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Beth Orton

Embellishing her melodic, acoustic folk-flavoured songs with a love of techno and dance music, Beth Orton's collaborations with the likes of Chemical Brothers and William Orbit virtually invented a style that became known as "folktronica". Orphaned when she was 19, Orton went to acting school, toured the UK with a fringe theatre group and lived with Buddhist nuns in Thailand before embarking on a music career after meeting William Orbit. She guested on Orbit's 1987 Strange Cargo album, recorded a cover of John Martyn's Don't Wanna Know About Evil with Orbit and then they worked on her first album SuperPinkMandy together. A meeting with the Chemical Brothers resulted in collaborations with them, too, before she released her breakthrough 1996 album Trailer Park, which won her BRIT Award and Mercury Music Prize nominations. Her first hit single She Cries Your Name soon followed and, expanding her style to work with a band, she has had further success with the albums Central Reservation, Daybreaker and Comfort Of Strangers, while maintaining a solid commitment to ecological issues.

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07-07-2011