Show and Tell #32 - Beth Packer

Ma Polaine’s Beth Packer
31 January 2018

Beth Packer is a member of blues and roots duo Ma Polaine’s Great Decline. Described as “like a young Billie Holiday gate-crashing a Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones recording session”, they continue to build a reputation as an intriguing and hard to pigeon-hole act. Ma Polaine’s Great Decline will perform at our free Live Lunch event on Saturday 10 February.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Seeing the beauty in what you have.

What lies at the heart of your own desire to do your creative work?
I'm not really driven by a desire, it's just a part of who I am. I'd be a bit lost without my music!

What are the first things you do in developing an idea in response to a subject? Lyric

What’s your favourite film and why?
The Pianist, the universal love of music regardless of race or religion.

Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks.
Hoist That Rag - Tom Waits, Egg Radio - Bill Frisell, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - Nina Simone

From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
there is enough treachery, hatred violence absurdity in the average human being to supply any given army on any given day and the best at murder are those who preach against it and the best at hate are those who preach love and the best at war finally are those who preach peace
Bukowski, The Genius Of The Crowd

If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be? Charles Mingus' double bass

What is your greatest extravagance?
My Weltmeister accordion

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Which artwork/film/book/writer has most inspired you? Albert Camus

Favourite website/blog? No idea

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Ignore all advice

Piece of equipment you can’t live without? My voice

Best recent read? Purity by Johnathan Franzen