Language:

Mabon

latest news

  • NEW CHOONS APPEARING...

    It's been a summer of lovely concerts and fabulous festivals across eight countries - from Broadstairs to Brittany, from Belgium to Borneo! There is a photo album of our Malaysian exploits HERE.

    This Autumn we're writing and arranging new material for our next album - we'll be recording this winter to release in the summer next year.

    You can hear our newest music at our CONCERTS THIS AUTUMN, including one at the magnificent KING'S PLACE, LONDON on Friday October 10th.

    See you out there!

  • FESTIVAL SEASON!

    After starting the spring with a mammoth 25-date tour of England and finishing it with a 2014 SPIRAL AWARD WIN for 'Best Group' (huzzah!), it's time for some summer festival fun!

    We thought it was only fair to try and get around everybody - so you can catch the band this summer at festivals in Wales, England, Scotland, The Isle of Man, Brittany, Belgium and Borneo! Check the GIGLIST for all the details.

    We're also very happy to announce that we will be headlining the first ever FESTIVAL OF FOLK AT THE WELSH PROMS in St David's Hall, Cardiff, on 20th July. The afternoon will be chocker with family-friendly concerts, workshops (including some by MABON members), a 'Meet the Band' session, and of course, the main concert in the evening.

    So grab your sun-cream (we hope!), your ears and your dancing shoes and find the festival nearest you - meanwhile, here's a brand new and cheeky little COMPILATION VIDEO to whet your appetite!

  • 'BEST GROUP' AWARD!

    Jamie Smith's MABON have won 'Best Group' in the 2014 Spiral Awards! Nominations were decided by the editorial team of the SPIRAL EARTH FOLK AND ROOTS WEBSITE, and the winners in each category were decided by public vote.

    Thanks a million to everybody who supported us along the way!

    So if you want to see the UK's Best Roots Group (according to Spiral Earth anyway!) in action, we are still touring until the end of March, in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. Details are on our CONCERTS PAGE as ever.

  • AWARD NOMINATION!

    We're very pleased to announce our recent nomination in the 'Best Group' category for a Spiral Award 2014, given by the UK folk and roots music website Spiral Earth. Please cast your vote for us here on the SPIRAL EARTH WEBSITE - we'd love to secure the award but it could be a stiff competition!

    In other news, we're on the road again at the moment - our **MABON AND MAZ TOUR** lasts til March 5th, and passes through: Bury / Gateshead / Barnstable / Colchester / Derby / Southport / Wavendon / Cambridge / Reading / Keswick / Banbury / New Milton / Stroud / Exeter / Fareham.

    There are Mabon concerts in March too, in Gloucs, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, and a headline show on 8/3 at our first festival of the year, CWLWM CELTAIDD, the Celtic Festival of Wales held in Porthcawl.

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    We're looking forward to playing over 30 gigs this February and March, including the very exciting **MABON AND MAZ TOUR**!

    This joint tour around England with the folk singer MAZ O'CONNOR and her trio starts on January 29th and will call at some fabulous venues in: Bury / Gateshead / Barnstable / Colchester / Derby / Southport / Wavendon / Cambridge / Reading / Keswick / Banbury / New Milton / Stroud / Exeter / Fareham. We'll also be playing weekend runs of concerts outside the tour in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire.

    And after the spring tour - summer festivals of course! We're very happy to announce appearances at:
    Cwlwm Celtaidd, The Celtic Festival of Wales;
    Folk on the Pier Festival, Cromer;
    Gower Folk Festival, Wales;
    Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo;
    The Welsh Proms;
    Stonehaven Festival, Scotland;
    Yn Chruinnaght festival, Isle of Man;
    Iford Festival, near Bath; and
    Broadstairs Folk Festival;
    as well as others yet to be confirmed.

    Please do check our CONCERTS PAGE or 'LIKE' US ON FACEBOOK or FOLLOW US ON TWITTER to hear our latest news.
    We hope to see you out and about in 2014!

  • After Taith ADRE Tour...

    ...we get to relax a little! Many thanks to the lovely, warm audiences who joined us as we traveled around Wales, as well everyone who looked after us along the way. We had a blast!

    **Christmas Scoff!**
    This year, jsMABON will be playing at a Christmas Party with a difference on Thursday 18th December - a Fine Foraged Feast at Treowen near Monmouth, with after-dinner music by us, full of food and in festive form! Tickets are £60 for the meal and music, or just £10 for the after-meal party only (which will include some very special nibbles, in case you feel left out!). Details are available HERE - join us for some festive cheer!

  • HOME AND AWAY!

