In 2006 Beth Orton announced she was pregnant. Later that year, she cancelled the tour to promote her fourth album, The Comfort Of Strangers, on the advice of a doctor, and, aside from the odd, very low-key show here or there, disappeared from view.
Six years on, at the end of 2013, she came back with a new album, Sugaring Season.
So what happened in between?
‘For some reason I lost so much confidence,’ says Beth. ‘Not because Comfort of Strangers didn’t sell well, or this, that and the other. I just felt very vulnerable at that time, so the idea of being out in the public was really scary.’
Then she met American singer songwriter Sam Amidon, who she married in 2011 and had a son.
The change in circumstance caused songs to flow out of her and Beth headed for Oregon with Sam, daughter Nancy and newborn Arthur for a whistlestop recording session.
‘It was that easy, and everyone was so excited. From the moment I walked into the studio, I loved it,’ she remembers.
With her confidence now fully restored, Beth Orton returns to the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea (after her gig there four months ago) tonight, the day after her single, Dawn Chorus, is released.
Tickets cost £18.50 from wedgewood-rooms.co.uk or (023) 9286 3911.