Songs of Nick Drake and contemporaries performed in Carlisle

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Keith James
Keith James

VOCALIST and guitarist Keith James returns to Cumbria with another of his comprehensive covers sets, bringing the Songs of Nick Drake show to Carlisle this weekend.

He performs an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters such as Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn, Bridget St John and Bert Jansch, before a performance of Drake's best known works.

The show at the Old Fire Station on Sunday October 1 will also feature two poems by William Blake, which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style.

Nick Drake is one of the most revered and loved of all this country’s singer-songwriters. 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.

A number of years have now passed since Keith James toured the whole country with his 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 more than a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 1,500 shows in venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain, including all of Nick’s schools and colleges, and even Glastonbury festival.

James has also appeared live in Cumbria in recent years with tribute shows to Leonard Cohen and Cat Stevens.

The Songs of Nick Drake comes to the Old Fire Station on Sunday October 1, from 7.30pm, and tickets are available from the venue's booking office.

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