Keith James is well-known at Victoria Hall for his beuatiful tributes to Nick Drake, Federico Garcia Lorca and Leonard Cohen. This show is a chance to hear him sing and play as himself, with his own original material.
Keith has become one of the most active and inventive concert artists currently performing in the UK.
A very accomplished sound man with a BBC Maida Vale background, he worked for more than a decade as a record producer (1991 – 2004), working on albums with many of this Country’s profoundly talented musicians and writers.
Realising his definite preference for live performance and following a detailed study, 2001 witnessed Keith begin a UK wide tour of concerts based entirely on his love of the songwriter, Nick Drake. As Nick’s music had never been heard live by today’s music audience (he died in 1974) these concerts soon became a huge success; over the course of 15 years, Keith has played over 2000 of these shows; in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Spain, Italy and France, all of Nick’ Colleges and almost every British acoustic music festival including Glastonbury.
On from this, Keith has performed many different concerts over the past ten years. Each one centres on studies and transcriptions of revered Poets and Writers and includes a significant amount of bio-doc material . The most notable of these are two CD Albums and two hugely successful tours featuring the Poetry of Lorca set to music – The Gypsy Ballads 1928 and Poet in New York 1930. Other important projects are a CD Album and concert tour featuring a collection of Poetry by Dylan Thomas and an ongoing busy schedule of bio-doc concerts spanning over five years performing interpretive versions of songs by Leonard Cohen.
Keith is fiercely independent and therefore his career has for many years, existed in a parallel universe, almost under wraps, esoteric and secretive. He has enjoyed very little radio exposer, he doesn’t fit easily into any music category, he has never signed a recording or publishing deal. Despite this, he has released thirteen CD Albums, all self-produced and self-published. The most recent from 2015 is entitled Always, a collection of his own poetry set to music along with one by Pablo Neruda from the 1930s.