Part of Portsmouth Festivities
Time: 8.00 PM to 10.00 PM Location: The Guildhall Studio
Hear the surreal, haunting and exotic poetry of: Federico Garcia Lorca, Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, performed as songs and set to a collection of rich, daring and fiery classical guitar compositions. Already known for transcribing the work of William Blake, Dylan Thomas, Leonard Cohen and Jack Kerouac into intriguing and multi-dimensional songs, Keith James has now turned his attention to one of his greatest passions: the intoxicating and mysterious world of masterful Spanish writers.
About Keith James
Keith has become one of the most active and inventive concert artists currently performing in the UK.
A very accomplished sound man with a BBC Maida Vale background, he worked for more than a decade as a record producer (1991 – 2004), working on Albums with many of this Country’s profoundly talented musicians and writers.
Realising his definite preference for live performance and following a detailed study, 2001 witnessed Keith begin a UK wide tour of concerts based entirely on his love of the songwriter, Nick Drake. As Nick’s music had never been heard live by today’s music audience (he died in 1974) these concerts soon became a huge success; over the course of 17 years, Keith has played over 1500 of these shows in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Spain, Italy and France, all of Nick’ Colleges and almost every British acoustic music festival including Glastonbury.
On from this, Keith has performed many different concerts over the past decade, each one centres on studies and transcriptions of revered poets and writers and includes a significant amount of biographical and anecdotal material. The most notable of these are 2 CD albums and many successful concerts featuring the poetry of Lorca set to Keith’s music – The Gypsy Ballads 1927 and Poet in New York 1930. Other important projects are a CD album and concert tour featuring a collection of Poetry by Dylan Thomas and an ongoing busy schedule of bio-doc concerts spanning over 7 years featuring Keith’s interpretive approach to songs by Leonard Cohen.
Time: 8.00 PM to 10.00 PM
Location: The Guildhall Studio