2010.01.12 - Beth plays the Largo


Beth kicked off a brief U.S. solo tour with a 90-minute set at the Largo at Coronet

Before she'd even played a note, she announced that she was "recovering from something dreadful," Later, following
a rendition of "Central Reservation," the title track from her 1999 album, she elaborated, explaining that until the
night before she'd been on her deathbed thanks to a nasty case of walking pneumonia -- also known, she added, as the
boogie-woogie flu.

A "whacking great" antibiotic had prevented her cancelling, but remnants of her illness lingered; several times she was
forced to stop in the middle of a song for a ladylike coughing fit.

She responded to a fan's request for her song "Concrete Sky" with the admission that she didn't remember how to play it. 
halfway through a cover of the Five Stairsteps' "Ooh Child" that she'd forgotten to attach a capo to her guitar.
"Your enthusiasm is waning," she said. "I can hear it."

She brought out Gillian Welch for a lovely rendition of an untitled new song, Beth gushed that she was so excited to play
with Welch that she'd awakened early despite the fact that with her daughter at home with her grandparents, she might've
taken the opportunity to sleep in.

She also played "Conceived" -- from her most recent album, "Comfort of Strangers" -- and another unreleased tune that
evoked the ruminative West Coast folk-pop of Joni Mitchell's "Blue."





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