Rainee Lyleson is one of those multi-talented young performers- she is an actress, singer and musician- who is always on the move.
She is now well into rehearsals for her latest production, her tribute show, ‘TAKE ME AS I AM, An Evening with Joni Mitchell’, which she will she perform for one night only, next week at Surry Hills’s 505 Venue.
“My father came into my bedroom when I was thirteen years old.
Excitedly he handed me a new record, Joni Mitchell’s ‘Court and Spark’.
He said, ‘Rainee, I think you are ready for this now’. I was hooked on Joni’s music through my teen years and have been ever since.
Joni turns 70 this November and I wanted to honour a true artist.” Rainee has been touring her Joni show for the last year, giving some 8 performances, including an East Coast tour that took her up to Byron Bay. Rainee will be coming on to the 505 stage as the great Canadian Lady of Song. She has spent a lot of time researching her role, and will appear in character.
There will be repartee between songs, with little background stories to the songs, many of which were about the particular man that was in Joni’s life at the time.
They were celebrated figures in their own right, including Graham Nash and James Taylor The show will play out in two sets.
First set will be acoustic, with Rainee playing guitar and dulcimer, and will feature a lot of Joni’s early material, in particular, her much critically lauded BLUE album, which even Bob Dylan gave a nod to with his song, ‘Tangled Up in Blue’, from another legendary album, ‘Blood On The Tracks’.
After interval, the second bracket will focus on Joni’s move towards more jazz style music and will conclude on the note of another classic album, ‘Heijra’.