New Album MESSAGE FROM THE GODS
A profound and dramatic album of significant modern poetry settings by Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Kahlil Gibran, Kate Tempest, Pablo Neruda, W H Auden, Lorca and Leonard Cohen.
This new Album, his 15th record release, will no doubt be considered to be his most profound to date. Here he has chosen what he believes to be some of the most significant, relevant and wonderfully written modern poetry: Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Kahlil Gibran, Kate Tempest, Pablo Neruda, W H Auden, Lorca and Leonard Cohen. The Album is entitled MESSAGE FROM THE GODS and is dedicated to our collective human need to rediscover the pathway of emotional connection, against the current backdrop of leaping advancement in high tech communication; realising that our underwritten wish to be charitable and understanding and our instinctive sense of regard for our own vulnerable fragility is present somewhere within us all.
This Album is offered up with grace and we hope you appreciate its sense of purpose. It was produced by Branwen Munn, David Wood and Keith.
» 7th June 2019
DUENDE - LORCA. PORSTMOUTH FESTIVAL JUNE 19TH 8PM
DUENDE. The poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Isabelle Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez set to Keith's daring and Fiery classical guitar compositions. Tickets are available on-line from the festival website here below:
» 21st April 2019
CELEBRATING THE SONGS OF NICK DRAKE - SPRING 2019
A TOUR OF THE MUSIC OF NICK DRAKE - SPRING 2019
A haunting and immaculately crafted concert
THE SONGS OF NICK DRAKE
This concert begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick Drake:
Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn and Bert Jansch.
Also featured are two poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style.
2019 UK CONCERTS
JUNE 23RD ERGEMONT CUMBRIA, FLORENCE ARTS CENTRE
JUNE 28TH DARTMOUTH, FLAVEL
SEPT 20TH HAY ON WYE, THE GLOBE
SEPT 25TH GUILDFORD, ELECTRIC THEATRE
OCT 2ND BILSTON, ROBIN 2
OCT 11TH ABERDEEN, LEMON TREE
OCT 18TH STOCKTON, ARC
OCT 19TH SOUTHPORT, ATKINSON
Nick Drake is the most revered and loved of all 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 and a worldwide re-evaluation of his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. An important book, Remembered for a while has been recently released, written by his elder Sister Gabrielle Drake. This volume throws light on almost everything attributed to Nick’s brief career as a songwriter and recording artist as well as on many corners of mystery and supposition.
A number of years have now passed since singer/guitarist Keith James paralyzed 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 fragile and intriguing music to theaters across the UK in its pure live concert form. The end result was over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 1500 shows in venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges – even Glastonbury Festival.
‘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 concert dates and venues, please click on the image of Nick Drake here to the left.
» 1st July 2017
THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN - SPRING 2019
The Poetry and Music of Leonard Cohen has been a constant friend throughout many of our lives. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility.. Leonard Cohen is a Man of Grace and this World will miss him very much.
The locations and dates of these Concerts across this year are as follows:
JUNE 14TH GUILDFORD, G-LIVE
** JUST THE LAST FEW TICKETS LEFT **
JUNE 21ST GAINSBOROUGH, TRINITY THEATRE
JUNE 22ND MALTON, MILTON ROOMS
OCT 6TH SEDGEFIELD, THE MANOR HOUSE
OCT 14TH PERTH THEATRE
NOV 29TH DURHAM, OLD CINEMA
For all details about this long running concert tour - now into its 8th year with almost 450 dates.. please click on the image of LC here on the left. This will also take you to all UK concert dates.
» 3rd January 2017
YUSUF CAT STEVENS an honest and loving reflection
2019 UK Concerts.
JUNE 16TH LOUTH TOWN HALL
AUG 23RD HUNTINGDON HALL, WORCESTER
SEPT 19TH MILFORD HAVEN, TORCH THEATRE
SEPT 28TH MELBOURN, HERTS. THE HUB
SEPT 29TH MILTON KEYNES, STABLES
OCT 5TH LIVERPOOL, PHILHARMONIC HALL
OCT 27TH COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE
The amassed body of music from this hugely popular and sincerely adored singer/songwriter made for a collection
of 'must have' records across a whole generation. Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat were on everyone's
turntables and on every radio station, live versions are played in concerts, bars and on the world's beaches to this day.
Songs such as Wild World, Father and Son, Moonshadow and Where do the Children play have been covered by hundreds of Artists worldwide.
Yusuf campaigns on many educational and humanitarian issues,he was awarded the 'Man of Peace' award by the Nobel Peace Laureates. In 2015 and he received the Lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio 2 and the Ivor Novello Award for outstanding song collection. He has received two honorary doctorates and awards for promoting peace from two organisations founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.
This concert will give you far more than just the music itself; Keith James is one of the most active and inventive performers on this Country’s concert scene. All of his concerts are based on dedicated studies of poets and songwriters with whom both he himself and audiences identify as having a quality and integrity far above the norm..
There is a huge amount of insight into the history and the spirit of Cat Stevens; his early pop career, his illness that changed him existentially and spiritually into an incredibly thoughtful and loving singer songwriter; such that his songs are remembered instantly for their uplifting sense of truth, promise and human fragility.
Much to talk about the background and embryo of each song.. some of which will be performed as all of us remember and some, carefully and intuitively re-voiced - respectfully re-interpreted with rich, balanced guitar arrangements and a more personal vocal approach.
» 5th May 2016
After more than a decade of dedicated study and more than 1500 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 assimilation we call reality.
TO LISTEN TO THE ALBUM AND READ THE REVIEWS SO FAR: Please click on CD cover image hear on the left.
» 12th October 2015
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