Beth doesn’t mind the musical gap

Beth Orton, in Sheffield Nov 27
Beth Orton, in Sheffield Nov 27

Popular singer-songwriter Beth Orton, whose music effortlessly bridges the gap between folk and electronica, is performing one of just four live dates in Sheffield.

Orton’s stunning sixth album Kidsticks, which came out in 2016, was co-produced with experimental electronic noise merchant Andrew Hung.

She started working with Andy when he did a mix of a track off her 2014 album, Sugaring Seasons.

She said: “We went into a friend’s studio in their garden in LA where I was living at the time and we just started making music together.

“He put a keyboard in front of me and I started playing it and he would change the sounds and it was just sweet then things went from there.

“He left after about 10 days and I continued working to what was pretty simple four-bar loops just when I could – I was also doing a Central Reservation anniversary tour and bits and pieces at the end of Sugaring Season – but as it went along I was writing songs to these four-bar loops and I just felt there was something really special and I got pretty deep into it.

“I’d send stuff back to Andy in England and a record started to grow very naturally without there being any preconceived idea of what it should be.”

She earned a Mercury nomination back in 1996 with her first album Trailer Park and won the Brit Award for Best British Female Artist with the follow-up, Central Reservation.

Throughout her career, Beth has consistently challenged perceptions of her music, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with musicians and producers as diverse as Four Tet, Terry Callier, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Marr and Nick Cave.

Beth Orton is at Plug next Thursday, February 8.