As part of the 25th anniversary Capitol Theater Season Series we are proud to present James Keelaghan 25th Anniversary Tour on Friday, November 2 at 8 p.m.
Admiration and respect for his work amongst his peers is reflected in the words of David Francey who recently stated that “James Keelaghan is a voice in contemporary Canadian songwriting that has helped us define who we are as a people,” said Dave Marsh, the award-winning American music critic and historian who not so long ago stated that Keelaghan is Canada’s finest songwriter. Those few but powerful words of praise say it all about an artist who continues to set the bar at a lofty height.
“He writes with great humanity and honesty, with an eye to the past and a vision of the future. He has chronicled his times with powerful and abiding songs, with heart and eyes wide open.”
Keelaghan is Canada’s finest singer-songwriter as stated by one of the most respected music journalists of the last 50 years. Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons.
Performance-wise, Keelaghan is as classy and compelling as ever, his gorgeously rich baritone voice and exemplary guitar work are the hallmarks of an artist in full command of his material and his resources.
As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, curiosity intent and intensity.
His masterful storytelling has, over the course of nine recordings, been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan nominations and awards – including a Juno – and acclaim from Australia to Scandinavia.
Possessed of an insatiable appetite for finding the next unique story line, Keelaghan forges his pieces with brilliant craftsmanship and monogrammed artistic vision, making him one of the most distinctive and readily identifiable voices on both the Canadian and international singer-songwriter scenes.
His journey has attracted fans of literate and layered songwriting to join him on his artistic expeditions, some of which weave their way through marvelously etched historical stories with underlying universal themes, others of which mine the depths of the soul and the emotional trails of human relations.
“[Keelaghan] has become the complete artist. A brilliant tunesmith who has become one of the most engaging performers of our time. You always know the journey with James is going to be great, you just never know what all the destinations are. That is why the curve on his career continues to rise,” said Terry Wickham, producer of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
Buy tickets for this musical feast online at capitoltheatre.bc.ca or charge by phone 250.352-6363. Tickets $25 Adult $20 Season package/Full Time Student.