A Pictorial Report
I was very pleased to hear she was coming to The Sage and immediately snapped up a couple of front row tickets.
The tour is to promote the new CD, 'Leave Your Sleep'. Her first for seven years, it is based around an extraordinary concept of putting the words from 19th and 20th Century British and American poets to her own music.
The first 90 minutes of the show focused entirely on the new material. Each song was preceded by a short history lesson on each of the featured poets, complete with photos, displayed on a big screen.
The set list for the main part of the show:
No One Marries Me
Land Of Nod
The Man In The Wilderness
Sailor O Sailor
Maggie and Milly and Molly and May
Vain and Careless
Crying, My Little One
Spring and Fall
The first encore brought forth an excellent selection of songs from earlier albums.
(I'm open to correction here, both in the content and running order)
Life is Sweet
San Andreas Fault
Break Your Heart
Kind and Generous
It was an amazing evening, lasting around two hours and 20 minutes. Bewitching, mesmerising and an unforgettable experience.
Here's some of the pictures I took, which will hopefully convey a little of the extraordinary atmosphere...
Here's a sample of a show similar to the one we saw, courtesy of TED: http://www.ted.com/
Many wonders await you in Natalie Merchant's back catalogue. There's no better place to start than her official website: