Festival Review: Lior

Festival Review: Lior

When the Adelaide Festival booked Lior to perform the newly commissioned Chamber version of Compassion, he found that he was on stage with that show for two performances with a two-day gap in between. So what better idea than to do a one man gig on the Saturday night?

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Presented by Adelaide Festival
Reviewed 10 March 2018

When the Adelaide Festival booked Lior to perform the newly commissioned Chamber version of Compassion (his collaboration with Nigel Westlake) he found that he was on stage with that show for two performances with a two-day gap in between. So what better idea than to do a one man gig on the Saturday night? The man himself expressed fear that being in contest with Womadelaide might mean playing to relatives and close friends. His fear was unfounded; he had a very appreciative large crowd to play to.

As always Lior’s music was varied but all with heart and soul. He satisfied the crowd with old favourites like This Old Love, Autumn Flow, Days to Remember and the moving My Grandfather. Lior introduced a new song, Apple Tree, as a teaser for the upcoming album – lets hope we don’t have to wait too long for release.

A song I had not heard before, Take the Sting Out, (must be on that other album I keep meaning to buy), came before he introduced his guest, Alma Zygier, daughter of Deborah Conway and Willy Zygier, who popped over from Womadelide to join Lior in a song he originally sang with Sia, I’ll Forget You. Alma also joined him for another new song  which was beautiful but I missed the name

The end came much too quickly, but the applause brought him back for one more song. He asked the audience what they wanted to hear. There were a multitude of replies, but finally it came down to two, Daniel or Bedouin Song and the latter won out: my favourite Lior song and it was great to hear him sing it live again. Hurry back to Adelaide please.

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

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