DUENDE! The Poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca
DUENDE! The Poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca
A unique and breath-taking concert of Spanish Poetry set to music
The haunting and exotic poetry of the most celebrated writers in the Spanish Language: Federico Garcia Lorca, Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Pablo Neruda. Their dramatic and sensual poetry, performed as Songs and meticulously set to Keith's rich, daring and fiery Classical guitar, in a way that embraces the very fabric of these beautiful words, both surreal and romantic, until every tear is shed, every picture caught.
There is a huge resurgence of interest in the life and literary output of Federico Garcia Lorca. Yerma, one of his most rich and powerful dramas has recently taken the west end by storm with Billie Piper taking the lead role. The anniversary of the Spanish Civil War has noticed almost all of Europe looking back on Lorca’s poetry and dramas as their concepts and words pull us inwards like a cyclone, only to then be standing face to face with the very same human frailties – just 80 years on..
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 over 2000 concerts celebrating the work of Nick Drake, Lorca, Dylan Thomas, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.This concert is sung both in English and Spanish and mostly features the Classical and Flamenco guitar.
Wednesday April 25th
ANTEROS ARTS CENTRE, NORWICH
Friday May 11th
WOODEND CREATIVE, SCARBOROUGH
Press reviews for Keith’s new Album ‘Tenderness Claws’ – a collection of amazing poetry set to music.
‘The Poems are treated to some fine arrangements, lifting each of them to another level’ Northern Sky
‘A five star Album by anyone’s standards’ Fatea Magazine
‘Finely crafted and played, exquisitely produced and highly recommended’ Folking.com
‘A remarkable array of sound to accompany remarkable words’ R2 Magazine
» 10th July 2017
CELEBRATING THE SONGS OF NICK DRAKE - SPRING 2018
NEW TOUR OF THE MUSIC OF NICK DRAKE - AUTUMN 2017
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, Bridget St John and Bert Jansch.
Also featured are two poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style.
JAN 20TH LUDLOW Tickets selling fast!
FEB 10TH LEDBURY
FEB 22ND TOWCESTER
FEB 23TH MALTON
FEB 24TH OTLEY
APR 14TH LEEK
APR 19TH BIRMINGHAM
MAY 4TH MALVERN
MAY 5TH HEREFORD
MAY 13TH SHEFFIELD
MAY 19TH FAREHAM
MAY 20TH NEWPORT, IOW
MAY 26TH SEDGEFIELD
MAY 31ST BRACKNELL
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 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 fragile and intriguing music to theatres 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 - AUTUMN- WINTER 2017/8
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:
OCT 14TH MILTON KEYNES. Sold Out.
OCT 22ND ROSS ON WYE. Sold Out.
OCT 26TH SOUTHAMPTON Just 27 tickets left.
NOV 2ND MILTON KEYNES. Sold Out.
NOV 4TH WEYBRIDGE
NOV 8TH FROME
NOV 15TH FALMOUTH
NOV 18TH FAREHAM Just 38 tickets left.
NOV 19TH OSWESTRY
NOV 20TH WOLVERHAMPTON
NOV 24TH LEEK Just 27 tickets left.
NOV 25TH HEREFORD Just 21 tickets left.
DEC 7TH BRACKNELL Sold out.
JAN 6TH COLCHESTER Sold out.
JAN 12TH GUILDFORD Sold out.
JAN 31ST LIVERPOOL. Sold out.
FEB 3RD GOOLE
FEB 8TH MILFORD HAVEN Very few tickets left.
FEB 25TH SALTBURN
MAR 1ST MELBOURNE
MAR 2ND TEIGNMOUTH
MAR 23RD HAVANT Very few tickets left.
APR 21ST WEST KIRBY
APR 26TH DISS
APR 27TH SLEAFORD
APR 28TH WOTTON UNDER EDGE
MAY 6TH TAVISTOCK
MAY 24TH STOCKTON-ON-TEES
JUN 9TH DARTMOUTH
For all details about this long running concert tour - now into its 6th year with almost 400 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
The locations and future dates of these Concerts are as follows:
JAN 9TH BELFAST - CATHEDRAL QUARTER ARTS FESTIVAL
APR 29TH - ACAPELA, CARDIFF
MAY 25TH -HELMSLEY 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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