    Everyone at Mabon Towers is really looking forward to this November's Taith ADRE Tour - the band's first dedicated tour of premier arts venues in Wales. Do come and join the band if you can as they pass through Carmarthen, Caernarfon, Harlech, Llanwrtyd Wells, Cardiff, Lampeter, Newton, Wrexham and Cardigan. Click on our'Taith ADRE Tour' Page here for all the details and a FREE DOWNLOAD to boot.

    And in sharp contrast with a Welsh November - one of the band's first festival bookings for 2014 is the RAINFOREST WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL in Malaysia - listed by Songlines magazine four years running as one of the best 25 festivals in the world. It will be the first time the festival has invited a band from Wales to perform, and even apart from the festival itself, the lads are all looking forward to meeting their jungle cousins, the orang-utans!

  • WALES AND THE WORLD!

    Most of the band's musicians are attending WOMEX this week, an international World Music Trade Expo based this year in Cardiff. The band showcased as 'Mabon' in WOMEX 2010, and the lads are looking forward to meeting friends and contacts old and new.

    And soon after the world comes to Cardiff, we'll be touring in Wales - taking the music we've performed across the world back to where the band began. See our CONCERTS PAGE or click the box opposite for the list of headline Welsh music venues on our Taith ADRE Tour this November - and to download your FREE "epic" Welsh-language song, Caru Pum Merch.

  • Taith ADRE Tour - dates announced

    Having performed for years mostly across the UK and abroad, this November sees the band playing their first ever headline tour of their own country, 'Taith ADRE Tour'.

    The band will play at nine theatres across Wales - in Carmarthen, Caernarfon, Harlech, Llanwrtyd Wells, Cardiff, Lampeter, Newtown, Wrexham and Cardigan - between 21 and 30 November. Details are on our CONCERTS PAGE as ever.

    But non Wales-based fans need not despair! There are also concerts this October in Canterbury, Crawley, and headlining BANBURY FOLK FESTIVAL on 12/10 - as well as gigs in France, Belgium and Germany between now and Christmas!

  • MORE FESTIVAL FUN!

    Many thanks to everyone at Festival Interceltique do Sendim in Portugal and Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany - one was a first time for us, and the other the band's historical stomping ground!

    Hearty congratulations to Jamie, who won the coveted accordion prize in Lorient - so it's official, he da man! ;)

    And there's more festival fun to come: catch us at SHREWSBURY FF for a rare Mabsters Ceilidh; FYLDE FF for a two-concert headline appearance; and heading the bill at BANBURY FF in Oxfordshire.

  • BRING ON SUMMER!

    It's been great to see so many of our friends and fans as the summer season kicks off - and a particular thanks to our new friends in Sardinia and at Music Meeting in The Netherlands, we had a blast!

    More festival fun to come in DORSET/ CAMBRIDGE/ PORTUGAL/ BRITTANY/ LANCASHIRE and BANBURY.

    Details are on OUR FULL GIG-LIST as ever. See y'all there!

  • BRING ON SUMMER!

    Thanks to everyone who joined us at a slightly moist Tredegar House Folk Festival! Now off to two sunny European festivals (we hope!), TRIMPANU in Sardinia, and MUSIC MEETING in the Netherlands - Huzzah!

    Here's a link to our LATEST NEWSLETTER, which includes OUR FULL SUMMER FESTIE-LIST, news of a special tour of Wales this autumn, as well as our other news.

    Do take a peek at our new jsMABON TOUR SURVIVAL GUIDE, a humorous collection of the band's informal touring photos.

    And look out for the release this month of the acoustic trio Barrule's self-titled debut album. BARRULE is comprised of Jamie, Adam and our occasional fiddler Tom Callister, playing acoustic music from their beloved Isle of Man - visit their website to catch the buzz and collect your free download track.

  • MORE SUMMER FESTIVALS!

    We are very happy to announce that we will be appearing at the mighty Cambridge Folk Festival this year - we have the pleasure of opening the festival on Thursday 25th July. Make sure you've got your tickets, they can sell out fast.

    Also, look our for our appearances:
    at Folk Union, KING'S PLACE, LONDON on April 19th;
    headlining TREDEGAR HOUSE FOLK FESTIVAL near Newport on May 11th; and through the summer at
    FIRE IN THE MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL, near Aberystwyth;
    GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB, Hampshire;
    FOLK ON THE COAST FESTIVAL, Wirral;
    SHOW OF HANDS FAMILY FESTIVAL, Abbotsbury;
    LLANGOLLEN INTERNATIONAL EISTEDDFOD, and more.

    Details as ever are on the CONCERTS PAGE of this website.

