Flos Headford of Shreds and Patches
reviews Fruits of the Earth by Jim CausleyThis young man has an astonishingly mature voice and manner of singing. Here is a fine, entertaining album on which Jim is ably supported by his own accordion, by the vocal, guitar, mandolin, crowdy-crawn and percussion talents of John Dumbleton, and by the remarkable fiddling of John Dipper. It is also a beautifully recorded and presented CD of traditional songs with the addition of two written by Jim in traditional style.
I was impressed from the. first bar of the first track (John Barleycorn in a version rarely heard outside Somerset) and particularly so by Tan Yard Side, The Carnel and the Crane and Yonders Hill. The piece de resistance, though, is the lovingly constructed and performed Whimple Wassail, which enlists the able vocal assistance of the producer, Doug Bailey, and his daughter. In truth, there is no weak track in the thirteen.
There is such a variety of mood, method and arrangement that the whole lingers most pleasingly in the memory. Perhaps the most pleasant surprise was the quality of the new compositions; such finely crafted blends of traditional sounding lyrics and melodies. You will be hearing Rewind and Unwind from many a fine singer in the near future, Ill warrant. And Ive yet to hear a better tune for The Carnal and the Crane than the one Jim has invented!
I cant fault this CD, I really cant. Bravo!