CONCERTS CELEBRATING KEITH'S NEW ALBUM ' ALWAYS'
PERFORMING IN ITS ENTIRETY, HIS BRAND NEW ORIGINAL ALBUM ENTITLED 'ALWAYS'
Concerts begin at:
Cardiff. June 11th
Plymouth. July 5th
Bath. July 11th
Birmingham. July 15th
FOR ALL VENUE DETAILS, PLEASE CLICK ON THE ALBUM COVER HERE TO THE LEFT.
After more than a decade of dedicated study and more than 1000 acclaimed concerts performing the work of much admired Songwriters and Poets: Cohen, Lorca, Drake, Neruda, Blake and Dylan Thomas, Keith is releasing what can only be described as an amazing landmark original Album entitled ‘Always’. These 10 original songs (apart from Hiring Fair by Ralph McTell ), meticulously written and arranged, have come together slowly over the past 10 years or so and have matured with a strong sense of both personal and collective awareness, a tone that has been caught through older eyes; surreal, sub-textural, daring and provocative, showing anger and disturbance, humour, resolve, vision and sometimes compelling sadness.
Much has been drawn from those he has admired throughout his life - either consciously or otherwise.. along with kaleidoscope of colour from today's set of paradoxical assimilations we call reality.
Expect an amazing concert!
» 21st May 2015
THE SONGS OF NICK DRAKE CONCERT TOUR 2015
THERE IS A SONGS OF NICK DRAKE CONCERT TOUR COVERING THE WHOLE OF 2015. DATES ARE NOW ALL HERE ON THE WEBSITE. EITHER GO TO THE CONCERTS TAB ON THE LEFT OR CLICK ON THE IMAGE OF NICK DRAKE.
Nick Drake is the most revered and truly loved of all of this Country’s singer/songwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974 aged only 26 his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest on a worldwide scale, re-evaluating his Life and his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure.
An important book Remembered for a while has just been released, written by his elder Sister, Gabrielle Drake. This expansive volume throws light on many shadowy corners of mystery and supposition.
A number of years have now passed since Singer/Guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole Country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this immaculate and intriguingly fragile music to Theatres across the UK in its pure, live concert form. The end result was almost a decade of highly acclaimed tours amounting to over 1000 concerts in venues across the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges - even Glastonbury Festival.
This new concert will have, as far as can be possible, a fresh and rewarding set list and will include an interpretation of a Molly Drake composition, a transcription of a poem by William Blake (Nick’s greatest influence) and a song by Sixto Rodriguez – an unusually similar songwriter from the exact same era, but from a parallel universe.
» 27th November 2014
THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN. CONCERTS DURING 2015
THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN Each song stripped back - desolate, naked and sensual The most enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural songwriter the English speaking world has ever known. Revered and covered by the entire music community; Leonard Cohen’s exact sense of prose, his wry humour and his courage to wrestle with the unspoken. Forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line. His recent spectacular world tour of stadium venues has been successful beyond belief but has not, with regret, exposed the solitary inner strength of the songs in their original perfect form. Keith James; with a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the pure song gives you a concert of this amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable. Also included are Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca and Leonard Cohen that Keith has set to music. ‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ The Guardian ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent ‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times ‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine
FOR ALL CONCERTS IN THE UK PLEASE CLICK ON L.C. IMAGE HERE IN THE LEFT.
» 27th November 2013
DUENDE CONCERTS IN CARDIFF NOV 14TH AND BATH 23RD
DUENDE (n. /, deep song, Flamenco, a mysterious creature) DUENDE. The surreal, haunting and exotic poetry of the most celebrated writers in the Spanish Language: Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Federico Garcia Lorca. Their dramatic and sensual poetry performed as Songs and painstakingly set to a collection of rich, daring and fiery Classical guitar arrangements in a way that embraces the very fabric of these beautiful words, both surreal and romantic, until every tear is shed, every picture caught. Keith James is one of this country’s most cherished concert artists. Well known for his ability to bring depth and vibrancy to his interpretations. He has performed a thousand or more concerts celebrating the work of Nick Drake, Lorca, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. This concert is sung both in English and Spanish and mostly features the Classical and Flamenco guitar. ‘an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of great Artists’ words’ BBC Radio Scotland ‘Music full of integrity, a contemporary work of art’ *****Maverick ‘All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines’ Times Literary Supplement ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent ‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times
FOR VENUES AND DATES: Please click on image here to the left.
» 24th September 2013
CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF NICK DRAKE & JOHN MARTYN
Celebrating the Music of NICK DRAKE & JOHN MARTYN John Martyn OBE, albeit a maverick and a wildcard, was an incredibly sensitive songwriter with a knowledge and natural ability on guitar that was effortless; a tradition passed down to him through the new folk movement of the 1960’s populated by Davy Graham, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. His songs always float perfectly in that existential space that is loving and personal; not rejecting a folk style but on a cloud of their own, unique and encapsulated within the emotions of one Man. John’s highest artistic period was in the early 1970’s during which he released his most contagious and listened to Album ‘Solid Air’ (written for Nick Drake), his finest and much remembered collection. Nick Drake. Well where to begin.. A friend of John’s throughout the short but brilliant time he spent as a Singer/Songwriter and recording artist. Nick was hardly noticed at the time; overshadowed by many other more strident artists (John included) during an incredibly influential period in popular music. It was only over the past decade that his perfect, fragile songs and his intricate guitar style have been discovered or re-discovered by a more restful, greying and understanding audience worldwide and his genius has been fully appreciated. Nick’s songs, to be found on his three precious Albums: Five leaves left, Bryter Latyer and Pink Moon are amongst the most un-improvable and personally connecting compositions of a songwriter to have ever come into human consciousness. Nick Drake is now revered and loved the world over. He died in 1974. Keith James has played close to a thousand concerts celebrating this wonderful music. His concerts have never been considered as a tribute, much more a personal and intimate performance of something uniquely beautiful that can otherwise no longer be heard in a live context. ‘exquisite and unique’ BRFM ‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ The Guardian ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent
» 28th August 2013
HENLEY IN ARDEN FESTIVAL. SATURDAY AUGUST 24TH 4PM
THE SONGS OF NICK DRAKE
The Black Swan. Saturday August 24th. 4pm
A special intimate concert of Nicks Music in the neighbouring village to Tanworth in Arden; his original family home and resting place.
» 26th July 2013
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