scots Celtic soul voice of Blue Rose Code and his band, who opened the concert.
Review and Photo Pauline Keightley – http://pkimage.co.uk/
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