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UNICEF CONCERT KEITH JAMES – THE MUSIC OF YUSUF – CAT STEVENS – Thursday 17 October 2019

Keith James Presents an honest and loving reflection of the timeless and insightful music of Yusuf – Cat Stevens

The amassed body of music from this hugely popular and sincerely adored singer/songwriter made for a collection of ‘must have’ records across a whole generation. Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat were on everyone’s turntables and on every radio station, live versions are played in concerts, bars and on the world’s beaches to this day. Songs such as Wild World, Father and Son, Moonshadow and Where do the Children Play have been covered by hundreds of Artists worldwide.

Keith James, is a well respected and inventive guitarist singer/songwriter who specialises in performing intimate, carefully researched biographic style concerts. He weaves the story of Cat Stevens’ life from his early pop career, life threatening illness and spiritual journey around a performance of his well crafted and memorable songs.

This concert will give you far more than just the music itself…
There is a huge amount of insight into the history and the spirit ofCat Stevens; his early pop career, his illness that changed him existentially and spiritually into an incredibly thoughtful and loving singer songwriter; such that his songs are remembered instantly for their uplifting sense of truth, promise and understanding of human fragility. Much to t alk about about the background and embryo of each song; some of which will be performed as all of us remember and some are carefully and intuitively re-voiced – respectfully re-interpreted with rich, balanced guitar arrangements and a more personal vocal approach.

Yusuf campaigns on many educational and humanitarian issues, He was awarded the ‘Man of Peace’ award by the Nobel Peace Laureates.
In 2015 and he received the Lifetime achievement award from BBC Radio 2 and the Ivor Novello Award for outstanding song collection.
He has received two honorary doctorates and awards for promoting peace from two organisations founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

‘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

‘a sensitive and pleasingly understated delivery, all the better that the songs might speak for themselves’ Acoustic Magazine

Proceeds and audience donations from this tour of concerts will go to the UNICEF Syrian Children appeal.

THE KORGIS – Friday 15 November 2019

Change your heart, look around you. Change your heart, it will astound you.

We are delighted to welcome worldwide chart topping legends The Korgis to the mill for a special show on Friday 15 November 2019.

The Korgis are a British pop band known for the hit singles ‘Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime’, ‘If I Had You,’ ‘Dumb Waiters,’ ‘If It’s Alright With You Baby’ and many more. They are led by original singer/bassist James Warren (also a former member of 1970s cult prog-rock band Stackridge), and include vocalist John Baker and guitarist Al Steele from the 1990s Korgis touring band.

Keyboardist Glenn Tommey and powerhouse drummer Paul Smith make up the rhythm section and ‘Born To Win’ provide brilliant backing vocals and bring a vibrant energy to each performance. James and the band have worked hard at creating a show that is both musically and visually exciting.

Going back to the very first Stackridge song ever released, through all the Korgis hits and favourites plus excellent new material, the 2019 show has elicited comments such as ‘flawless musicianship’ and ‘breath-taking musicality’. A treat not to be missed.

Tickets are £15 Advance, £17 Door and can be bought online from Skiddle