Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/musician passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Westcountry. He became involved with traditional music at a young age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple, East Devon.
Aside from his flourishing performing career, Jim has recorded with a goodly number of respected artists including Show of Hands, John McCusker and David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame. In recent years, projects have included touring with Steve Knightley and Kate Rusby and recording an album of poems by his distant relative, the poet Charles Causley, set to music by Jim. His newest album, Forgotten Kingdom, was released earlier this year to huge critical acclaim and features the song 'Pride of the Moor', which Jim sang on Crockern Tor for Countryfile in 2015, before famously stepping on John Craven's glasses.
If you want to know more of Jim's illustrious background, click here. For a taste of his songs, click here for 'The Man You Know' and here for Jim's song of Dartmoor tin mining: 'Pride of the Moor'. Oh, and couldn't resist this - Jim playing with our very own Rear Admiral (although before he was a rear Admiral) Steve Knightley.
Jim's gig was well-attended and everyone enjoyed his disarming and witty performance. Photos have been posted on the accompanying gallery page, but meanwhile, we have to point out the following comments:
"Thankyou Daf - another lovely evening - you certainly have picked some great artists. Everyone has been a little different in their music talents but well done for all your hard work." - Jean
"Thank you, Daff, I had a wonderful time! You really have done such a wonderful job with the Sailing Club, a very professional outfit indeed, it puts folk clubs to shame! Thank you so much for having me xXx" Jim.
Someone asked me if it would be possible to get the lyrics of the Ferret Song – I mentioned this to Jim and he says it's on his website: www.jimcausley.co.uk/my-grandfathers-ferret
The event was recorded by our official WSC soundman Mark Thomas and can be heard on the soundcloud: click here
It was also filmed by Jeni and it's on You Tube as well! Click here for the first song.
Click here to see the gallery of photos from the evening.