Cornwall Folk Festival Celebrates Charles Causley

Wadebridge Town Hall, Thursday 24th August

Charles Causley at work

Join us at a special bonus event to celebrate the life and works of Cornish poet Charles Causley, on his 100th birthday!

Causley, who lived most of his life in Launceston, was regarded by his fellow poets — including Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Roger McGough and Seamus Heaney — as the poet laureate we never had.

His words are stepped in Cornish imagery, but also include evocations of the UK and beyond, partly through his experiences in the Navy during World War II. He's written poems for adults, children, plays, short stories and opera librettos. Much of his work is now included in young people's educational books.

He was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1958, and made a bard of Gorsedh Kernow in 1955 and CBE in 1986 alongside many literary awards.

This event is organised in conjunction with the Causley Trust, which celebrates his life and work and promotes new literature activity in Cornwall.

There is a strong connection to Wadebridge and this festival. Causley has performed at the festival, had many friends in the town, and even opened our library.

For this event, we are joined by:

Causley on YouTube

A couple of examples of Charles Causley's poems, 'Eden Rock' and 'Timothy Winters', read by Tom Bedlam.


  • 5.00pm: local poets and introduction to the life of Charles Causley
  • 5.30pm: Cahal Dallat performs poems of Charles Causley set to his music, drawing upon folk, jazz, classical, and world music with Wadebridge School pupils and local singer Morwenna Gee
  • 6.30pm: Jim Causley performs Charles Causley poems to music
  • 7.25 pm: Thorn & Roses
  • 8.00pm: Mike O'Connor & Barbara Griggs with Carillyon
  • 8.50pm: Jim Causley returns and will launch his latest album
  • The concert should finish around 10pm.
  • Tickets Adults £10, under 16 free. This event is included in the full festival ticket as a bonus. Click here to purchase.
Thorn and Roses

Thorn and Roses

FAR Stage, Friday 24th, 5.40pm
Hosting Singaround Session in The Ship, Friday 24th, 8-11pm and Sunday 26th 3-6pm
Running Cornwall Festival Harmony Choir workshops Saturday 25th Town Hall and Sunday 26th Goods Shed Large Room, both 10.30am-noon, plus opening slot at Roberts and Lakeman gig Sunday 26th 7pm

Thorn and Roses are a three-part mixed voice unaccompanied close harmony folk group performing traditional and contemporary material.

Slick delivery, joyful harmonies, great professionalism, plus a good injection of fun, they are Rowena Metters, Sylvia Fletcher, and Jinks Jenkin, who joined voices a number of years ago inspired by their mutual love of unaccompanied close harmony singing.

They are all accomplished singers in their own right, but since forming Thorn and Roses they have developed a style and presentation that has gained them quite a following in this country, with much interest from the Cornish communities of North America.

Last year Sylvia and Rowena, who have harmonised together since they were teenagers, celebrated 50 years as performers. They sound as fresh as ever — congratulations, you stars!Artist's Website

No guarantee can be given that any events will take place, or any artists will perform at a particular time, or at all. We will, however, make every effort to carry out the programme as advertised.

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