Leigh Folk Festival | Jim Causley
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Jim Causley


Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee Jim Causley is a singer / musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native West Country. He became involved with traditional music from a young age via his family, the local folk scene, and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home 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 interest as a solo performer in folk clubs and festivals throughout the country. As one third of The Devil’s Interval he toured with Waterson-Carthy for seven consecutive years as part of their annual ‘Frost & Fire Christmas Show’ and joined them in the studio for their last album ‘Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man’. He then went on to collaborate with the rebellious Essex ceilidh band Mawkin to form Mawkin-Causley, whose albums received excellent reviews, with their highly energetic live shows bringing them yet more plaudits. Since then Jim has recorded with several 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. Jim has become renowned for his natural gift of interpreting traditional song, his deep, rich voice which belies his years, and his relaxed and playful stage presence.

Where to find them

Billet Wharf: Sun 25, Start: 14:10 – Finish: 15:00


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