NORWEGIAN CHURCH ARTS CENTRE. SATURDAY APRIL 12TH
A UNIQUE CONCERT
Including a number of Dylan Thomas Poems set to music.
‘In the spring of this very special year for Wales I am presenting a ‘one off’ concert at The Norwegian Church, one of the most adorable live music venues in the UK; both to perform and to listen to acoustic music.
Over the past decade I have been afforded the wonderful opportunity of setting to music the rich and tempting words of a number of our most loved Poets: F G Lorca, William Blake, Isabel Allende, Pablo Neruda, Leonard Cohen, along with re-interpreting much of the beautiful legacy of songwriter Nick Drake.
In the run up to my, now frightening, concert tour based on the Poetry of Dylan Thomas, I will be unveiling my transcriptions of a few of his powerful and intrepid Poems for the very first time. I will be as nervous about it as you, so please join me in my concert feature what I consider to be the very best of my Poetry-to Music compositions.
Every fibre of my personal resolve has stretched itself to produce this work. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have in its creation’.
Poetry evokes its own power and its own helplessness and seems to carry us to the limit of understanding’ Christopher Maurer
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» 18th March 2014
TIME LET ME PLAY From the Poetry of DYLAN THOMAS
TIME LET ME PLAY
From the Poetry of DYLAN THOMAS
Music composed and performed by Keith James
A CONCERT TOUR FORMING PART OF THE DT 100 FESTIVAL 2014. Concert dates across the autumn.
A brave and haunting collection of Dylan’s most cherished Poems, sensitively set into Songs.
Beauty, fragility, anger, shame and humour, where the very core of human spirit lives.
Clown in the Moon, Do not go gentle into that goodnight, Fern Hill,
A process in the weather of the heart, Being but men.
.. such a wealth of wonderful material..
With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the pure song,
Keith gives you a concert of these triumphant words in the most intimate and personal way.
Also included are some of Keith’s unique and passionate settings of Poems
by Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende, Garcia Lorca and Leonard Cohen.
FOR ALL OF THESE CONCERT DATES THAT RUN FROM AUGUST TO NOVEMBER, PLEASE CLICK ON DYLAN THOMAS PAINTING HERE ON THE LEFT.
This Series of Concerts will feature paintings by the Artist PETER ROSS.
» 22nd January 2014
THE SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN. JANUARY - JULY 2014
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
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» 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
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» 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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