Keith James


Friday 22nd March 2019 - 7:30 pm

These remarkable 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, 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. Our World misses him very much!

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James presents 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.

Included  are Cohen’s well known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah alongside his rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Also included are Keith’s dramatic and absorbing performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence.
Keith has  transcribed into song one of Leonard’s poems from his collection ‘Book of longing’

Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice  Sunday Times
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