A cold June night was not enough to keep the punters away from the Croxton Bandroom to see Beth Orton bring her trademark mix of trip-hop and folk back to Melbourne.

Opening for Orton was Vorhees, the Brooklyn native who warmed up the crowd with her beautiful wall of sound that was hard to believe came from one person.

Beth Orton was understated and beguiling, her voice created a mood similar to that of a female, latter-day Nick Cave, minus the violence. Orton held her space on stage with the same quiet strength that saturates her vocals. She expertly played keys, acoustic guitar and even bass (only her second attempt). The set spanned Orton’s entire career and went above and beyond expectations, holding the audience until the very end.

Orton finished the show with only a microphone and guitar, belting out a stripped back, raw rendition of Feel to Believe, with the audience joining in and then applauding her off stage.

Words and photography by Sean Fabre-Simmonds

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