Keith James in Concert: The Songs of Leonard Cohen
Sunday 14 October, 8pm
(Booking fee applies for online bookings to support FAC and Music Venue Trust*)
The Songs of Leonard Cohen:
his wonderful Tower of Songs - stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual
Enigmatic, mysterious 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 stroke of each line.
The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. 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. A Man of Grace. This world will miss him very much!
With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in theatres and arts centres across the UK, giving close to 400 concerts to well over 100,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career in music. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and Andalucia, Spain.
Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from You Want It Darker released only weeks before his death – produced by his son, Adam.
‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’
‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’
‘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’
Keith James’ website: www.keith-james.com
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