There are times when an artist starts playing, you stop in your tracks because it simply takes your breath away. This is exactly what happened when Kyle Lionhart began his set on Friday night. The silence that fell as soon as opened his mouth to sing was a solid indication that we were in for a mesmerising night, as the Byron Bay musician filled the house at Fremantle’s ever so intimate ‘The Odd Fellow’.
Well known WA artist, Riley Pearce, warmed up the crowd with stunning renditions of his songs such as ‘The Long Road’, ‘Brave’, and his latest single ‘Misplaced’ before our main act graced the stage.
Lionhart is charismatic and so natural on stage. His soulful vocals and masterful acoustic guitar playing left nothing to be desired, with crowd favourites such as ‘Class A Girl’ and ‘Call Back Home’. Kyle then treated us to an un-plugged version of ‘Sweet Girl’ once he stood out front of the stage on the speaker for an intimate jam session with his fans.
It creates a connection with a crowd when the artist comes down to the same level. Between it all, Kyle shared some of the inspiration behind his songs. It’s humbling to understand what drives the emotion behind an artist’s music. The vibe was melancholic, deep and thought provoking. He delivers with such honesty and emotion that you can’t help but feel it too!
Lionhart played a short encore after the crowd was left pining for more - no doubt the experience will stay with his satisfied fans for some time. This was one of only two WA shows on his ‘Eleven and Two’ tour, which is now nearing an end. If you weren’t lucky enough to see this gentleman live, check out where his up and coming gigs are at www.kylelionhartmusic.com
Written by Chloe Quinn-Schofield
Images by Peter Heathcote - Rhythmic Photography