  • WINDBLOWN TOUR Part 2

    After sell-out shows and rave reviews of last autumn's 'Windblown Tour', the band is touring the album around England and Wales again throughout March.

    Details are all on the CONCERTS PAGE of our website - book your tickets to hear the new album material, live!

    After a great kick-start to the tour at Cwlwm Celtaidd festival in Wales, the tour is pssing through Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, London, Monmouthshire, Berkshire, Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Surrey, Bath, Glamorganshire, Powys, Staffordshire and Swindon. See you there!

  • WINDBLOWN TOUR Part 2

    After sell-out shows and rave reviews of last autumn's 'Windblown Tour', the band will be touring the album again with a series of concerts throughout March.

    Details are all on the CONCERTS PAGE of our website - book your tickets to hear the new album material, live!

    Starting with a headline concert at Cwlwm Celtaidd festival in Porthcawl, Wales, the tour will then head through Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, London, Monmouthshire, Berkshire, Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Surrey, Bath, Glamorganshire, Powys, Staffordshire and Swindon. See you there!

  • A favour - PLEASE VOTE!

    Happy New Year! Could we start 2013 by asking a favour?

    jsMABON are eligible for a Songlines Music Award 2013 nomination for our 'Windblown' album. Nominations are decided on a public vote before a panel of judges choose the winners - we'd love to be in the running!

    Click HERE if you'd like to vote - it should only take about two minutes. (We're under "J" in the 'Best Group' dropdown menu.) To prevent multiple voting, they will ask you for your email address (do tick the checkbox if you don't want them to share it!) and email you a code which you enter into a confirmation screen.

    Polling closes on 31st January, so don't delay!

    All the nominees are featured in the magazine and appear on the SMA 2013 Album, which would be a great opportunity to share our music with a new audience. Thanks for your support as ever - and three lucky voters will win tickets to WOMAD 2013 too- good luck!

  • HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!

    After a busy and productive year, the Mabon team will have a chance to relax at Christmas. 2012's new album 'Windblown' received an enthusiastic response from fans and critics alike and the album's launch tour was well attended and often sold out.

    Reviews have already appeared in (click on the titles to read the reviews on-line) The Guardian, Financial Times, FATEA magazine, worldmusic.co.uk, spiralearth.co.uk and The Celtic Music Fan amongst many others; the latest reviews to arrive include LONDON LIFE and BRIGHT YOUNG FOLK; THE INDEPENDENT has mentioned "Wales’ brilliant Mabon with a fine new album Windblown"; and a review in the forthcoming edition of SONGLINES will proclaim: "If music could fuel engines, Mabon could solve the energy crisis"!

    You should definitely buy 'Windblown' in our ON-LINE SHOP for your loved ones for Christmas! ;)

    Here's a heartfelt thank-you from the band for all your support and encouragement in 2012 - see you for more music in 2013!

  • CMR ALBUM OF THE WEEK

    'Windblown' is Album of the Week on the Scottish and on-line radio station Celtic Music Radio this week. You can hear a feature programme with multiple tracks and a lengthy interview with Jamie HERE.

    Positive reviews are still coming through too - click on the title to read about 'Windblown' in The Guardian, Financial Times, FATEA magazine, spiralearth.co.uk, or The Celtic Music Fan. Click 'Like' on our Facebook Page to keep updated with the most recent reviews.

    Join the satisfied fans, the raving reviewers and the UK's most discerning roots music DJ's and ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

  • MORE GLOWING REVIEWS

    As 'Windblown' spreads its wings amongst the media and public alike, more glowing testimonials appear. Here is a small selection - click on titles to see the full reviews:

    "Smith is at his best singing in Welsh on the brooding, then epic Caru Pum Merch." The Guardian

    "so thrilling live...Windblown makes a fair fist of bottling the magic" - Financial Times (4*)

    "For exuberance, panache and spontaneous musicianship, all carried out with a refreshingly mature restraint and within the context of necessarily skilful arrangement, it will be pretty hard to beat Jamie Smith's Mabon for impact." FATEA magazine

    "Windblown is the best JSM album to date and points them in an interesting and promising new direction" spiralearth.co.uk

    Join the satisfied fans, the raving reviewers and the UK's most discerning roots music DJ's and ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

  • 'WINDBLOWN' RAVE REVIEWS

    As the Windblown Tour progresses from one sold-out venue to the next (get your tickets in quick!), reviews of the album are starting to appear:

    "so thrilling live...Windblown makes a fair fist of bottling the magic" - Financial Times (4*)

    "a confident, joyous, breezy album" - worldmusic.co.uk

    "a terrific album... a band on the brink of bigger things" - Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

    "tracks play like pieces of poetry" - thecelticmusicfan.com

    "an excellent follow-up... undeniable exuberance" - ukfolkmusic.co.uk


    Join the satisfied fans, the raving reviewers and the UK's most discerning roots music DJ's by ordering your copy today!

