The Woodfordian Artists: Live Online Series continued on Friday 3 April 2020 with Australian singer/ songwriter Lior. Set up by the people at the Woodford Folk Festival Facebook page to help secure an income for artists who are out of work due to current world events, the nightly live streams are a promotion and fundraising venture where one hundred per cent of funds raised are divided equally between the artists. It is also a source of pure joy in these surreal times.
With a piano in the background and two guitars in the foreground, Lior joined us from his Melbourne home to take some requests and sing some songs.
Lior’s undeniable talent was abundantly clear from his opening song, the title track from his debut album Autumn Flow (2004). Here is a musician that doesn’t need the razzle-dazzle of lights, speakers and a band to elevate his talent because his talent speaks for itself.
The enchanting thirty-minute performance saw Lior honour many of his fans requests. He played Grey Ocean, Bedouin Song, a passion-fuelled Diego and the Village Girl, This Old Love, Animal in Hiding and a Don McLean cover of Vincent.
My seven-year-old daughter and I, via the Facebook chat function, requested Giggle’s Lullaby from children’s show Giggle and Hoot which Lior acknowledged with a laugh, but alas it wasn’t to be. Nevertheless, we were treated to magnificent a cappella versions of My Grandfather and the Hebrew hymn Avinu Malkeinu which concluded the set.
Time and time again, Lior has proved why he is an enduring Australian talent, and this quaint live stream was evidence of that still.
Live Review By Anita Kertes