More than simply a folk-singer, multi award-winning singer-songwriter, musician and proud Devonian Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer, who during the past decade has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Jim has 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 about Dartmoor tin mining ‘Pride of the Moor‘ on BBC TV’s Countryfile – Dartmoor Special.
2017 was also the centenary of Jim’s relative; the celebrated Cornish poet Charles Causley and award winning filmmaker Jane Darke made a specially commissioned biographical film about the poet which aired on BBC4 TV on 1stOctober as part of the Centenary celebrations. The soundtrack to the film was composed entirely by Jim and featured music from his 2013 album ‘Cyprus Well’ of musical settings of Charles’ work. The Charles Causley Trust also commissioned Jim to create a new album of Causley’s children’s poems set to music for a new generation to discover as part of the Causley 100 celebrations. That resulted in the ‘I Am The Song’ album released on the WildGoose label.
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 scene. A prolific collaborator, Causley is hugely admired for his work with iconic groups The Devil’s Intervaland 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. He was described by Mojo Magazine as “the finest singer of his generation” and they put Forgotten Kingdom in their Top Ten Folk Albums of 2016 list. Westcountry father of folk Geoff Lakeman described Causley as possessing “A voice in a million” in a recent interview in the Western Morning News, some accolade indeed!
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