|Saturday 11 November 2017 @ 09:00pm : -
Keith James - Songs Of Leonard Cohen
Enigmatic and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line. His music befriended an entire generation and so the announcement of his passing has truly marked the end of an era. He challenged us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own humanity.. A Man of Grace. This world will miss him very much..
With a reputation of performing in this exact way and with an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in an intimate and sensitive style, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form.
“I have paired each song back to it’s 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. I have given a great deal of individual thought to each song; why it was written, where it was written and have considered the dynamic forces, both internal and worldly that has brought pen to paper”
Amongst a concert of Cohen’s well known songs, including Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah are also poems by Federico Garcia Lorca that Keith James has set to music. Lorca is said to be Cohen’s greatest influence. Additionally, songs from Leonard Cohen’s Album ‘You want it Darker’ released only 10 days before his death – produced by his son, Adam..
Over the past six years, Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 350 concerts to what has amounted to close to 100,000 people. Singing his bare and passionate interpretations of these masterfully written songs has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career in music.
"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
"an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words" ~ BBC Radio Scotland
"certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music" ~ The Guardian
"All the tears of time are shed in a few brief lines" ~ Times Literary Supplement
"a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves" ~ Acoustic Magazine