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There’s no denying it, Canada has a musical history to be proud of, from Neil Young and Leonard Cohen to Joni Mitchell. Hell, you could even include Alanis Morrisette and Avril Lavigne in that list (though in this instance we’ll ignore those). And now, singer Keith James is taking to the road for his Great Canadian Songbook tour – which is coming to a venue near you this Autumn.
The Great Canadian Songbook is an intimate solo concert of personal interpretations of the music of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. An evening of some of the best songs ever written.
Also included are some rare and never transcribed poetry by both Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen that Keith has, with great pain and respect set to music.
Many of the evenings begins with a bio-documentary on the life and music of Joni Mitchell.
First up is a date in Devon this month then November sees him playing in Bath, Swansea and Dorset (it’s a little off patch but one of his gigs is at possibly the best pub in the world – The Square and Compass – so well worth the trek!).
Then in December, he heads back to Wales and plays a one off date in Gloucestershire.
As if that wasn’t enough, he’s back next year to play his Great Canadian Songbook gig in Monmouthshire before ending near to where he started in Devon.

Full South West and Wales dates as follows:

Thursday October 21:
Exeter Picture House (8.45pm)
Box Office – 0871 902 5747

Saturday November 13:
Dorchester Arts Centre Dorset (8pm)
Box Office – 01305 266926

Thursday November 18
The Rondo Theatre Bath (8pm)
Box Office – 01225 463362 / 444003

Friday November 19
Square and Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset (8.30pm)
Box Office – 01929 439229

Saturday November 27
The Chattery Swansea (8pm)
Box Office – 01792 473276

Thursday December 2
Wyeside Arts Centre Builth Wells, Powys (8pm)
Box Office – 01982 552555

Saturday December 4
The New Brewery Arts Centre Cirencester, Gloucestershire (8pm)
Box Office – 01285 657181

Sunday December 5
Cardiff Arts Institute (8pm)
Box Office – 029 20 231 252

Friday January 28, 2011
The Tredegar Arms, Shirenewton, Monmouthshire (8pm)
Box Office – 01291 641274

Wednesday March 23, 2011
Poole Lighthouse Arts Centre Dorset (8pm)
Box Office – 0844 4068666

Thursday March 24, 2011
Otterton Mill East Devon (8pm)
Box Office – 01395 568521