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Performathon & Gala Concert (Phoenix Theatre Singers) – Sat 28th October

Upcoming films being shown at The Phoenix Theatre include (see http://www.rosscinema.com for details) :

Patriots Day – Friday 20th October

The Songs of Leonard Cohen – Keith James – Sunday 22nd October

His wonderful Tower of Songs – stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual.

This concert forms part of a highly successful and critically acclaimed tour of 350 venues and has been performed to over 100,000 people.

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush 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. This World will miss him very much!..

With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying 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 in their original perfect form.

Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released only 10 days before his death – produced by his Son, Adam.

‘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
‘an elegant and beautifully crafted reinterpretation of a great Artist’s words’ BBC Radio Scotland

‘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

Keith James’ website www.keith-james.com

Keith James – Duende – Sunday 17th December

A unique and breath-taking concert of Spanish Poetry set to music.

The haunting and exotic poetry of the most celebrated writers in the Spanish Language: Federico Garcia Lorca, Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Pablo Neruda. Their dramatic and sensual poetry, performed as Songs and meticulously set to Keith’s rich, daring and fiery Classical guitar, in a way that embraces the very fabric of these beautiful words, both surreal and romantic, until every tear is shed, every picture caught.

There is a huge resurgence of interest in the life and literary output of Federico Garcia Lorca. Yerma, one of his most rich and powerful dramas has recently taken the west end by storm with Billie Piper taking the lead role. The anniversary of the Spanish Civil War has noticed almost all of Europe looking back on Lorca’s poetry and dramas as their concepts and words pull us inwards like a cyclone, only to then be standing face to face with the very same human frailties – just 80 years on..

Keith James is one of this country’s most cherished concert artists. Well known for his ability to bring depth and vibrancy to his interpretations. He has performed over 2000 concerts celebrating the work of Nick Drake, Lorca, Dylan Thomas, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.This concert is sung both in English and Spanish and mostly features the Classical and Flamenco guitar.
Press reviews for Keith’s new Album Tenderness Claws – a collection of poetry set to music.
‘The Poems are treated to some fine arrangements, lifting each of them to another level’ Northern Sky
‘A five star Album by anyone’s standards’ Fatea Magazine
‘Finely crafted and played, exquisitely produced and highly recommended’ Folking.com
‘A remarkable array of sound to accompany remarkable words’ R2 Magazine
Keith James’ website www.keith-james.com

 

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