Natalie Merchant at Hammersmith Apollo, 22 May 2010

Natalie Merchant at Hammersmith Apollo, 22 May 2010

Former 10,000 Maniacs singer Natalie Merchant’s return to London to promote her first album in seven years.

I’ve seen her perform a few times over many years but this was the first time I’ve photographed her. She’s still just as enchanting as a performer, with a curious, enigmatic vibe and always somehow off in her own world, which I wanted to capture with this image.

She sang with a small acoustic band, playing only songs from her new album until the encore, when she let rip with old numbers and danced wildly around the stage. How I wish photography restrictions at large venues like this didn’t always prevent shooting during the last songs of the show – it’s always so different in mood to the first few songs of any set, the images from each would tell a totally different story!

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