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Friday 20 November 2015 @ 09:00pm :  -
Keith James



First half: A performance of ''ALWAYS'' Keith''s new original Album.
Second Half: A celebration of the music of JOHN MARTYN.

After more than a decade of dedicated study and more than 1000 acclaimed concerts performing the work of much admired Songwriters and Poets: Cohen, Lorca, Drake, Neruda, Blake and Dylan Thomas, Keith is releasing what can only be described as an amazing landmark original Album entitled ‘Always’. These 10 original songs (apart from Hiring Fair by Ralph McTell ), meticulously written and arranged, have come together slowly over the past 10 years or so and have matured with a strong sense of both personal and collective awareness, a tone that has been caught through older eyes; surreal, sub-textural, daring and provocative, showing anger and disturbance, humour, resolve, vision and sometimes compelling sadness.

Keith, who is essentially an acoustic Singer Songwriter, started as a musician on a small scale playing the wine bar circuit across the home counties during the late 70s and early 80s, carving the beginnings of a life time career in music during an era when he was swimming against the current tide. He recorded 4 Albums, played thousands of gigs, presented a number of really well received concerts and recorded many live sessions for the BBC at Maida Vale produced by the late Paul Walters.

After a couple of years break in South America towards the end of the 80s, Keith returned and set up a recording studio in Berkshire which lead to 15 years of consistently successful work as a producer and sound engineer, completing many impeccably well produced Albums for artists from that straddle the more organic spectrum - Folk, Singer-songwriter, Blues and Jazz: Luke Daniels, Lillian Boutte, Michael Messer, Derrin Nauendorf, Luke Jackson. Also having the pleasure to work on recordings with Nancy Kerr, Ben Castle, Clive Carroll, Dylan Howe, Tim Edey and both Alec and Jacqui Dankworth.

During these years, Keith recorded a great deal of his own material that he later to be released on 2 original CD Albums: Outsides and No 1 Paradise Road. All of Keith’s records feature amazing musicians, the most notable of which are Richard Causon Keyboards and Martin Ditcham Percussion.

In 2001 Keith pioneered the first of his now hugely acclaimed concerts entitled ‘The Songs of Nick Drake’. This was a turning point as demand for this concert presentation quickly gained momentum across the UK and it was only a couple of years before performing took over completely. This show has now well passed the 1000 marker and has visited Holland, France, Italy and Spain, all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges and Glastonbury Festival, mostly performing with the outstanding Double Bass player, Rick Foot. Keith is very intense, passionate and torturously meticulous with his work, he has great tenacity and will study a subject through to find its inner core and embryonic beginnings.

Keith’s more recent passions that have given birth to both Albums and concert tours are: The poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, Poet in New York – Lorca, the poetry of Isabel Allende, Pablo Neruda, William Blake, Dylan Thomas and Leonard Cohen. The study and transcriptions of Dylan Thomas’ poetry took close to a year to complete and produced a wonderful Album entitled Time Let Me Play and a well received tour during the second half of 2014. It hardly needs to be said that Keith’s studious and interpretive concert tour based on the work of Leonard Cohen (it often takes on the feel of an impromptu lecture or workshop) has been a huge success and is ongoing..



For "Always" Album:

“A writer of superior songs, Keith spreads his wings" ~ Dai Jeffries, R2 Magazine

“Master of musical phrasing. A superb songwriter with faultless delivery" ~ Frank Hennessy BBC Radio Wales

“Waiting for a miracle'' ? I think I''ve had mine ! Keith James just blew me away with this album’" ~ Mike Kennedy, Welsh Connections

“A fine song maker in his own right. Poetic sensitivity, a tenderness and soothing tranquility throughout." ~ Northern Sky

“Crafted with care, passion and love. No matter how many times you listen, it feels fresh and there is always something new to discover. No fillers here, every track is a gem!" ~ Alan Rutherford, Madhouse

“James’ own material and the assured, masterful manner in which he performs it, emerges as evocative and richly resonant" ~ Mike Davies,

“Always is absolutely wonderful! Great songs, great delivery, subtle and beautiful with a lot of atmosphere" ~ Phil Senior

“Colourful and passionate. Always is a bold, fresh and imaginative album that shows Keith’s skill and versatility. Despite his relaxed, casual and humorous style, there’s considerable sadness and anger to his emotional songs as he enters the surreal territory of those iconic artists he adores" ~ Anthony Weightman, Access All Areas


“certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music" ~ The Guardian

“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

“a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves" ~ Acoustic Magazine

“certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music" ~ The Guardian