Keith James – Celebrating the Songs of Nick Drake

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Date(s) - 23/02/2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Doors open 7.30pm.

Tickets £12 online or from Box Office/01653 696240

A haunting and immaculately crafted concert – ‘Celebrating the Songs of Nick Drake’

This concert begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick Drake. Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn, Bridget St John and Bert Jansch.

Also featured are two poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style.

Nick Drake would be 70 this year and we continue to wonder at his music, the most revered and loved of all this country’s singer/songwriters.

Nick 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.

His timeless and fragile songs are a captured moment from which all life changes into a new landscape, into a resting place for our souls.

A number of years 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 fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. The end result was over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 2000 shows in venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges – even Glastonbury Festival. Keith now brings this unique music to The Milton Rooms.

‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent

‘An extremely accomplished guitarist with the ability to breath fresh light with his imaginative arrangements’ Acoustic Magazine

‘Meticulous dissection of Nick Drake’ idiosyncratic guitar techniques handled with surgical precision’ Northern Sky