I AM THE SONG: Children’s Poems by Charles Causley2017 WildGoose Records
2017 was the centenary of Charles Causley and as part of their Causley 100 celebrations, the Charles Causley Trust commissioned Jim to come up with a new project for the centenary year.
Jim was given a residency in Charles’ cottage ‘Cyprus Well’ for a week in September in which he composed these new settings of a small selection of Charles poems for children. But unlike the Cyprus Well album, Jim decided to record this one in a proper studio as all the guest musicians required would never fit into Charles’ tiny front room!
Many of the poems name-check a host of musical instruments and so Jim attempted to include as many of them on this album as he could! Guest musicians include Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham, Mary Humphries & Anahata, Jeff Gillett, Matt Norman, Mick Ryan, Piers Butler and Pete Bullock.
The CD includes a free pull-out poster with illustrations of all the characters from the poems by Falmouth artist Bex Bourne.