It’s been a couple of years since we last saw Sharon Van Etten – at the time, Lee and I went along not having heard anything by her and were just blown away by her amazing voice. When I found out she was playing Manchester Cathedral on Lee’s birthday, it seemed like a perfect present……
Through the wonders of modern technology I contacted Marc Riley to let him know we were going and he graciously invited us into the 6Music studio at Media City, Salford to meet Sharon and watch her do a pre gig interview and perform some solo tunes.
She was so lovely – and extraordinary that that voice comes out of someone so diminutive. She happily signed our tickets – “We saw you at the Brudenell” “I loved that place, I still have my T-shirt from there” “Herman Dune did that” “Oh, I didn’t know that, it makes sense”. She finished with an amazing version of ‘Everytime the sun comes up’ – how does she do that! Listen to it here….
We had a quick chat with Marc to thank him (what a star) before heading off to the Cathedral where we met up with Jeff and witnessed another wonderful performance.
She was obviously happy to be in such a beautiful space (and even happier that someone had bought her flowers!) and was funny and commanded your attention. Her band were in top form and their sound and the lights made the most of the Cathedral. I loved it when her vocals joined with Heathers….’Life of his own’ was just ace!
Someone put the whole thing up here
A fantastic evening and a unique birthday treat – Thanks Sharon, thanks Marc’n’Michelle xx
Bob the Chiropodist