The Clay Hymnal

by Jim Causley & Luke Thompson

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A specially commissioned project by Bodmin Moor Poetry Festival; Jim has collaborated with author Luke Thompson to make an album of poems by Cornish poet Jack Clemo as part his 2016 centenary celebrations. Clemo - a close friend of Charles Causley - was a fascinating poet who lived in the evocative Clay Country district of mid Cornwall and was greatly inspired by that dramatic, man-made landscape. Often described as angular, his poems couldn't be more different from that of his Launceston friend and that is paralled in these new musical settings. Recorded in his home village, this project features some of the finest musicians in the Duchy and brings to life the clayscape world of Clemo.


released June 1, 2016

Jim Causley - Vocals, Piano, Pipe Organ & Accordion
Luke Thompson - Spoken Word
Richard Trethewey - Vocals & Fiddle
Steve Hunt - Guitar
Kerensa Wright - Hammered Dulcimer
Neil Davey - Bouzouki
Matt Calder - Hang Drums
Mark Tucker - Percussion
Brannel School Choir - Vocals

1) The Harrassed Preacher
2) Sufficiency
3) Gwindra
4) The Blacksmith
5) The Flooded Clay-Pit
6) Gulls Nesting Inland
7) Christ in the Clay-Pit
8) The Clay-Dry
9) A Calvinist in Love
10) Wedding Eve

Recorded by Dennis Morrell in Brannel School
Additional recording by Mark Tucker
Produced by Jim Causley
Mixed & Mastered by Mark Tucker



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