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The Awkward Recruit [CD]

Mawkin:Causley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Navigator Records
  • ASIN: B001RX8P9M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jolly Broom Man
2. L'Homme Arme
3. Drummer Boy For Waterloo
4. Keeper Of The Game
5. Cutty Wren
6. The Saucy Sailor
7. Todos Los

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Not many bands can lay claim to being nominated for a prestigious BBC Folk Award, before they've even released an album but Mawkin:Causley can. Mawkin:Causley are brothers James and David Delarre, Danny Crump, Alex Goldsmith (all previously known as Mawkin) and widely acclaimed Devon singer, Jim Causley (Under One Sky / Devil's Interval).

With a heady mix of richly melodic vocals, melodeons, electric bass and acoustic guitar, they breath youthful vigour and considerable energy into their folk- inspired music. As a testament to the impact they have made in a very short time, after less than 18 months together, not only have Mawkin:Causley been nominated as BEST GROUP at the BBC Folk Awards 2009 but their music has appeared frequently on Radio 2, with a seal of approval from Bob Harris and Mike Harding, but also from the station usually more at home with indie rock artists, 6Music.

Despite this debut bringing together influences on the band from around the globe (there are continental twists, rhythms that hint at reggae and far from conventional instrumentation) `The Awkward Recruit' (Navigator) is ultimately an exuberant exploration of traditional English fare.

Mawkin:Causley have, between them, played over 50 UK festivals and have supported a range of well-regarded artists including Eliza Carthy, Show of Hands, Billy Bragg, Mr Scruff and more besides. With Jim Causley's rich voice, charismatic stage presence and a rare ability to shift between melodrama and great subtly, in a heartbeat, this barn-storming band are set to get noticed on a much wide-scale in 2009.

Review

"Expectations are high: they were nominated for an award for best group even before the release of this, their debut CD. It lives up to the hype"
-- **** 4 stars (FT)

"Genuinely artful arrangements - mighty, provocative, yet admirably considered" -- **** 4 stars (Observer Music Monthly)

"Remarkably assured - such conviction and a true sense of their music's history" -- ***** 5 Stars (Uncut)

"Supremely confident - a serious album, of considerable weight" -- fROOTS

"Unconditionally Mighty" -- **** 4 stars (Mojo)

Mawkin:Causley deserve to be up there with Bellowhead as heroes of the new folk revival
-- Robin Deneslow - The Guardian

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking and utterly fantastic! 4 May 2009
By Lauren
Format:Audio CD
This album skilfully unites the mature beauty of traditional folk music with an exciting contemporary twist. This up-to-date touch is largely provided by Jim Causley's vocals, which effortlessly switch from the solemnity of `Drummer Boy for Waterloo' to the dynamic requirements of `The Jolly Broom Man'. Despite Causley's considerable presence, the accompanying music - provided by the wonderful Mawkin - is not overshadowed. The honestly unadorned instrumental `Todos Les Bienes Del Mundo' is definitely one of the stand-out tracks on the album.

If further proof is needed of their excellence the band was nominated for the BBC Folk Award before their debut even hit the shelves. When listening to the fantastically good `L'Homme Armé' it's impossible not to feel that this accolade isn't deserved. This first album is a magnificently concocted mix of well-balanced yet innovative tracks, a tremendous effort from a remarkable talent. `The Awkward Recruit' comes highly recommended from me, once bought you won't be able to stop listening. Enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very exciting debut 14 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
I bought this record and the `Cold Ruin' Ep on the strength of the track `Come my Lads' which has featured on a number of compilation CDs and after seeing the lads play a recent festival.

Live, Mawkin:Causley are a great experience and the majority of their current set list features on this record. There is a peculiar dichotomy to this band and they way in which they approach `traditional' songs, taking olde English lyrics and blending them with contemporary noughties style melodies. It works well, who would imagine that you could hum along to a tune about slaughtering songbirds but that is what happens with the `Cutty Wren'. Death (and not just for birds) and war feature predominantly throughout the record but it plays more like a celebration than a funeral dirge.

The band should be congratulated on a fine record but mention must also go to Stu Hanna of folk duo Megson who produced the album and has really exploited the rich creamy vocal of Jim Causley ensuring it is never lost in the wonderful noises made by the Mawkin boys.

A number of pundits are already backing this record to win big at the next BBC Folk Awards. I would not bet against them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch those awards come rolling in... 15 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Those of us who have been watching the progress of the Essex four-piece, Mawkin, over the last few years will have been impressed by the virtuosity with which they embrace the various musical styles they take on along with their sheer enthusiasm. If there was a criticism with their couple of previous releases (Extended Procrastination) it was that they desperately needed a singer. Enter Devonian Jim Causley. With a voice described elsewhere as "fruity" he is the perfect addition to Mawkin's wild eclecticism.

Following on from last year's superb EP Cold Ruin, "The Awkward Recruit" is their first full-length release as a group. And what a "debut" it is. With styles veering all over Europe and beyond, encompassing bits of klezmer and snatches of French and Spanish (most noticeably on "L'homme Arme" and "Todos Los Bienes Del Mundo") the album has typical folky singalongs, such as the opening "Jolly Broom Man" and "Cropper Lads" and wordier pieces, such as the title track and the Causley-penned "Keeper of the Game". There are also more familiar pieces, such as "Cutty Wren" and "The Saucy Sailor" (made famous by Steeleye Span), but whatever the familiarity each song is approached with energy, vivacity and wit, enhanced by the spare, clear production of Megson's Stu Hanna.

This is so good that I suggest the lads clear some space on the mantelpiece to put those folk awards on when they come rolling in.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts from a non-folky 8 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
I just caught these lot by accident at a folk festival, and they were awesome - full of energy and humour. So I downloaded their album today and was not disappointed. Infectious tunes that stay in your head, and exceptional musicianship (listen to the bassman). The vocals are captivating, subtle harmonies when required, and the whole album has a mysterious atmosphere about it.
Its worth delving into (as a blues rocker I've found folk difficult for prolonged listenings), and they are well worth seeking out live.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Contemporary Ethno Album 14 April 2009
By E. Rees
Format:Audio CD
I picked up this great album at a gig in Dartford, Listened to it on the way home and haven't taken it out of my stereo since. Mawkin:Causley seemingly just get better and better, this album shows a maturity and consideration for the music that goes way beyond my expectations, producing an album of folk music that is accessible and enjoyable even for those who are not sure of this sometimes twee genre. I can't recommend it highly enough!
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