KT Tunstall at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 13th November 2013.
With support from Billy Lockett.
Kate Victoria Tunstall, the Scottish singer-songwriter better known as KT Tunstall, I thank you for a truly mesmerising performance in the splendour that is Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Opening the show with ‘Carried’ and ‘Old Man Song’ from her new album ‘Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon’, KT was soon telling her fans how she recorded the tracks in Arizona, America –too hot a place for most Scottish people according to KT.
It’s nearly ten years since she broke into the public eye with a live solo performance of her song ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’ on ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ and tonight, armed only with a guitar, piano and loop pedal, KT showed she is an established performer, with a dedicated fan base who love everything that she does. Yes, her trademark loop pedal, mixing layers of beats with her own harmonising vocals, was put to full effect throughout the set and when playing ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’ this energetically morphed into ‘Seven Nation Army’ by the White Stripes closely followed with an incredible cover of ‘Default’ by KT’s favourite band of the moment Atoms for Peace.
KT also announced tonight she was releasing a little book of poetry and explained how the song ‘Yellow Flower’ from tonight’s set started out as a poem. Overall, an awesome night of acoustic music from this incredibly talented and feisty folk-rocker, with plenty of witty banter littering the spaces between songs.
Support for the night came from the Northamptonshire singer Billy Lockett who brought his own brand of infectious acoustic music to Birmingham. The Radio 1 favourite warmed up the audience with a brilliant opening act full of real charisma and managed to fill this illustrious venue with a set of wonderful acoustic ballads and catchy acoustic-folk songs combined with warm, rich vocals.
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Words and pictures by Stephen Turner