Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Drystones + Jim Causley

Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, The Drystones are a duo whose arrival on the UK folk scene is making waves

21st Oct 2019
8upm | £14 adv. / £8 (Young Persons Under 30)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

The Drystones are a duo whose arrival on the UK folk scene is making waves. Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, a ‘brave experimental bent’ (David Kidman – FATEA), and an unexpectedly large sound when playing live, it’s no wonder they’ve been described as ‘indecently talented’ (Mike Harding) and earned themselves a nomination for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Having formed in 2011 to play at their local folk festival in Priddy, Somerset, the last eight years have seen them play prestigious festivals including Glastonbury and Sidmouth Folk Week, produce three albums, and somewhere along the line complete their music degrees

In 2019 with 18 months as full time professional musicians having toured from Scotland to the south coast they have nothing to hold back their finely honed blend of the most thrilling aspects of the UK’s traditions. Their 2017 album We Happy Few was widely acclaimed and their 2019 album Apparitions has had equal success. The live performances of their 2019 album deliver breath-taking performances backed by technical genius at venues across the UK. They are determined to leave smiles on faces as they go.

“The Drystones demonstrate a sophisticated musical maturity that is far beyond their ages.”
Roy Spencer, Folk Radio UK

“The Drystones technical prowess and stylistic awareness speak for themselves.”
Tom Newell, Songlines Magazine

More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter, musician and proud Devonian Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and during the past decade Causley has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, last year he was nominated as “Singer of the Year” at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, he won the Spiral Earth Singer of the Year award in 2014, presented his own folk music show on BBC Radio Devon and in 2015 he worked with BBC TV historian Dr Sam Willis to create the music for his show ‘Highwaymen, Outlaws and Villains’ and was asked to perform his song about Dartmoor tin mining ‘Pride of the Moor’ on BBC TV’s Countryfile – Dartmoor Special. 2017 was also the centenary of Jim’s relative; the celebrated Cornish poet Charles Causley and award winning filmmaker Jane Darke made a specially commissioned biographical film about the poet which aired on BBC4 TV on 1st October as part of the Centenary celebrations. The soundtrack to the film was composed entirely by Jim and featured music from his 2013 album ‘Cyprus Well’ of musical settings of Charles’ work.

Since the release of his debut album in 2005, Causley’s unique voice and persona have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. A prolific collaborator, Causley is hugely admired for his work with iconic groups The Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley as well as playing, touring and recording alongside Waterson:Carthy, John McCusker, Eddie Reader, Graham Coxson, Shirley Collins, Michael Morpurgo, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame and many more. He was described by Mojo Magazine as “the finest singer of his generation” and they put Forgotten Kingdom in their Top Ten Folk Albums of 2016 list. Westcountry father of folk Geoff Lakeman described Causley as possessing “A voice in a million” in a recent interview in the Western Morning News, some accolade indeed!

“The finest singer of his generation.”
Mojo Magazine

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)
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