  • 'WINDBLOWN' RELEASED!

    Our latest and best album to date goes on GENERAL RELEASE TODAY! 'Windblown' will be available from HMV, Amazon, iTunes, independent music shops and of course here on our website - just click 'Shop' above.

    Tunes from the album have aired on dozens of radio stations already and are A-listed on some; and we are Artist of the Week on BBC Radio Wales this week.

    You can LISTEN AGAIN to some of those shows here:
    'Lady of the Woods' on BBC Radio 2
    ("a terrific album" - Mike Harding);
    'Caru Pum Merch' on BBC Radio 3's World on 3;
    Three tracks on Radio Cymru's Sesiwn Fach.

    Join our satisfied fans, the raving reviewers and the UK's most discerning roots music DJ's by ordering your copy today!

  • MORE HEAVYWEIGHT AIRPLAY!

    Tracks from 'Windblown' are being aired across the UK ahead of Monday's release date (29/10).
    You can listen to
    'Lady of the Woods' on BBC Radio 2
    ("a terrific album" - Mike Harding);
    'Caru Pum Merch' on BBC Radio 3's World on 3 tonight;
    Radio Wales, where we will be Featured Artist all next week, with a live session and airplay across the station;
    A half hour feature and three tracks on Radio Cymru's Sesiwn Fach this Sunday;
    As well as BBC Radio Scotland; BBC Radio Ulster; Radio Caroline; BBC Radio Bristol & Somerset; London's Resonance FM; BBC Radio Shropshire, Hereford and Worcester; Marlow FM; AS Radio... the list gets longer every day!

    Join the country's most astute DJs and ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY from our on-line shop; or from Monday 29/10 on iTunes, Amazon, in HMV and in a host of independent record stores.

  • 'WINDBLOWN' HITS AIRWAVES

    Tracks from the new album 'Windblown' have made waves on radio and internet stations in the run-up to the official release on 29th October.

    Songs and tunes have appeared on: Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2; BBC Radio Wales' Celtic Heartbeat; BBC Radio Scotland's Travelling Folk; BBC Radio Bristol & Somerset; BBC Radio Shropshire, Hereford & Worcester; Marlow FM; AS Radio; Somer Valley FM; Swindon FM; Bishop FM and Radio Caroline amongst others, and more to come.

    On-line coverage and printed reviews are appearing too - CLICK HERE TO LIKE THE FACEBOOK PAGE and keep tabs on incoming reviews.

    Remember to DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE TRACK, 'Lady of the Woods', and of course, you can still PRE-ORDER 'WINDBLOWN' for delivery ahead of the release date.

  • ***THE ALBUM HAS LANDED!***

    Our new and much-anticipated album 'Windblown' has landed on our doorstep. 'Windblown' will be officially released on 29th October, but you can get your hands on your copy early by ordering today from this website.

    CLICK HERE to visit our on-line shop and to place your order. We hope you'll be as pleased with the album as we are.

  • BBC Radio 2 plays free single

    The FREE single from the new album 'Windblown' appeared on Mike Harding's BBC Radio 2 show this week. Listen again HERE to hear Mike praise the album and the band: "on the brink of bigger things"!

    You can download that song, "Lady of the Woods" FREE on the WINDBLOWN PAGE of this website. You can also pre-order your CD to be delivered to your door on October 5th, THREE WEEKS BEFORE the official release date.

  • DOWNLOAD NEW SINGLE FREE

    The new album 'Windblown' is completed and ready for release on 29th October.

    To whet your appetite, you can download the brand-new song "Lady of the Woods" FREE on the WINDBLOWN PAGE of this website. You can also pre-order your CD to be delivered to your door THREE WEEKS BEFORE the official release date, and listen to the well-loved instrumental set "Huzzah!" on the audio player.

    You can read the a full album-news round-up on our LATEST NEWSLETTER.

  • New album in final stages

    The new album 'Windlbown' is in the final stages of mixing and will be mastered this month, ready for release this autumn.

    The cover will be unveiled soon via our Facebook Page - click on the 'F' icon opposite to stay in the picture.

    The album launch tour of England and Wales will begin in October: check the Concerts page on this site for all the details, and please do join us to celebrate the new release!

  • A local gig this Thursday

    J S Mabon's only South Wales gig this summer will happen this week, at The Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd on Thursday 19th July.

