Aurora Li - appearing at the Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Roots and Blues, 2020 - in Katoomba!

Aurora Li

Still only sixteen years old, Katoomba singer/songwriter, Aurora Li is fast becoming a seasoned performer, playing regularly at live music venues and events in and around her home in the Blue Mountains and further afield, along with festival appearances including Winter Magic, Katoomba Live and Local and Bello Winter Music, where she won the hotly-contested vocal category of the 2019 Youth Mentorship Competition. 2020 will see her notch up some more, with Illawarra and St Albans Folk Festivals in the calendar so far.

When she’s not appearing as a solo artist accompanying herself on guitar and piano (Aurora is a classically-trained pianist), she performs as the most senior member of folk/bluegrass/indie-pop vocal trio, Breathing Underwater, one of the featured acts of Pulse 2019, a showcase of outstanding young performing artists at the Sydney Opera House. 

Alongside her performance commitments and hectic study schedule (she is currently preparing for her HSC), Aurora writes songs that are sometimes upbeat and irreverent, occasionally sad and angry, and often deeply moving, but always showing a wisdom and insight far beyond her years. 

Her spare, indie-pop/folk sound is complimented by sharply observed lyrics that urge you to close your eyes and listen intently as she mines a rich vein of experiences, some real and some only imagined: from the victim of schoolyard gossip to the victim of a violent relationship; from a reader immersed in a good book, to a watcher of a family facing the loss of a loved one; and through the eyes of a small child wondering what happens next, to the eyes of an older soul already disillusioned with the state of the world, Aurora ponders the regrets, worries and passions of teenage life with a voice that will gently carry you along for the ride.