The Songs of Leonard Cohen. These remarkable songs - stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual.
Enigmatic, mysterious and sub-textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and the courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line.
The chilling announcement of Leonard’s death 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 recognise our own fragility. Our World misses 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. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 500 concerts – close to 150,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and Andalusia, Spain.
Included in the concert are Cohen’s well known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah alongside his rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Also included are songs from his posthumous album Thanks for the Dance and 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’ written whilst on retreat during the 1990s.
‘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 ‘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
Anthem by Keith James – YouTube video
Keith James’s website