Jim Causley

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Autumn 2017 availability solo and trio.
30 Jan – 4 Feb 2018 (NE/Scotland tour).

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BIO

Nominated ‘Folk Singer of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017.

Jim Causley celebrates over a decade as an acclaimed solo artist and performer with a brand new studio album Forgotten Kingdom, released by Hands On Music on February 19th 2016, and a supporting tour. The album is his first album of entirely self-penned material. His first three solo albums all largely comprised traditional songs and his fourth, Cyprus Well, drew on poems written by Jim’s late relative Charles Causley and set to music by Jim.

Forgotten Kingdom is a broad collection of songs inspired by Causley’s native Westcountry, mixing ancient history with the songwriter’s own personal history and experience of the world. Themes range from the Saxon invasion of the area, the Celtic diaspora, to very personal explorations of love and geographical identity. This is certainly Causley’s most musically ambitious work to date.

Remarkably, given the prominence of his native West County in his music, Forgotten Kingdom is the first occasion Jim has actually recorded an album in his home county of Devon. Working alongside award-winning co-producer Mark Tucker, this was a project Causley has long dreamt of creating. For this decennary celebration, Jim has invited some of his closest musical friends to join him as guests. Among them are long-time collaborators James Dumbelton, Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, all three members of Show of Hands on whose label (Hands On Music) the album is being released; contemporaries Seth Lakeman, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Kathryn Roberts, Lukas Drinkwater and Jackie Oates a.o.

Since the release of his debut album in 2005, Causley’s unique voice and persona have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk music scene. A prolific collaborator, Causley is hugely admired for his work with iconic groups The Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley as well as playing, touring and recording alongside Waterson:Carthy, John McCusker, Eddie Reader, Graham Coxson, Shirley Collins, Michael Morpurgo, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame and many more.

During the past decade Causley has been nominated for no less than five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, won the Spiral Earth Singer of the Year award in 2014, presented his own folk music show on BBC Radio Devon and in 2015 he worked with BBC TV historian Dr Sam Willis to create the music for his show ‘Highwaymen, Outlaws and Villains‘ and was asked to perform his song ‘Pride of the Moor’ on BBC TV’s Countryfile – Dartmoor Special.

Male Singer of the Year – Spiral Earth Awards 2014

Top 10 Folk Albums of 2013 – The Telegraph

Jim Causley and his fellow folk musicians bring it to life with real zest, his deep baritone voice soaring as he sings. **** 4 stars The Telegraph

      

Tour Dates

03/06/2017Halsway ManorTAUNTON
04/06/2017Charles Causley Festival (with Trio)LAUNCESTON
05/06/2017Wardrobe TheatreBRISTOL
25/06/2017Leigh Folk FestivalLEIGH ON SEA
03/07/2017Nettlebed Village Club (with Friends)HENLEY-ON-THAMES
08/07/2017Priddy Folk FestivalPRIDDY
21/07/2017Traditional Singing Weekend at CullerlieABERDEENSHIRE
25/07/2017Folkworks Junior Summer SchoolDURHAM
30/07/2017Festival At The EdgeMUCH WENLOCK
11/08/2017Sidmouth FolkWeekSIDMOUTH
12/08/2017Dartmoor Folk FestivalOKEHAMPTON
13/08/2017Dartmoor Folk Festival (with Trio)OKEHAMPTON
19/08/2017Sterts Theatre (with Trio)LISKEARD
24/08/2017Cornwall Folk FestivalWADEBRIDGE
28/08/2017Towersey Festival (with Trio)THAME
01/09/2017The Ram Folk Club (with Trio)THAMES DITTON
02/09/2017The Met (with Trio)BURY
27/09/2017Cecil Sharp HouseLONDON
14/10/2017Hartlepool Folk Festival (with Trio)HARTLEPOOL
25/10/2017The Forge at the AnvilBASINGSTOKE
26/10/2017Ashcroft Arts CentreFAREHAM
27/10/2017The Goose is Out!LONDON