After my career ending/career rebirth afternoon matinee The Criterion hosted a magical night with Luke Broughton and LION/S. No small part of this was the inventive and striking visuals throughout by Johnny McJohnston and a crowd that was very into being there, making for an inclusive and positive vibe.
Jim Tetlow had told me a bit about LION/S but I was truly blown away by Leonie’s beautiful violin and guitar and her organic loops of instruments and voices. I am not a big looping fan but this was ethereal and captivating, a unique journey into sound.. and her including the audience with bells on her last piece was a superb bit of performer/audience barrier breakdowning.
Only someone as exceptional as Luke could follow that. These acoustic shows unlike any other will be legend in years to come. Luke is able to draw his listeners deep into the delicate power of his haunting songs. A choirboy from the skies of another world, an opera singer from 3019, he hangs on his golden threads of suspended moments.
All this and vegan cake for Luke’s birthday. I’ll recall this event for all my years to come, something truly fresh and uplifting.
Written by Kevin Hewick.