"An absolute must"
- Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
Nick Drake is the most revered and truly loved of all of 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 on a worldwide scale, re-evaluating his Life and his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure.
An important book Remembered for a while has just been released, written by his elder Sister, Gabrielle Drake. This expansive volume throws light on many shadowy corners of mystery and supposition.
A number of years have now passed since Singer/Guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole Country 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 intriguingly fragile music to Theatres across the UK in its pure, live concert form. The end result was almost a decade of highly acclaimed tours amounting to over 1000 concerts in venues across the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain including all of Nick’s Schools and Colleges - even Glastonbury Festival.
This new concert will have, as far as can be possible, a fresh and rewarding set list and will include an interpretation of a Molly Drake composition, a transcription of a poem by William Blake (Nick’s greatest influence) and a song by Sixto Rodriguez – an unusually similar songwriter from the exact same era, but from a parallel universe.
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.
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.