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Keith James

Keith James

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.

Leonard Norman Cohen, born 1934, can be described as one of the most accomplished singer song writers and poets of our time. He published his first book of poetry in 1956 and his first novel in 1963. It was during his time spent on the Greek Island of Hydra that his genius began to emerge. In true bohemian style, he returned from Greece, by all accounts, penniless and joined the cult folk revival that existed in New York during the mid-60s. The rest, as they say, is history. The basis for his work focuses on the deepest of thoughts and feelings known to man such as sexuality, complex interpersonal relationships, religion and morality. Cohen is highly regarded by critics for his lucid, rich lyrics and for producing intimate compositions of high artistic quality over a five decade career.

Over 2,000 versions of Cohen''s songs have been recorded worldwide but none as centred, poignant and sensual as Keith James’ beautiful interpretations. “I am endeavouring to pair each song back to its’ central core and original sense of purpose by performing each song as near to the way it was originally written, exposing Cohen’s unprecedented sense of humanity”

Over the past two years Keith has recently completed three successful national tours of this concert, giving over 150 performances. The shows during 2013 are in fact, the remaining dates at venues not yet visited – set to become the largest tour of its kind spanning the UK with over 200 concerts at selected Art Centres and Theatres. Performing this music has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 30 year career in music.

Links:

www.keith-james.com
www.myspace.com/mrkeithjames
www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Keith+James

Press:

“Quote here" ~ Name, Source

“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

Keith James

 

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