In two weeks Mister Keith and his mini orchestra embark on a ten date tour of unique parlour concerts for LIVE&LOCAL rural touring.
“This tour is about gathering the community in unusual places and telling stories of life, love and loss through great songs. When I was writing and recording the latest album ‘Record of Wrongs’ I knew that these were the type of concerts the music was being written for. When I discovered the Rural Touring network, the match was perfect.”
Mister Keith will be touring ten venues across five counties between September and January. All of the venues will be intimate to allow the songs to fire the imagination.
“It’s a very eclectic show and suitable or all ages. Alongside some glorious music from the multi-instrumental mini orchestra, there are some great moments of spontaneity. You’ll be singing as a choir, writing a song on the spot and joining the band!”
Among the many musicians on tour with Mister Keith is the well-known percussionist Chip Bailey (who works with Duke Special) who’ll perform on all shows and guest Double Bass player John Parker (Nizlopi) who will play on 29/30 September only.
This tour comes hot on the heels of performances at Eroica Festival, Derbyshire, where Mister Keith supported eighties band ABC and then played to a late-night capacity Arts Tent – leading hundreds in a singalong! The rest of the summer was spent teaching young people how to write songs at various summer residentials.
“The show is very interactive. I want to take the audience on a journey with the songs and tell stories that resonate with their own experiences.”
Songwriting is indeed important for Mister Keith. Writing for 32 years, he has produced 14 albums, written with, performed with and interviewed many leading artists. He has also led songwriting workshops in many countries and appeared on BBC, iTV, Five and MTV.
SEPTEMBER 29 Barrow-upon-Soar, nr Loughborough (Leics) / Humphrey Perkins Community Centre / 07718 153 117
SEPTEMBER 30 Great Longstone, nr Bakewell (Derbys) / Great Longstone Village Hall
OCTOBER 14 Tansley, nr Matlock (Derbys) / Tansley Village Hall / 07748 545 287
OCTOBER 20 Hill Ridware nr Rugeley (Staffs) / Hill Ridware Village Hall / 01543 490 873
OCTOBER 21 Draycott-in-the-Clay nr Uttoxeter (Derbys) / Draycott-in-the-Clay Village Hall / 01283 820 357
NOVEMBER 17 Skegness, Lincolnshire / Skegness Grammar School
DECEMBER 8 Caistor, Lincolnshire / Caistor Town Hall
JANUARY 26 Church Lench nr Evesham (Worcs) / Church Lench Village Hall / 01386 870 794
JANUARY 27 Normanton on Trent, Nottinghamshire / Normanton on Trent Village Hall / 07823449381
FEBRUARY 2 Claverdon, Warwickshire / Claverdon Church Centre / 01926 842110