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Tuesday 09 October 2012

It's Sugaring Season For Beth Orton As She Escapes Domesticity For The Spotlight

It's been a while, well six years to be precise. But then Beth Orton has always been tightly tied to her emotions and ever changing moods. There again, her new album, Sugaring Season, is a sweeter-than-expected treat considering that many of us feared she was forevermore lost to domesticity.


“I had no preconceptions about motherhood; ­ really I had no idea what it would be like. And to begin with, I think it overwhelmed me,” said Orton.

Back in 2006, when her last album, Comfort Of Strangers, left its mark as the product of a somewhat frazzled creative creature, Orton’s well catalogued hedonistic lifestyle was about to change as single-motherhood and the loss of her mother beckoned.

Sugaring Season also says farewell to the collaborative dance beats that so beautifully bedded her folk tales captured on her career defining album, Trailer Park.



The much missed Scottish folk icon Bert Jansch was the major influence on Orton’s new material.

“Even before Trailer Park, I had this fantasy that Bert would play guitar on my album. ‘His sound is so modern and yet it’s clearly not.”

The title of Sugaring Season is a reference to the time of year when maple trees are tapped for syrup.

"It takes a lot of sap to make a little bit of syrup," she explains.



"But what makes the flow are these long, cold nights alternating with those ever so slightly warmer days – beauty and melancholy mixed together – and after that, that's when the sweetness comes."

All of her recent releases are 'carbon neutral', whereby a tree is planted in a poor area of Mexico for every certain amount of units produced, to offset the emissions generated when pressing the CDs and other marketing paraphernalia.

Beth Orton plays St George's Church, Kemp Town, Brighton, on Friday 30th November. For tickets CLICK HERE.
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by: Mike Cobley


   

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Following a well received  headline show at this summer's Songlines Festival, Grammy-winner Dobet Gnahoré returns with fourth album Na Drê and a specially-commissioned show featuring her band and African dancers.
Young people all over Brighton are being given the chance to take part in a memorable and educational cinematic experience as part of the Into Film Festival - the world's biggest youth film festival - when it comes to cinemas across the region.
Local resident  and comedian Jim Moir (better known as Vic Reeves), wife Nancy and daughters Lizzy and Nellie, had a wild experience in South Africa recently, when they flew out to the Shamwari Game Reserve with international wildlife charity, The Born Free Foundation.
After twenty years in Everything But The Girl, and ten years as a respected DJ and record label boss of Buzzin' Fly, Ben Watt announced last year he was parking everything to complete two long-planned creative solo projects. 

Bradley Wiggins will defend his title and compete in this year's Tour of Britain cycle race, which arrives in Brighton on 13th September.
The International Ocean Film Festival at Brighton Dome originates from the team behind the Banff Mountain Film Festival and  promises a sublime cinematic journey above and below the waves.
The city's teachers may have been officially off duty from their classrooms for the past six weeks, but many of them have been keeping themselves busy by volunteering their time over the summer for Young City Reads, Brighton's citywide reading initiative for primary school children.
Former England Rugby Sevens captain and Brighton College pupil, Ollie Phillips is encouraging people to tackle dementia by signing up to Alzheimer's Society's Brighton and Hove Memory Walk on 4th October.
Brighton singer Jo Harman has won the Female Vocalist of the Year at the British Blues Awards. She was nominated as one of the finalists by a wide ranging committee of industry experts, with the final decision going to public vote.
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