2021 So Far

leila neverland


June 12, 2021 at Red Bird Brewing

by Miles Overn

photo review


with Covid still active and new restrictions in place, we are choosing to do mini "photo reviews" for as many shows as we can this year

restrictions limit us to grabbing a few shots during the first 2 or 3 songs and then we need to be on our way

Leila Neverland | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Leila Neverland

Leila Neverland | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Leila Neverland

All photos copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Leila Neverland | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Leila

Leila Neverland | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Leila

Leila Neverland | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Leila

I had heard so much about Leila Neverland before catching her at her Red Bird Brewing gig, but often that just sets you up for disappointment as the actual performance doesn't live up to the hype. I was delighted to have that not be the case with her hour long set at the Bird.

Neverland delivered a set of songs that displayed both a depth of perception and awareness as well as communicated hope and presented it to the Red Bird patrons all wrapped in her unique, bouyant and genial personality. Many watched every move she made and hung on every word. She most definitely connected with her crowd.

Her set list included Let It Go, River, Grow, Before Us, Ripple and several others. For most of these songs she accompanied herself on piano, for others it was the mandolin. It was her voice, though, that carried the day and drew the audience in. Drew them in and held them there as if in a loving embrance. I'd love to catch her again in a post-pandemic, no restrictions environment where she can play even more freely.