Young(born 31 October 1980, Exeter) Devon folk singer Jim Causley became involved with traditional music from an early age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical wassailing tradition in his village of Whimple, East Devon.

After studying Jazz & Popular music at Exeter College he went on to study Traditional Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. During this time he became involved in the wider folk scene and gained great interest in folk clubs throughout the country as a solo performer. He recorded his debut album, Fruits of the Earth on the WildGoose label in 2005, the same year he recorded two tracks for Martyn Wyndham-Reads epic Song Links 2 album (Fellside) which linked English traditional songs with their American variants. Later that year he was nominated for best newcomer at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2006. Causley also recieved great acclaim and interest for his singing work as part of a trio named The Devil’s Interval whose album Blood & Honey (WildGoose) also recieved wide acclaim and another Folk Award nomination in 2007.

He has toured with Waterson:Carthy as part of their Frost & Fire Christmas Tour for four consecutive years and has joined them in the studio on their most recent album ‘Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man’ (Topic).Causley has become reknowned for his warm, rich and mature singing voice, (quoted as being akin to the fruitiest of real ales) his natural gift for interpreting traditional song and his wry and cheeky stage presence. Most recently Jim has been working as a duo with longtime collaborator James Dumbelton (of Waulk Elektrik fame) and performing with Essex foursome Mawkin as Mawkin:Causley and also collaborating with Scottish musician John McCusker as part of the Celtic Connections/Cambridge Folk Festival commissioned project; ‘Under One Sky’.

Edited by headey on 10 Mar 2011, 16:46

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