Keith James

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

Poet, songwriter, music composer, concert performer

Keith has become one of the most active and inventive concert artists currently performing in the UK. Realising his definite preference for live performance, 2001 witnessed Keith begin a UK wide tour of concerts based entirely on his love of the songwriter, Nick Drake. As Nick’s music had never been heard live by today’s music audience (he died in 1974) these concerts soon became a huge success, and over the course of 16 years, Keith has played over 1500 of these shows in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Spain, Italy and France, and almost every British acoustic music festival including Glastonbury. 

Other important projects are a CD album and concert tour featuring a collection of Poetry by Dylan Thomas and an ongoing busy schedule of bio-doc concerts spanning over 9 years featuring Keith’s interpretive approach to the songs of Leonard Cohen. 

Keith is fiercely independent and therefore his career has for many years, existed in a parallel universe, almost under wraps, esoteric and secretive. He has enjoyed very little radio exposure, as he doesn’t fit easily into any music category, and has never signed a recording or publishing deal. Despite this, he has released 14 CD Albums, all self-produced and self-published.

Born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, Keith now lives in a writing retreat, way up in the hills of Powys, Wales, and some months of each year in Andalucía. He currently performs 100+ concerts per annum in theatres, art centres, galleries, as well as music, poetry and literary festivals. 

During 2019 he recorded and released another album project of poetry set to music which is seen to be the most exciting and acclaimed yet. Keith chose to transcribe the unforgettable words of Pablo Neruda, Maya Angelou, Kahlil Gibran, Frida Kahlo and Kate Tempest. Recorded and mixed by Branwen Munn, the Album was released in August 2019 with concerts of this material over the autumn

“Keith James has become a pillar of trust, a sublimely intimate and engaging voice”  The Sunday Times