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Saturday 28th April 2018
Keith James in concert - The Songs of Leonard Cohen : 8pm
His wonderful Tower of 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, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke 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. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert in Theatres and Arts Centres across the UK, giving almost 400 concerts to over 100,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career in music. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and Andalucia, Spain
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 weeks 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
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CARMINA : 8pm
Carmina's music blends contemporary acoustic, traditional Celtic and Jazz styles in original songs. During their long history the band has recorded many albums; two of these were produced by Irish music legend Dónal Lunny and have had excellent reviews worldwide. The album My Crescent City, their second collaboration with Dónal, who produced and also guested on it, earned Carmina a major publishing deal with Peter Gabriel's Real World company and was hailed as '...absolutely gorgeous - a masterpiece...' (Frank Hennessey, BBC Wales Celtic Heartbeat) and '... a musical feast - 9+/10...'(www.folkforum.nl) - and voted Album of the Week on RT? 1 (Irish national radio).
Carmina have recently recorded a new album, entitled Landmarks, at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios; this features their own core band of world-class players, some of the best UK jazz and folk musicians, and 2 choirs. As well as featuring new original material, the CD includes new arrangements of both traditional Celtic and contemporary material, and is released on I&E Records in association with Real World music publishing.
The Carmina band features established professional musicians of the highest calibre. Singer and songwriter Pippa Marland has ‘a wondrous voice, enchanting and emoting’ (Time Out) and is also an accomplished saxophonist, adding alto/soprano saxes and whistles to the mix of instruments. She and masterful arranger/songwriter Rob King (acoustic guitar, mandola, bodhrán) are the founders of Carmina, and compose the songs around which the band weave their magic, crossing musical boundaries effortlessly and blending styles organically into a subtle but powerful original sound.
Pippa and Rob are joined for this gig by core Carmina band member Paul Bradley - Paul is a brilliant, maverick guitar virtuoso, originally from Belfast and currently living in Bristol (he is also known as a member of the band 'Three Cane Whale') – he is also a wonderful singer, with a great harmonising ear and a voice which perfectly complements Pippa's own lead vocals.
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