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Colin Irwin of fRoots

reviews Lost Love Found by Jim Causley

Well, he doesn't let the grass grow under his feet. Fast on the heels of albums/ gigs with The Devil's Interval and Waterson:Carthy and tours with Mawkin, here's a second solo record from one of the singers leading the march of the new generation. With sparing but significant contributions from James Dumbleton, James Delarre, Sandra Kerr and George Papavgeris, Causley continues where he left off on Fruits Of The Earth, avoiding the penchant for elaborate arrangements and high velocity delivery, with a measured performance that invests unconditional trust in the strength of the mostly traditional songs he's assembled for the occasion.

In this sense he's a singer of old-fashioned virtues and you can but admire the relaxed assurance that gives him a direct link to the early revivalists - fellow West Countryman Tony Rose for one, Roy Harris for another. His versions of Loving Hannah, Polly Vaughan and the unaccompanied Oxford City are particularly convincing, while he makes an interesting and valiant attempt to rehabilitate Wild Rover. There are some nice duets, too, notably with the author on the excellent George Papavgeris song Traitor's Love and with the sublime Sandra Kerr on Lady All Skin & Bone. That said, it feels disappointingly lightweight in places and there's still a lot more to come from Causley. He's an accomplished singer with plenty of ideas and he has it in him to deliver a major album, probably of big ballads. This isn't it - not with twee throwaways like the old primary school hit Autumn Days - but all the ingredients are there.