The Verse’s Kate Horrobin tells us what she thought of KT Tunstall’s performance on Thursday 10th November at the Brighton Dome.
From the moment she ran on stage in her silver Ziggy Stardust trousers, KT Tunstall’s masterful performance made it easy to forget she was playing at intimate Brighton Dome. KT has a Freddie-Mercury-esque presence in her command of the stage. It seems she could be playing to a much larger crowd at a much larger venue. She is charismatic and endearing; her banter with the audience about love, sex and Donald Trump made the concert more than just a musical performance.
Tunstall collaborated with pop star and friend James Bay to record ‘Two Way’, from the new album Kin. She successfully managed to trick her crowd into thinking that Bay would make a surprise appearance. We were surprised, a little disappointed and bemused when guest star James Bay actually turned out to be KT’s new guitarist and keyboard player Solomon Dorsey. Although not Bay, Dorsey nailed the performance.
KT treated the crowd to new tracks ‘Kin’ and ‘It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am’, offering an insight into her musical career’s journey since releasing debut album ‘Eye To The Telescope’ in 2004. The album catapulted the humble Scottish singer into the nation’s spotlight and she shared that her simple, honest cathartic solution is rooted in nature. Strongly advocating that every now and again everybody should go and ‘take a look at a tree’.
Tunstall didn’t disappoint her old fans – playing track favourites that got her there: ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’ and ‘Suddenly I See’. It was surprising to see despite KT playing to a sit down audience, these tracks got everybody up and dancing. Especially ‘Black Horse and the Cherry Tree’ when it turned in to a rendition of ‘Seven Nation Army’. And not not only that, but ‘Seven Nation Army’ played with a kazoo.
KT Tunstall is a master in what she does. Brave, charming and quirky, she forms her own style and occupies her own unique space in the music industry. The new album encapsulates feelings of home. As the first album since her recent move to America, it reminds you not to forget where you came from, and how you got there. After her three song encore her final, resonating words were ‘until next time Brighton’. We sure hope that’s not long.