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.
After recieving my copy of the new Woodbine & Ivy Band cd (which is amazing) it's really interesting to contemplate ones voice in relation to others. It's taken me a long time to get used my voice and also to get to love it. Especially during my teenage years and early 20's i completely hated my voice just as i hated my body and everything else at that time in typical teenage fashion! The hardest point was when i was in my local church choir and my voice began to break.