Keith James in Concert – The Songs of Leonard Cohen is now in its eighth year; Hallelujah for Keith paying tribute to a singer-songwriting legend.
Enigmatic and mysterious, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and the courage to wrestle with human frailty with the stroke of each line. He challenged us to listen more carefully, think more deeply and recognise our own fragility… He was a ‘man of grace’.
Born in Canada in 1934 into a Canadian-Jewish family, Cohen studied poetry in high school and developed a passion for the subject. During this time he also learnt to play the guitar. During the 1950s and ‘60s, Cohen pursued a career as a writer, stemming from his high school passion, and it wasn’t until later in 1967 (aged 33) that he launched a music career.
With a lifetime reputation for performing with a similarly enigmatic and emotive style and a 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. Keith has performed over 400 of these concerts, regarding the opportunity as one of the greatest honours in his 40-year music career.
The concert includes Cohen’s well known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah alongside rarer and profound writing: Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life.
Also included are Keith’s dramatic performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence. Keith has also transcribed into song one of Leonard’s poems from his collection Book of Longing. This concert is a real showcase of Cohen’s life’s work and is a must see for any of his fans.
“Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear” The Independent
“Good work! Glad you are keeping Leonard’s songs alive” Sylvie Simmons, Biographer – The Life of Leonard Cohen
Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01905 611427