Together with her mother and her two sisters grew up on a farm. Gibbons liked the hard farm life and especially the resulting strong cohesion in the family. During adolescence she preferred, with her mother to spend the evenings at home and listen to records, as opposed to celebrate with their friends in the nearby town. At 22, she went to Bristol, to reassert itself as a singer. There she met Geoff Barrow in 1991, her future partner in Portishead. Along with jazz guitarist Adrian Utley, they recorded their first demo and were recorded for Go! Beat contracted.
Together with Paul Webb of Talk Talk achieved Beth Gibbons as " Beth Gibbons and Rustin ' Man" outside of Portishead recognition. She also wrote a song for Joss Stone's album " Mind, Body & Soul ."
- 2002: Beth Gibbons and Rustin ' Man - Out of Season
- 2003: Beth Gibbons and Rustin ' Man - Acoustic Sunlight