THE SONGS of Leonard Cohen can be heard at Keighley café-bistro the Lemon Tree through the voice of Keith James.

Keith will present his acclaimed show Songs of Leonard Cohen on January 30 at the Oakworth Road venue, with stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual renditions. 

A spokesman said: “Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line.

“Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognize our own fragility.”

“With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’, Keith gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form.”

Included in the concert are songs like Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah alongside rarer and profound writing such as Who by Fire, Joan of Arc and Secret Life.

Singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine will return to the Lemon Tree to perform on the evening of February 8, and will run a songwriting workshop the same day from 10am to 5pm.

His new album Before is described as a timely reminder of the power of simplicity, Hewerdine’s lyricism set to a sublime backdrop of vintage instrumentation.

Visit or call 01535 662825 to book tickets.