Amazingly, it's been nearly 20 years since Beth Orton elbowed all the Britpoppers and trip-hoppers to one side to make way for her 'folktronica', a cunning blend of acoustic folk music with the irresistibly modern sounds of electronica.
The label has served her well but has threatened, at times, to overshadow the indisputable talents of a wonderful songwriter. In fact, her last studio record, 2006's Comfort of Strangers, was a distinct move away from those earlier, defining sounds and into more traditional folk. Which means it has now been a decade since Orton's last folktronica album, the No 10 hit Daybreaker. Her fourth record, and widely considered her best to date, Daybreaker helped Orton to a BRIT nomination for Best British Female Singer and also collected a Best Album nom at the Q Awards.
Into 2012 and, having turned 40 in the meantime, Beth Orton is working on her sixth studio record. Whether it will see a return to the folktronica motifs of yesteryear or a more evolved, mature, folk sound remains to be seen. But you will not have to wait too long to find out.
Beth Orton's late autumn 2012 tour kicks off in Sheffield on 27th November, followed by dates in London, Nottingham, Bristol, Manchester and Southsea, before the final show at Oran Mor in Glasgow on 13th December. The London gig is at the Union Chapel in Islington on 5th December.
We have tickets available now for most dates except Sheffield and Islington, which go on sale at 9am on Friday 6th July. Prices start at around £20.