Keith James: A haunting and immaculately crafted concert The Songs of Nick Drake Also featured are poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style.
Nick Drake is the most revered and loved of all this country’s Singer/Songwriters. He has given us timeless songs that shed all the tears of life within their fragile yet perfect lines. 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 was released in 2015, written by his elder Sister, Gabrielle Drake. This meticulously compiled volume looks at every aspect of Nick’s life and music, throwing light on many shadowy corners of mystery and supposition.
Two decades have now passed since Singer/Guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole Country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this immaculate and intriguingly fragile music to Theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. The result was six years of highly acclaimed tours amounting to over 1000 concerts in venues across the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges – even Glastonbury Festival.
During his time at Cambridge, Nick became particularly enchanted with the Poetry of William Blake 1757 –1827 – Blake’s influence runs like a warm stream throughout Nick’s music. As a way of continuing his devotion and evaluation, Keith has set a small but powerful collection of Blake’s poems to Nick’s guitar arrangements, featuring his tunings, fluent technique and instinctual sense of melancholy.
‘Musicians brave enough to make the music they really believe in. Keith James is one of these’ Bob Harris
‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent
“A fresh and powerful approach to these wonderful songs” Patrick Humphries – Nick Drake biographer
“An absolute must” Mark Radcliffe – BBC Radio 2