Submitted by dogfacedboy on 2 August 2013 - 4:51pm
Old St Pancras Church, London
1st August 2013
It's quite fitting that Kathryn should perform a truly transcendental show in the holy surroundings of Old St Pancras Church when it's hotter than hell outside. This intimate show presented her new album 'Crown Electric' to a mix of fans, friends and press types. It was easily one of the most confident shows I have seen her give appearing rightly proud of the new songs she has produced. I had heard her play some of these in a couple of tiny warm up shows but the addition of guitarist Dave Saw plus strings arranged & played by Ben Trigg they really came alive. Sequins - a meditation on life and death was in turns funny and moving and by the middle 8 I was in tears. If the recorded version is anything like what we heard tonight its going to be one of the best songs she has recorded. Ed Harcourt, who co-wrote the song, bounded up from the audience to help on keys and harmonies. Only 4 of the songs in tonight's set would have been familiar but we greeted them all like old friends
Making impov'd hand fans from random objects to keep heat at bay. Soon took on the image of a Baptist church in the deep south (of the USA not London). Quiet, supportive, respectful & enthusiastic applauders. All very Pimms o'clock & Guardianista!
It made me think:
That I'm very happy that Kathryn has gone from someone who I've seen have panic attacks on stage to this confident, funny and powerful performer that we saw tonight. She's finally having as much fun as we are. The album can't arrive quick enough.