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reviews Lost Love Found by Jim Causley

Jim Causley arrived in folk music via his family and the folk scene of his home pitch in Devon. After a stint
studying jazz and popular music he took the traditional music course at Newcastle University and is now one of the well-praised young lions of the revival. I enjoyed his set at the recent 'Remembering Cyril' day, so when this arrived for review I was interested to see if his live qualities transferred to record.

They do. His mellow voice brings us some beautifully relaxed interpretations of a group of traditional songs
including Polly Vaughan, Oxford City (the Freda Palmer version) and the not often heard Rolling of the Stones. The version of Wild Rover he does is a gentle one, from the collecting of Cyril Tawney, and a welcome change from the usual chest-beater. His head is not entirely in the past as is shown by the inclusion of George Papavgeris' Traitors Love, one of the highlights of the album.

A trio of accomplished musicians plus his own accordion playing frame the songs well, the whole thing being another step on Jim Causley's upward journey.