KT Tunstall in Shepherd’s Bush

From the outset KT Tunstall’s delight at the Shepherds Bush Community Beat-Box, in bringing us good songs new and old was tangible. The crowd visibly enjoyed the new tunes, smiling and singing along. Moving to California has breathed a new edge into her song writing. Her life has changed. KT Tunstall has embraced this and produced musical rubies from the thick layer of dust life often leaves behind. ‘It took me so long’ was an ode to her new season of life. ‘Maybe it’s a Good Thing’ certainly was a good thing to hear. The subtlety and unity of her band was quite brilliant and perfectly showcased her songs. One of the highlights was when band member Solomon Dorsey sang the part James Bay recorded for the song ‘Two way’. Other highlights included ‘On the other side’. We all loved the ‘Hold on/Walk like an Egyptian’ mash up. ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’ still sounds as fresh as when we first heard it on that seminal appearance on the Jools Holland show. Is it really over a decade ago? Beautiful seems to be the watch word for the evening. A beautiful venue and a big back catalogue of crafted heartfelt songs. She realistically embraces the joy and pain of life in her music.‘Saving my Face’ is a modern morality tale in a song. Perhaps the most poignant moment of the night for me was hearing ‘Invisible Empire’ Last time I saw KT Tunstall in concert was in San Diego, many years ago. I spent ages talking to her band on a street corner in the Gaslight district. She has always had great talent and just keeps getting better. It was a privilege to see her at ease and confident doing what she was called to do This gig was so joyful and energetic. It was also raw and personal. There was a real sense of community, acknowledged in songs like ‘Kin’ and we enjoyed being part of the Shepherds Bush Community Beat-Box. ‘You have to be at the gig’ was a very appropriate closing thought. kttunstall

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