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Keith James
The Songs of Nick Drake

Press Release 2013

Nick Drake is the most revered and loved of all of this country’s Singer/Songwriters. Both timeless and priceless. Songs that shed all the tears of life within their fragile yet perfect lines. 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.

A number of years have now passed since Singer/Guitarist Keith James began to paralyse audiences 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 intriguing music to Theatres across the UK in its pure concert form. The end result has now been more than a decade of highly acclaimed tours amounting to over 1000 concerts across the British Isles, Europe and 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 BBC Radio 2
"Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear" The Independent