Keith James in Otley
Otley Courthouse, Otley
Saturday 24th February 2018, £tbc
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A haunting and immaculately crafted concertThe Songs of Nick DrakeThis 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,Bridget St John and Bert Jansch.Also featured are two poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style. NickDrake is themost 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 paralysed the whole country with hisstunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At thebeginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring thisfragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concertform. The end result was over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amountingto over 1500 shows in venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy andSpain including all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges – even Glastonbury Festival. ‘Some ofthe most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent ‘KeithJames has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times ‘asensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songsmight speak for themselves’ AcousticMagazine
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