Joining me in today’s podcast is folksinger Jim Causley as we discuss the life of poet Charles Causley and the area of Launceston in Cornwall. We discuss the role of the Causley Trust and an exciting upcoming Halloween event that it is being hosted featuring a ghost walk, tales of witchcraft and folklore, ghostly music and poems!
The Halloween evening will feature folksinger Jim Causley, Paranormal Investigator Karin Beasant and the Jamaica Inn Paranormal team, Simon Costin from Dockacre House and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, and Folklore expert Mark Norman. To find out more make sure to listen to the podcast....
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Folk Singer. Multi-award winning singer-songwriter.
Six times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Singer of the Year’ 2017*nominee
“The finest singer of his generation” Mojo Magazine
“A voice in a million” Geoff Lakeman
More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter, musician and proud Devonian Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and during the past decade Causley has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. He was nominated as “Singer of the Year” at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, he 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 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 1st October 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. In September 2018 Jim played to a crowd of 65,000 at BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park with new group ‘The Band of Love’.
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 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. 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!