Keith keeping Drake’s work alive

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Singer and guitarist Keith James will be dusting down the music of Nick Drake at the Prince Arthur in Fleetwood tonight as part of his latest UK and Ireland tour.

Drake was a singer and songwriter who died in 1974, aged just 26, who although he only recorded three albums, has influenced umpteen musicians over the years including Kate Bush and Paul Weller.

Drake’s manager Joe Boyd had a clause in his Island Records contract about the musicians recordings, stating that they would always be available and remain permanently in the label’s catalogue.

In 2000, Volkswagen used the title track from Drake’s album Pink Moon in a TV advert and within a month, Nick Drake sold more records than he had in the past 30 years.

Keith James established his reputation performing Drake’s songs, and tonight’s appearance is one of just three scheduled this year for his covers from the albums Five Leaves Left, Bryter Later and Pink Moon.

Keith set up his own recording studio in the early 1990s and spent the rest of the decade working as a producer and sound engineer. He is still involved in production, working on Australian Derrin Nauendorf’s latest recording.

Derrin will also be appearing at the Prince Arthur as part of his forthcoming UK tour.

More used to large venues these days, Keith (pictured left) admits to still having a love of small intimate ones with plenty of atmosphere.

The gig begins at 9pm. Admission is free.