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Review / Setlist / Photos | KT Tunstall @ City Winery

KT Tunstall is a One-Woman Tour de Force

By Joann D. Ball | Photos: Philamonjaro Studio

KT Tunstall Live at City Winery

KT Tunstall has much more to offer than radio hits “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See” from her 2004 debut Eye to the Telescope. The Scottish singer-songwriter sold out three nights at City Winery Chicago on the strength of five studio albums from her decade-plus career.

She was a one-woman band, deftly using her voice, a loop pedal, acoustic and electric guitars, and piano during the intimate and entertaining two-hour shows.

Tunstall delighted old fans and wowed casual listeners with her talent, humor and energy. She described the video for opening song "Invisible Empire" as her audition tape for favorite TV show Game of Thrones. She introduced “Little Favours” with a story of how Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters introduced themselves at a festival by shouting “Tunstall – Track 1, 2nd CD Rocks!”

Later, she explained why “The Hidden Heart” from the Scarlet Tulip EP (available only at shows and on her website) was her sequel to the book The Giving Tree. Before closing the regular set with "Suddenly I See," she added "I listened to Patti Smith and Bo Didley in the same day, and this is what happened.”

Her tender, stripped down cover of Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” during the three-song encore was stunning. Before she left the stage, Tunstall told the extremely appreciative crowd that she’s busy writing a new album which will be released next year.

“I'm writing it on the West Coast, so it's basically a Fleetwood Mac record," she said. An undeniable one-woman tour de force, the songbird’s next tour is definitely one you don’t want to miss.

SETLIST

 

  1. Invisible Empire
  2. Miniature Disasters
  3. White Bird
  4. Difficulty
  5. Other Side of the World
  6. Another Place to Fall
  7. Patience
  8. Skinny Lou
  9. Hidden Heart
  10. Lost
  11. Through the Dark
  12. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
  13. Feel It All
  14. Little Favourss
  15. Universe & U
  16. Madame Trudeaux
  17. Default (Atoms for Peace cover)
  18. Suddenly I See

 

ENCORE

  1. Stoppin the Love
  2. Boys of Summer (Don Henley cover)
  3. Chimes

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