Jim Causley

March 2009 (Mawkin:Causley), 5 February 2010, 28 March 2014, 27 October 2017

Jim Causley on a beehiveWell we first saw Jim sing as a third of The Devil’s Interval, and we first saw him at the Goose as part of Mawkin:Causley in  2009.

Wash our mouths/beaks out, we know they were the  latest folkie boy band at the time, and were nominated for awards and stuff, but we have always thought Jim shone best as a singer singing solo.

We  had the chance to prove it to our lovely Goose audiences in 2010, and  Jim returned to the Goose in 2014 to headline at The Ivy House! Now (2017) we are delighted that he is coming back to headline again at an Ivy House concert!

 

Here’s some blurb, most of it shamelessly nicked from Wikepedia ……

Jim Causley is a folk singer and musician from Devon  who specializes in thetraditional  songs and music of the West Country. Hailing from the village of  Whimple in East Devon, Jim  was born in Exeter and is related to the Cornish poet Charles Causley (coincidentally a long-time favourite of Sue’s 🙂 )

Causley grew up surrounded by traditional music from his family. His village was in the heart of cider country, with its thriving wassailing  tradition, and also close to Sidmouth and Dartmoor folk festivals. Jim was a longstanding member of the Pennymoor Singaround.

After studying Performing Arts and Jazz & Popular Music at Exeter College, Jim  went on to study Folk and Traditional Music at  Newcastle University, and it was there that  he began gaining a reputation as a talented singer on the wider UK folk scene.

He  released his debut album, Fruits of the Earth, in 2005. Noted for his rich, fruity bass voice and cheeky stage presence, Causley guested with Martyn Wyndham-Read on Song Links 2, a great double  album which linked English traditional songs w ith their American variants.

In 2006 , Jim was nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, and  in 2007 his vocal trio, The Devil’s Interval, were nominated for the same award. As part of  The Devil’s Interval, Jim  toured with Waterson–Carthy as part of their annual Frost and Fire tour for six consecutive years. In 2006 he collaborated with them on their album Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man.  The Devil’s Interval also released their debut album in that year, Blood & Honey.

After graduating from university, Jim returned home to Devon and since then  has worked with Scottish fiddle player John McCusker in his Under One Sky projec, which united the English and Scottish traditions. He  also toured and recorded with Essex instrumental quartet Mawkin as Mawkin:Causley (who appeared at the Goose back in the day!) He also toured with, amongst others, Bella Hardy, Show of Hands and Kate Rusby.

2013 saw the release of perhaps Jim’s ‘s most celebrated works to date; Cyprus Well, an album of his settings of poems by his relative, the Cornish poet Charles Causley . The album was named after – and recorded in! –  the late poet’s house, Cyprus Well in Launceston, Cornwall.  This album featured Jim mostly playing piano (as opposed to his more usual accordion).

In 2016 Jim released two albums. The first was Forgotten Kingdom, his first ever album of entirely self-penned songs which featured a large cast of well regarded West Country musicians.

The second album of 2016 was a commission by the Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival (BMPF).  Following Jim’s work with the poems of Charles Causley on Cyprus Well, the BMPF invited him to create a similar project with another Cornish poet whose centenary was that year – Jack Clemo, a close friend of Charles Causley,  who was best man at his wedding.  Jim worked with author and Clemo expert Dr Luke Thompson to create this album and enlisted the help of a small group of Cornish musicians plus a children’s choir from the school near to where Clemo lived for two of the tracks. This album featured Jim’s ‘s most piano-heavy and experimental works to date.

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