Paloma Faith inspired by Parton

Congleton Guardian: Paloma Faith would like to perform with a big band Paloma Faith would like to perform with a big band

Paloma Faith has said she's frightened about performing in big venues - but she's taking inspiration from country legend Dolly Parton.

The singer, who released her second album Fall To Grace in May, begins a UK tour later this month.

She said: "I'm more frightened of those big venues, like the O2, because I'm used to the smaller places.

"I know what I'm doing, and now I'm worried that I'll have to act differently on stage. But then I went to see Dolly Parton there and she didn't do that, it was like you'd gone to her house, so I should stick to what I do normally."

Paloma said she'd also like to play with a big band - but worried the result would be cheesy.

"I'd like to but I'm worried about it," she said. "I've always been interested in jazz and that's what I love, but quite a lot of the time commercial or successful artists do a big band or jazz album, and it's cheesy, if I'm honest.

"If I did it in a way that wasn't cheesy, like a Christmas record, then I would love to do something. I don't want it to look like I'm just dressing up, it's tacky."

:: Paloma Faith begins a UK tour in Belfast Ulster Hall on January 20. For more information, visit www.palomafaith.com.

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