Reflection of the music of Yusuf-Cat Stevens
By David Wood
Keith James presents an honest and loving reflection of the timeless and insightful music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens at Tetbury Goods Shed on Saturday, July 24.
It is hardly surprising that, to mark its 50th anniversary, Yusuf has entirely re-recorded and re-released his remarkable album Tea for the Tillerman, with each of the unforgettable 11 songs re-conceptualised and re-imagined and gifted back to us among all the uncertainties of 2020 and beyond.
During the early 1970s the amassed body of music from this hugely popular and sincerely loved 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 long standing, well respected and inventive concert performer who specialises in playing intimate, carefully researched biographic style concerts of those he has studied and revere as writers over the years.
He weaves the story of Cat Stevens' life from his early pop career, life-threatening illness and spiritual journey around a performance of his beautifully crafted and memorable songs.
There is a huge amount of insight into the history and the spirit of Cat 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 human fragility.
There's much to talk about the background and embryo of each song. Some will be performed as all of us remember. Others are carefully and intuitively re-voiced; respectfully re-interpreted with rich, balanced guitar arrangements and a more personal vocal approach.
Tickets £16 each from https://shed-arts.co.uk/event/keith-james-the-music-of-yusuf-cat-stevens-2/ . Pre-booked seats only (no tickets on the door). Licensed bar. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
For information about Keith James, visit www.keith-james.com/
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