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quick review: kt tunstall @ paradise club, boston

After a long drive up from DC, sprite and I, along with Sam and Alexis, took in a kick-ass concert by KT Tunstall.

Both sprite and I have been fans of KT since last September, when we first heard her music on the Beeb. And she’s gained traction here in the States thanks to appearances on NPR, NBC’s “Today” show and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” She’s a one-woman band, a top-notch songwriter, and has an extremely versatile voice.

KT only has one album out, and she performed all the songs from said album in her show, as well as a cover song (that I didn’t recognize), and a new song, “Dirty Water.” She had a multi-talented backing band, though KT still made good use of her “wonder pedal” setup, sampling her voice, guitar and percussion to wonderful effect.

She also has an incredible stage presence, and an uncanny ability to handle the drunken audience members’ off-color remarks. Her years on the UK club circuit, as well as busking both in the U.S. and the UK, serve her well in this regard.

So it was well worth the drive.

Before the show, we also dropped in on a RHSM east coast reunion. It was great to see Tony and Marie Larimer there, such wonderful people. I also got to hang out with Kelly and Jennifer Hannah, with whom I shared classes and, in the case of Kelly, many hours on the slopes. And I finally got to meep both the new alumni office director and the current headmaster, Alan Sparrow, who started his tenure at the school shortly after my graduation.

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