Yusuf Cat Stevens – performed by Keith James

Keith James sings Yusuf Cat Stevens

Date/Time
Friday 15 January 2021
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre

Categories
Music


£13 or £10 or £6 – please pay what you can:  wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts

Update 1 November: After yesterday’s government announcement, this concert will not now happen as advertised. We have rescheduled it to Friday 15 January. Existing ticket holders for the original date will be offered a refund or the chance to move their booking to the new date.

Keith James has performed at the Arts Centre twice already, in his tribute shows to Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake.

He writes, “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-conceptualized and re-imagined and gifted back to us among all the uncertainties of 2020 and beyond. (Release September 2020)

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 revered 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.

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 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 vision, truth and human fragility.

Covid-Secure Guidelines

  • Seating: if you’re coming with others and want to sit together an a ‘bubble’, please book tickets under the same name, or email boxoffice@ashburtonarts.org.uk to let us know which bookings should be seated together. Groups of more than 2 may be assigned reserved seating – please check.
  • The audience will be limited, and seats arranged in a socially-distanced way, 1m – 2m between bubbles.
  • The hall will be well-ventilated (doors and windows open), so while there will also be some heating, please dress warmly.
  • Face masks should be worn when inside the building, except when eating or drinking.
  • There will be at-seat service from the bar.
  • At the interval, please remain seated.
  • If you use the loos at the Arts Centre, please be aware that they have limited ventilation.
  • Soap and water, and hand sanitser are provided: please use them.
Thanks for your patience and cooperation with these measures, which aim to reduce the chances of any corona virus infection being passed on and spread.