Jamie Smith’s Mabon
One of the most highly accomplished and critically acclaimed Celtic roots music bands based in Britain today, Jamie Smith’s MABON have built their reputation on their exhilarating live performances and deftly worked recordings.
The band have spent several years performing constantly across the UK, Europe and further afield, and this has provided the platform for their blistering live shows. Songs, instrumentals – a broad musical palette – the combination of original compositions and talented musicianship has been rewarded by the broad range of events at which the band has been invited to perform; and a collection of awards from supporters and pundits alike has only enhanced their considerable reputation.
JSM explore the forms and styles of the Celtic traditions and work them anew; the music is self-styled, singular and toe-tappingly good – an irresistible blend of world music and Celtic roots, filled with energy, joy and passion. Combining traditional instruments with a modern rhythm section, the band performs outstanding original compositions – both instrumental and vocal – mostly written and composed by their dynamic accordionist Jamie.
With a roll-call of performances at major World, Celtic and Folk festivals across the world, the five piece band of dazzling musicians perform outstanding original compositions, all given the same refreshing, creative treatment, as the band dances along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound.
The driving rhythms of jigs; groove-fuelled reels; a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; a sing-along epic, a haunting Welsh-language love-song – all are given the same refreshing, creative treatment as the band dances along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound.
Among the events the band have performed are WOMAD(2), Cambridge Folk Festival(2), Fairport’s Cropredy Convention (England); Celtic Connections(2), Shetland Folk Festival, Hebcelt (Scotland); Wales National Eisteddfod(2); Festival Interceltique de Lorient(4), Festival de Cornouailles, Traversee de Tatihou (Brittany/France); Festival do Mundo Celta de Ortigueira (Galicia); Schottish Weekend (Belgium); and Music Meeting (Netherlands).
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