Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line.
The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing 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 recognise our own fragility. A Man of Grace. This world will miss 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 almost 400 concerts to over 100,000 people. This has proved to be one of the greatest honours in Keith James' 40 year career in music. Keith lives in Powys, Wales and Andalucia, Spain.
Amongst a concert of such songs as: Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music, Cohen's greatest influence. There will also be songs from "You want it Darker" released only weeks before his death - produced by his son, Adam.
Keith James' website
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Ewen Macintosh AKA Big Keith from BBC's The Office, hosts the ultimate Office Quiz as part of the Neath Comedy Festival. The cult character from the smash hit sitcom puts the audience/contestants through their paces with a chance to win prizes and of course get a photo with the big man himself.
Friday 6th July 8pm - £6 or £25 for a team of 6
Kids? Does your grown up get bored easily? Then bring them along to this family friendly comedy extravaganza featuring award-winning, internationally renowned comics who specialise in children's comedy. Great entertainment for everyone over the age of six.
Sunday 8th July 1pm - £3
“Stands out like a droll giant in a comedy land of trite dwarfs” – The Independent
“Huge fan!” – The Sunday Times
Long before starring on Britains Got Talent, the legend that is surreal Welsh comic Noel James has been cited by household names such as Dylan Moran, Tim Vine and Frank Skinner as their favourite comedian of all time and a massive influence on their career. He delivers a rich diet of side-splitting gags and bizarre flights of fancy in his unique, funny and shambolic manner. Noel has performed at all the biggest comedy clubs and international comedy festivals as well as making several TV appearances in both English and Welsh.
This show features a support act, and will be compared by Neath Comic Paul James.
Sunday 15th July 8pm - £7