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Roy Laskey of The Folk Mag. - Bob Taberner

reviews Fruits of the Earth by Jim Causley

Jim Causley was a new name to me. He is another product of the admirable
Folkworks programme in the North East, although he comes from the other end
of the country - Whimple in East Devon. This CD comprises eleven traditional
songs with a mainly rural connection and mostly collected in the South West,
plus two of Jims own songs.


All the songs have been arranged by Jim and given sympathetic
accompaniments. Jim plays accordion and here hes joined by James Dumbleton
on guitar and melodeon and John Dipper on fiddle. His voice impressed me and
my wife compared the tone and clarity with another Wildgoose stablemate Mick
Ryan, high praise indeed.


My pick of the tracks would be The Whimple Wassail into which Jim has
clearly devoted a lot of time and which he dedicates to his fellow
residents, along with Arscott of Tetcott, a hunting song again with local
and current relevance, and Sing Ivy with its haunting accompaniment. I
particularly liked Jims song Rewind, a reflection of thoughts whilst lying
in a field during his college days and parts of it certainly struck a chord
with me.