Beth Orton

EMMA LEE "I am wearing my home coming queen dress. You like?" asked former Norfolk girl Beth Orton as she stepped out on stage at Norwich's UEA. An understated picture of elegance, her outfit for the occasion comprised a glamorous retro silver and black striped dress and knee high boots.

EMMA LEE

"I am wearing my home coming queen dress. You like?" asked former Norfolk girl Beth Orton as she stepped out on stage at Norwich's UEA last night.

An understated picture of elegance, her outfit for the occasion comprised a glamorous retro silver and black striped dress and knee high boots.

"You're lovely" an eager fan in the audience shouted.

And if one word had to sum up last night's show, it would be lovely.

During her set she played favourites from the albums Trailer Park, Central Reservation and Daybreaker.

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She was backed by a six-piece band, which included a double bass, violin and cello, which managed to replicate and embellish the complexity of the sound on her records.

As the band struck up the opening cords to a spine tingling rendition of Central Reservation the audience clapped in unison and roared their approval.

Other highlights were a breathless romp to the track Stolen Car and an emotive She Cries Your Name.

Her voice is even more powerful live than on record. She effortlessly swooped between the high and low notes and Central Reservation shows it at its best.

She was clearly at ease, bantering with her captivated fans — she was so laid back it was like she was chatting to a friend. At one point she shared with the crowd how awe-struck she was at playing the UEA when she had seen so many people she admired playing on the very same stage.

"I knew Norwich would be the best show of the tour," she said, much to the delight of the crowd.

 

 

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