MESSAGE FROM THE GODS Concerts
Performing his acclaimed 2019 Album
MESSAGE FROM THE GODS
Music set to the wonderful poetry of Maya Angelou, Pablo Neruda, Frida Kahlo, Kahlil Gibran, Kate Tempest, Leonard Cohen, Lorca and W H Auden
Released in 2019, Keithâ€™s profound new Album has been met with huge enthusiasm from UK Radio Stations, the music press and followers across the country and will no doubt be considered to be his best collection yet. It continues to expose his unique skill of setting poetry to music and arriving at stunningly beautiful results.
Each of these poems take on a new life as a song, they resonate deeply and instinctively and show the vital importance of personal connection, both on an intimate and universal level. Caged Bird - Maya Angelou and If you forget me - Pablo Neruda are stand out moments.
Keith is one of the most inventive and active performers in the UK and has had a noticeable presence for around 40 years, perfecting a highly individual style of writing, composition and performance. He is a superb guitarist with a unique and passionate style that caresses his captivating and emotional voice.
APR 4TH NORWICH, ANTEROS ARTS
â€˜Effortlessly beautiful. The silver streak of Keith James continues. A fine Album indeedâ€™
Paul Jackson â€“ FATEA*****
â€˜This is class material performed in an exemplary fashion. Highly recommendedâ€™
David Harley â€“ Folking.com*****
â€˜Fearless, Keith best releaseâ€™
Dai Jeffries â€“ RnR *****
â€˜Brave, intelligent and ultimately immersiveâ€™
Roots and Fusion*****
» 5th February 2020
CONCERT FOR A CHANGING WORLD 2020
As a gesture of belief in the possibility of harmony and understanding within all of us interwoven in todayâ€™s World
CONCERT FOR A CHANGING WORLD.
UNIQUE AND TIMELESS SONGS OF VISION, QUESTION AND CHANGE
Words that reverberate with the tenacity of human spirit in these current times of brooding disquiet, fractured societies and civil unrest. Songs that have changed history and moved millions of people to do things they never thought possible.
Included in this concert are songs written by Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen and Keith
For this concert, the original living writers of each song have been asked to compose powerful brand new verses that stand proud in the 21st century against this current wave of crises.
Keith, a life-long devotee of emotional performance, approaches each of these songs with fresh courage and passion and includes all of the new verses â€“ chilling to listen to! So much has changed, although so little has changed. Everything is moving so fast and yet everything is moving so slowly.
Also included are both versions of Keithâ€™s song I can see and a 2020 re-write of his song Life in a Western World
CONCERTS ACROSS SPRING / SUMMER 2020
MAR 7 SEDGEFIELD MANOR HOUSE
MAR 8 SHEFFIELD. GREYSTONES
MAR 19 STROUD, SUB ROOMS
APR 3 HALESWORTH, CUT THEATRE
APR 5 COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE
APR 18 COMPETA, ANDALUSIA
GALERIA LUZ DE LA VIDA
JUN 19 TEIGNMOUTH, PAVILIONS THEATRE
JUN 26 GUILDFORD. G-LIVE
Keith James became a courageous and singular figure in November of last year when he released the song I CAN SEE in support of â€˜Climate Change awarenessâ€™. He has since released 3 different versions and has seen the song translated into many different languages.
â€˜The world needs powerful songs as much as ever. 'I Can See', certainly hits its target. Keith clearly sees the danger of living in a post-truth, self-serving society, but he sees hope too! Folking.com
» 13th January 2020
I CAN SEE. In support of Climate change awareness.
This song has been written, produced and released in support of and offering encouragement to all those who are sacrificing their time to bring about an urgent awareness and a deeper understanding of climate change and to all organisations currently working towards proven ecological solutions.
» 15th December 2019
CELEBRATING THE SONGS OF NICK DRAKE - SPRING 2020
A TOUR OF THE MUSIC OF NICK DRAKE - SPRING 2020
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.
2020 UK CONCERTS
MAR 14TH BEVERLEY, UPSTAIRS AT MONKS
MAY 15TH BROMSGROVE, ARTRIX
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 2020
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 recognise 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 2020 are as follows:
MAR 1 BIRMINGHAM, KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE
MAR 4 WORCESTERSHIRE, THE FOLD
MAR 6 FRODSHAM, CASTLE PARK ARTS CNTR
MAR 15 SOUTHEND, PALACE THEATRE
MAR 20 WALTON-ON-THAMES.
RIVERHOUSE BARN ARTS CENTRE
MAR 29 CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL
APR 11 SAYALONGA, MALAGA, SPAIN
MAY 1 HARPENDEN PUBLIC HALLS
MAY 14 COVENTRY, BIG COMFY BOOKSHOP
JUNE 3 SOUTHAMPTON HANGER FARM AC
JUNE 12 BECCLES. PUBLIC HALL THEATRE
JUNE 18 HENLEY, KENTON THEATRE
JUNE 20 FAREHAM, ASHCROFT ARTS CENTRE
JULY 3 LUDLOW ASSEMBLY ROOMS
For all details about this long running concert tour - now into its 9th year with approaching 500 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
2020 UK Concerts.
FEB 29 BELFAST, CRESCENT ARTS CENTRE
MAR 13 DURHAM, OLD CINEMA LAUNDERETTE
MAR 26 DARTMOUTH. FLAVEL ARTS CENTRE
MAR 27 ARTS FOR HUNGERFORD
MAY 16 WINDSOR, THE OLD COURT
MAY 21 RUNCORN, THE BRINDLEY
MAY 22 BOLLINGTON ARTS CENTRE
MAY 23 BROADBENT THEATRE, LINCS
JUN 6 TETBURY. GOODS SHED ARTS CNTR
JUN 10 EYE, SUFFOLK, THE BANK ARTS CNTR
JUN 11 SUDBURY, QUAY THEATRE
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
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