By John Curley
This past Thursday, March 3rd, BBC Radio 2 broadcast a fantastic performance by the singer-songwriter Katie Melua for the In Concert series. The concert was recorded on February 25th at the BBC Radio Theatre in London before an audience of 300 Radio 2 listeners. Melua was joined onstage at different points in the show by special guests William Orbit (who produced Melua’s latest album, The House), Jack Savoretti, and Beth Rowley.
The concert was about an hour in length and featured 14 songs. In addition to her own material, Melua performed several covers. These included The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” and Canned Heat’s “Going Up The Country.”
To hear the concert, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yslqz and click the “Listen now” audio link near the top of the page. When the BBC iPlayer opens, drag it to 58:41 into the program. That is the starting point of the concert portion of the show. The program’s host, BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley, also interviews Melua and Orbit at 9:48 into the program. There are five days left from today (Sunday, March 6th) to listen to the show before it is removed from the BBC Radio 2 Web site. It’s worth a listen. She is a fantastic performer and songwriter. Her between-song banter is also pretty interesting.
In addition to Melua’s concert, there are also a few live-in-the studio tracks by British Sea Power in the show’s first hour.
The set list of Melua’s performance was as follows:
Just Like Heaven
I’d Love To Kill You With A Kiss
Crawling Up a Hill
What A Wonderful World
Piece By Piece
Going Up The Country
Call Off The Search
Nine Million Bicycles
Closest Thing To Crazy.
Melua’s lengthy European tour, which runs through June, kicks off on March 9th in Dresden, Germany.
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