What a year!
Well 2016 has certainly been a busy one for me! As well as releasing not one but two albums i have also appeared as a guest on the albums of four other artists; Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage superb debut album as a duo, a tribute album to the late Tony Dean featuring friends of his performing a track each of his wonderful songs, the long awaited debut album of folk father extrodinaire Geoff Lakeman and an eargely anicipated new album from folk legend Chris Foster, now residnet in Iceland, this new album has been produced by Jim Moray and features a host of special guests. More info about all of these albums is available on the Discography page of this website.
And no rest for the wicked; i've already begun work on next year's album! 2017 is the centennary of Charles Causley's birth and the Charles Causley Trust have commissioned me to make another album as part of the centennary celebrations. I did not want to try and make a 'Cyprus Well 2' so this time i had a short residency in Cyprus Well, back in the autumn where i composed the music for the poems and as Charles' Collected Poems for Children is being re-released next year with a new foreword by Sir Andrew Motion and the Trust are involved with lots of projects with schools in Cornwall i thought it would be fitting to focus on his childrens poems this time around and make a children's album! It's going to be great fun, i've picked some classic poems and some less well known ones and have lined-up a great gaggle of musicians to help bring it to life. It will be launched at Launceston's annual Charles Causley Festival in eary June.
I think that's all you need to know about for now! There are other ideas bubbling away for 2018 but i'll save that for another time! I hope you've all had a great year, i have very much enjoyed all my various concerts up and down the land, solo and with Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll performing the Forgotten Kingdom album as well as the Jack Clemo project with author Luke Thompson. Many more dates coming next year which i am very much looking forward to.
Thank you all for coming along, supporting me and buying CDs, i couldn't do it without you! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year - Jim xx
The Jack Clemo Project
As the saying goes; there is no rest for the wicked and hot on the heels of Forgotten Kingdom's release i am already getting stuck into my next project! After the success of 2013's Cyprus Well album where i set to music the poetry of my late relative, the poet Charles Causley, i have been comissioned by Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival to set to music a selection of poems by another wonderful Cornish poet and close friend of Charles Causley's; Jack Clemo. 2016 is the centennary of Jack Clemo's birth and with the excellent help of Clemo expert, author and poet Dr Luke Thompson I have set ten of Clemo's poems to music and have begun recording them with a fine selection of Cornish musicians. The finished product will become a cd which will be performed and launched at this year's Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival as well as some other exciting dates yet to be confirmed. We are recording in Brannel School, very near to where Jack Clemo lived in the Clay Country area of Cornwall and will be working with students from the school to be a part of the album. This project has been made possible by funding from FEAST whose excellent organisation specialises in bringing arts and creativity into education and the wider community throughout Cornwall. Keep an eye on my Live Dates page for more info on the Jack Clemo 100 project
New Album Update!
Helloo everybody, here's the latest news: as many of you will be aware, the new album has been somewhat delayed given that i did a "launch concert" at Sidmouth this summer with no CDs to launch!!! I won't go into details but due to myriad issues of delay on the production side of things we were forced to push the official release date back to 19th February. The lovely people at the Kings Place in London very kindly moved my September date there to the 17th February and so that has become my new launch date along with a somewhat more intimate gig earlier that same week here in Devon.
I cannot deny that i am hugely excited about this new album and simply cannot wait for you all to hear it. The delays have only served to concentrate the excitment, very much like a heavily shaken bottle of fizzy-pop! I've managed to get most of the Devon folk scene guesting on the recordings and a few neighbouring friends too. I've had the most lovely time recording it in the beautiful Blackdown Hills with the splendid Mark Tucker and i'm confident that all of that fun of making music with friends in such a beautiful environment has poured into the songs and will splurge out into your living rooms/cars/jacuzzis/dungeons and fill your hearts with joy!
Incredibly, this is the first record i've ever made in Devon! Sure i've done bits and bobs on friends recordings over the years but never one of my own! First three solo albums were recorded in Hampshire as was the Devils album, the Mawkin:Causley albums were recorded in a windowless warehouse in South London and Cyprus Well was of course recorded in Cornwall so this one has been a real treat in many respects. I also cannot wait for y'all to see the new artwork. As it is a bit of a decennary celebration i had to get David Angel back down to Devon like he did for 'Fruits of the Earth' back in 2005. We again, had a blast and i took him to quite an unusual location, deep in the foothills of Dartmoor, poor bloke, lets just say it gave him plenty of stories to take back up to London!
So i have some rather special guests joining me for the London launch concert, so take a peek at my gigs page to find out who they are. It really is going to be such a fun night and i feel so privileged to have such talented people helping my songs come to life. Oh yes the songs! That's the other little things i can't wait for you to hear. I greatly look forward to hearing all your feedback, unless of course it's negative and in that case i don't want to know! Actually my main concern now is that people will think i've taken my inspiration for the new album's title 'Forgotten Kingdom' from the current BBC drama 'The Last Kingdom'!! But believe me i've been sitting on that title for a good few years now and no, i've not read any of Bernard Cornwell's books! (Although after watching the programme i feel i might have to now, i'm hooked!)
So have yourselves a merry rest-of-2015 and if you're stuck for ideas of Christmas prezzies... oh and do sign up to my mailing list (see the contact page) and like/follow/friend me on Facebook & Twitter etc as i'll be posting up to the minute news and pictures all relating to the new album so don't miss a trick! Love & lozenges - Jim xx
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