Beth Gibbons

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Beth Gibbons
Beth Gibbons - Portishead - Roskilde Festival 2011 - Orange Scene.jpg
Gibbons at Roskilde Festival 2011.
Background information
Birth nameBeth Gibbons
Born (1965-01-04) 4 January 1965 (age 53)
Exeter, Devon, England, UK[1]
GenresTrip hop, folk,[2] alternative rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active1991–present
LabelsGo! Beat, Sanctuary
Associated actsPortishead, Rustin Man
WebsiteOfficial website

Beth Gibbons (born 4 January 1965) is an English singer and songwriter. She is the singer and lyricist for the band Portishead.

Early life[edit]

Gibbons was born in Exeter, Devon,[3][1][4] and raised on a farm with two sisters. Her parents divorced when she was young.[5] At 22, she moved to Bath, then Bristol to pursue her singing career, where she met Geoff Barrow, her future collaborator in Portishead.[6]

Career[edit]

With Adrian Utley, Gibbons and Barrow released the first Portishead album Dummy in 1994 and have produced two other studio albums, a live album, and various singles in the years since.

She has also collaborated on a separate project with former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb (Rustin Man). Before she joined Geoff Barrow in Portishead, she had auditioned for the singer's slot in .O.rang, the group formed by Webb after Talk Talk's late-Eighties departure from EMI, but Portishead's sudden success pre-empted matters. In October 2002, they released the album Out of Season in the United Kingdom under the name Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man. The album peaked at number 28 in the UK Albums Chart.[7] It was released in the United States a year later: while touring in North America, Variety favourably described her performance with Rustin as "Billie Holiday fronting Siouxsie and the Banshees".[8]

Gibbons was also a judge for the 10th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.

In June 2013, Gibbons announced plans for a new solo album with Domino Records.[9][10] She contributed vocals to a cover of the song "Black Sabbath" with the British metal band Gonga, entitled "Black Sabbeth", released 24 April 2014.[11]

In 2018, Beth Gibbons contributed vocal performances along with Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins to the Spill Festival held in Ipswich in an audio installation entitled Clarion Calls which uses the voices of 100 women to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-suffolk-45982141/ipswich-spill-festival-s-clarion-call-uses-100-female-voices

Style and inspiration[edit]

She has cited Nina Simone, Janis Joplin, Edith Piaf, Janis Ian and Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins as female musical influences. She also named Bono of U2 as an musical inspiration for his performance on The Joshua Tree, Otis Redding and Jimmy Cliff.[5][12]

Discography[edit]

Portishead[edit]

Solo[edit]

Other works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tammy La Gorce. "Beth Gibbons Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  2. ^ Beitia, Sara (11 August 2004). "Beth Gibbons: Out of Season". Boise Weekly. Retrieved 30 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Full Beth Gibbons Biography". Perfect People. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Beth Gibbons - Biography". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  5. ^ a b "Solo album bio" Biography previously published on a Finnish site (archived), Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  6. ^ Stuart Clark. "Never Mind the Bollocks". Hot Press. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 226. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  8. ^ Mirkin, Steven (28 October 2003). "Beth Gibbons and Rustin Man". Variety. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Domino". Beth Gibbons. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  10. ^ "Portishead's Beth Gibbons to Release New Solo Album on Domino | News". Pitchfork. 2013-06-12. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  11. ^ "Sabbath cover" Jeremy Gordon, 'Portishead's Beth Gibbons Covers Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath" With Metal Band Gonga', Pitchfork, 24 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Oor Interview 1995" Erik van den Berg, There's not only emotion in the way you sing but also in what you sing, Oor Magazine (no. .6), 8 April 1995, (translated from Dutch). Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  13. ^ Gordon, Jeremy (24 April 2014). "Portishead's Beth Gibbons Covers Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath" With Metal Band Gonga". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 May 2014.

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