These remarkable songs – stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual.

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub-textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line.

With a lifetime reputation of performing and an undying love of song Keith James performs this amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of Cohen’s greatest songs in their original form.

Included in the concert are Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah alongside rarer writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life. Keith has also transcribed into song one of Leonard Cohen’s poems from his collection ‘Book of longing’.

Also included are Keith’s dramatic and absorbing performances based on the work of Federico Garcia Lorca – Cohen’s greatest influence.

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“Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear”

The Independent

“Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice”

Sunday Times

“certainly the UK’s most celebrated and evocative interpreter of golden music”

The Guardian

The Songs of Leonard Cohen

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