The Songs of Leonard Cohen
Each Song stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual
‘There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in’ Cohen’s most memorable and visionary line from his
song ANTHEM. If ever there was a sentence in modern poetry to reflect on and give hope and understanding
to us all, it is this line. This Concert begins with ANTHEM.
Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact
sense of prose, wry humour and the courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the
stroke of each line.
Leonard's death 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. Our World misses 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 over 500 concerts – close to 150,000
people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James’ 40 year career. Keith lives in
Herefordshire, Scotland and sometimes in Andalusia, Spain.
Included in the concert are Cohen’s well-known songs: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne, and
Hallelujah alongside his rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Also
included are songs from his posthumous album Thanks for the Dance such as What happens to the Heart and
Keith’s dramatic performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence. Keith
has also transcribed into song one of Leonard’s poems from his collection ‘Book of longing’ written whilst on
retreat during the 1990s.
‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent
A percentage of the performance revenue from this Concert along with audience donations will be given to the
Ukranian Humanitarian Appeal - https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal
Reserved Seating – Seats are selected at the time of booking and reserved for you at the event.