The 2013 series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall held in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust kicked off in style on 19 March 2013 as singer-songwriter Ryan Adams made his Hall debut.
First up was the evening’s very special guest, singer-songwriter Beth Orton, returning some 10 years after she headlined the Hall herself. The BRIT Award winner’s set spanned her successful solo career, from songs off 1996 solo debut album Trailer Park to last year’s critically acclaimed Sugaring Season.
Beth Orton’s magical set was soon followed by the night’s headliner Ryan Adams, appearing with a full backing band for the first time in nearly four years. The assembled band ended up being something of an all-star supergroup, featuring Ethan Johns, Cindy Cashdollar, Don Was, Benmont Tench and Jeremy Stacey.
Old favourites from his extensive back catalogue were mixed with some new material as Adams performed songs from his as-yet-untitled new album live for the first time, as well a new song Loaf of Bread, a ballad the singer made up on the spot following a misheard heckle from a fan!
Teenage Cancer Trust
The evening’s headliner was presented on stage by series curator Noel Gallagher who was joined by Charlotte, a cancer patient in remission who shared her story of how the Teenage Cancer Trust supported her through the hardest time of her life following her diagnosis of a Ewing’s sarcoma tumour.
You can watch Charlotte’s inspirational story in the video below:
To donate £3 to the Teenage Cancer Trust, text TOGETHER to 70500. For every donation you make between now and Monday 25 March, The Body Shop will match your donation up to £30,000.
All images: Andy Paradise, 2013
Backstage footage from Day 1 of the Teenage Cancer Trust series:
Call Me The Breeze
Galaxy of Emptiness
Something More Beautiful
Ooh Child (originally by The Five Stairsteps)
Ashes & Fire
My Winding Wheel
Where I Meet You In My Mind
Loaf Of Bread
Please Do Not Let Me Go
Why Do They Leave?
Let It Ride
In The Shadows
Oh My Sweet Carolina
English Girls Approximately
Do I Wait
I Love You But I Don’t Know What To Say
Come Pick Me Up