24 May, 2017 20.00
Keith James. Solid Air Concert
John Martyn OBE, albeit a maverick and a wildcard, was an incredibly sensitive songwriter with a knowledge and natural ability on guitar that was effortless; a tradition passed down to him through the new folk movement of the 1960’s populated by Davy Graham, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. His songs always float perfectly in that existential space that is loving and personal; not rejecting a folk style but on a cloud of their own, unique and encapsulated within the emotions of one Man. John’s highest artistic period was in the early 1970’s during which he released his most contagious and listened to Album ‘Solid Air’ (written for Nick Drake), his finest and much remembered collection.
Nick Drake. Well where to begin.. A friend of John’s throughout the short but brilliant time he spent as a Singer/Songwriter and recording artist. Nick was hardly noticed at the time; overshadowed by many other more strident artists (John included) during an incredibly influential period in popular music. It was only over the past decade that his perfect, fragile songs and his intricate guitar style have been discovered or re-discovered by a more restful, greying and understanding audience worldwide and his genius has been fully appreciated. Nick’s songs, to be found on his three precious Albums: Five leaves left, Bryter Latyer and Pink Moon are amongst the most un-improvable and personally connecting compositions of a songwriter to have ever come into human consciousness. Nick Drake is now revered and loved the world over. He died in 1974.
Keith James has played over 1,500 concerts celebrating this wonderful music. His concerts have never been considered as a tribute, much more a personal and intimate performance of something uniquely beautiful that can otherwise no longer be heard in a live context.
Text written by Ian Rankin OBE
‘exquisite and unique’ BRFM
‘certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music’ The Guardian
‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent .