Jamie Smith’s Mabon
“Exhilarating, just exhilarating – a band that perform with such enjoyment, excitement, style and wit – no histrionics, just a show of originality, energy and integrity…”
JAMIE SMITH’S MABON (JSM), the award winning, Welsh based band are Britain’s finest original InterCeltic music performers, travelling beyond borders to explore the forms and styles of the Celtic traditions and work them anew.
The band’s reputation for producing stunning live shows is well documented, “… a class act……uplifting, energetic and cerebral in equal measure” Froots, “a fearsome reputation as a live band” Financial Times, “A band to catch live if you are within a hundred miles of their gigs” Irish Music Magazine
Combining traditional instruments and a modern rhythm section, JSM perform outstanding compositions – both instrumental and vocal – by acclaimed accordionist Jamie.
In 2010 their live CD ‘Live at the Grand Pavilion’ was awarded ‘Best Instrumental Album’ by online folk and roots magazine Spiral Earth. Since then the band has played sessions for BBC Radio 2 and Radio 3, headlined shows for Celtic Connections, WOMAD, WOMEX, Rainforest World Music festival in Borneo, Hebcelt Fest, Festival Interceltique de Lorient. In the Low Countries Mabon played at Het Lindeboom, Music Meeting, Scottish Weekend end Deerlycke Folk Festival. They are seen as one of the ‘must see’ acts within the folk and roots world.
“a truly compulsive ride” The Independent
The energetic sound of jigs and reels; or a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; a haunting Welsh-language love-song or a driving, sing-along, fantasy epic – all are given the same refreshing, creative treatment as the band dances along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound.
“If music could fuel engines, Mabon could solve the energy crisis” – Songlines
Stand by for infectious, life-affirming music by the spade full!
Jamie Smith – Accordion
Oli Wilson-Dickson – Fiddle
Paul Rogers – Guitar
Matt Downer – Basses
Iolo Whelan – Drums, Percussion
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