The Songs of Nick Drake Tour Spring 2008

"An absolute must"
- Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

The recognition and popularity of Nick Drake has now reached such proportions that he will always be seen as a landmark, a beauty, a thread of creativity that will forever span the rapids of modern music.

Nick recorded only three albums in his short career and has since been seen as somewhat of a mystery. At the time he was largely unnoticed, considered to be too fragile and painful to engage the wilder audiences of the early 70s. Now, more than 30 years on, Nick Drake has become the most revered of all English singer/songwriters.

Together with poems by William Blake, set to Nick Drake’s guitar arrangements

Singer-guitarist Keith James began astounding audiences in 2001 with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled 'The Songs of Nick Drake'. In the last decade Keith has toured the UK and Europe performing over 1,000 concerts dedicated to Drake's music and combining it with the poems of William Blake.

Nick Drake is one of the most revered and loved singer-songwriters. His music is both timeless and priceless. After Drake's tragic death in 1974 (aged 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.

"His songs shed all the tears of life within their fragile yet perfect lines." Keith James

During Drake's time at Cambridge, he became enchanted with Blake's poetry and his 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.

Audience Feedback

Hi Keith

Just a little email to say how much I enjoyed your show at the Platform on Thursday night.

I thought your interpretations of Nick's songs were stunning, and beautifully sympathetic. I was actually moved to tears (in a nice way) during "Fruit Tree," my favourite of Nick's songs.

I noticed at the end of each song a slight lull as if, like me, everyone wanted to savour every last note. I was certainly taken on a little journey back in time to when things were less complicated, the sun seemed brighter, but most importantly, people still indicated at roundabouts!

I'm not musical at all, but I do appreciate fine musicians when I hear them. Together with Rick you gave us a set that was honest and pure - the way music should be, well in my book anyway!

I thought your own material was great; without wanting to sound too gushing, it was very thought provoking, and I intend checking it out in more depth..

All that remains for me to say is thank you both for a truly magical evening, and good luck with all your forthcoming events.

Kindest regards,

Sheena

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