Good day, good day fellow creatives! I am pleased to inform you that this new year begins with much excitement; i have formed a duo with a gentleman who is a most talented musician and we met during my sabbatical in Cornwall back in 2012. I can't confirm whether the feeling was mutual but i was particularly taken with his fabulous guitar playing and embracive vocal style. I assume he must have liked the noise i made as he expressed interest in meeting-up again.
Hello all, i hope you've been enjoying the merrie month of May? June is soon upon us and with it the launching of 'Cyprus Well'; my new album of poems by my distant relative Charles Causley which i have set to music with the help of some very talented friends. Needless to say i am highly excited, bringing out a new album is probably the closest i'll come to having a baby, to give you an idea of just how excited i am! We are launching it at the annual Charles Causley Festival in his hometown of Launceston (Lanson) Cornwall (Kernow) with a follow-up, lesser-launch in London! Plus a few dates in between, all of which can be found on the GIGS page. It has felt like a long journey to get here since i first wrote the tunes back in 2008 but a very worthwhile one and i cannot begin to express my joy at first holding a copy in my hand the other day! The official release date is 8th July and you can pre-order copies from Proper Music Distribution, check out the wee advert on the right-hand panal. I hope you enjoy the music we have come up with and to see you all along the way at some of the lovely gigs we've got lined up. I've got a few solo dates but for most of this year i shall be joined on stage by the wonderful Julie Murphy and Ceri Owen-Jones who both appear on the album. I can't wait for you to hear them too! Bye for now, love & lentils - Jim x
...and a Happy New Year too! How is 2013 treating you all so far? Mine is shaping up rather nicely now that i've gotten over the relief that 21/12/12 wasn't the end of the world after all!
First of all i am very proud to announce that i am now working with the wonderful Entertainingly Different team doing drama, movement and physical theatre workshops in schools and festivals. We had a great time in December performing our 'Traditional Tales' Christmas Show in schools across the region and there shall be plenty more non-crimble Traditional Tales shows coming up in 2013, i'll keep y'all posted.
I have also joined the associated Transitions Theatre Company and this year we are performing 'The Adventures of Mr Toad' up and down the country which is a really fun show for all the family so do come and see us if we are anywhere near you. We are also still taking bookings so if you know of a great open-air space that you'd like to have us come and perform at then do get in touch.
My other big news is that "Project: Uncle Charlie" (my Charles Causley project) is well under way and we are beginning recording in early February. I cannot begin to describe how excited i am about that and the handful of talented & lovely people who are helping me to make it. It has felt like a long time in coming but with 2013 being the tenth anniversary of his death, it also feels very fitting that it should happen this year, hooray!
I wish you all a joyous and prosperous new year and hope you are enjoying the snow! Lots of love - Jim x
Hello everyone and happy Decembermass to you all! Hasn't it come around quick this year?! I am having a very fun and full-on time at the moment. Just had some lovely dates in Wales; two folk clubs that i had not visited before; Llantrisant Folk Club in Pontyclun and the Valley Folk Club in Pontadawe. Two great nights had by all and very jolly and welcoming they were too, felt like old friends i was re-visitng and hopefully that will become the case in a few years time!
Just being silly! I don't really believe that 2012 is going to be the year the earth comes to an end, in fact i think it's barely beginning! I know that a lot of friends and family around me have a lot of exciting new stuff on their horizons and my life is no exception. Music wise i am most excited about my new collaborations; I'm forming a duo with "Cornish Legend" Richard Trethewey which is already proving to be very exciting with our mutual love of Westcountry music and song.