    From Abergavenny's Felin Fach Studio, where work on the new album continues... to Belgium, and Somerset, and Spain... and then to Pontypridd of course!

    Tickets and details are available HERE.

  • Celtic Music blog feature

    'The Celtic Music Fan' is a Facebook page featuring daily news, links, articles and reviews in the field of Celtic music.

    This week the page features an interview with Iolo, with news and insights on the new album in particular. You can read the interview HERE.

  • A great gig in Cardiff

    The band will appear this Saturday afternoon (5th May) at the FREE "Dathlu Calan Mai" concert at Wales Millennium Centre, along with some of Wales' other most renowned folk acts: Al Lewis, Huw M, Carreg Lafar, Taran, Sian James a'r Band, and to close the concert, Jamie Smith's MABON.

    Music will start at 1pm; JSMabon will be onstage at 6.50pm - a great gig to bring the family!

    Details HERE - see you there!

  • Out of the Studio, onto the Stage

    After an epic week's recording, the band is stepping out again for two headline concerts, in North and South Wales:

    On Friday 20th April, at St Giles' in Wrexham (9pm), the band will round off the Friday line-up at Focus Wales 2012 - an amazing showcase event open to the public and featuring over seventy live acts. Details and tickets HERE.

    Then on Saturday 5th May, the band will close the 'Calan Mai' event at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. This seven-act daytime concert will be free, and JSMabon will play after 6.30pm. Details of the whole day's events HERE.

    Hope to see you there...!

  • Tour ends, work begins...

    Having thoroughly enjoyed a successful Spring Tour around England and Wales in March, JSMabon will be starting to record their next album in April.

    The band will be working with the brilliant Dylan Fowler at Felin Fach Studios in April and in June, before mixing over the summer for an autumn release. Stand by for new tunes and songs alongside well-loved current repertoire!

    We'll announce any major developments here, or for regular updates, hit the F icon opposite and join us on Facebook.

  • fRoots article and a Chart hit!

    Two pieces of good news in one day:
    The band appears in this month's fRoots Magazine, in a very complementary article by Sarah Coxson - you can order a paper copy or buy it online HERE if you like;

    Also, 'Schindig' has appeared in the Top 40 on NewUSB Radio, an on-line station dedicated to playing the music of independent bands - you can listen to NewUSB HERE.

    After a great start to the Spring Tour, the band has six concerts left in the coming fortnight: Bridgwater / Winchester / Bristol / Norwich / Cockermouth / Caerleon - we'd be delighted to see you there as ever! Details on our Concerts page HERE.

  • Spring tour underway

    March sees the band appearing at arts centres, theatres and town halls around Wales and England:
    Milton Keynes / Reading / Powys / Pembrokeshire / Bridgewater / Winchester / Bristol / Norwich / Cumbria / Caerleon.

    We'd be delighted to see you there - check the Concerts page of this website for details.

  • On Air Now - On the Road Soon!

    The airwaves have been busy all over the world with Mabon's music this past week. Tracks or interviews have featured on BBC Radio Scotland, Somerset Radio, Mana'o Radio in Hawaii (for their St David's Day Special!), and globally on the on-line NewUSB Radio, who play our music frequently.

    We'll be appearing on several programmes in the run-up to our Spring Tour too - keep in touch by Liking our Facebook Page, and please do check the Concerts page on this website to find the nearest gig to you. See you there!

  • A Baby and an Engagement!

    We interrupt the usual music updates to bring you two pieces of splendid personal news...

    Jamie and Grainne are the proud parents of a new baby girl, Lowenna Joughin. The family are all well and very happy.

    And Matt has popped the question to his partner Jen - they are engaged to be married. Huzzah!

    There are more details and some lovely photos here on our most recent newsletter.

  • 500 'Likes'!

    Our Facebook Page, which was only set up this time last year, has just hit a milestone 500 'Likes'.

    If you're not on board already, click here or use the Facebook icon opposite to visit our Page. Do click the 'Like' button, and you can stay in touch with the band on a more personal level than here on the website news.

    Let's see if we can get the next 500 off to a good start...!

  • Interview on BBC Radio Bristol

    Jamie appeared on BBC Radio Bristol's Afternoon Show this week ahead of JSMabon's appearance at Frome Folk Festival. As well as playing some of the band's music, presenter Elise Rayner quizzed Jamie about the band and the music - click here to listen again on iPlayer - and don't forget to book your Frome Folk Festival tickets too!

  • A bonus to round off the year...

    A live JSMabon track from this year's Llangollen International Eisteddfod featured on a radio "best of" this week - 'Goreuon Sesiwn Fach' on Radio Cymru gave over ten of its sixty minutes to play 'The Buck Rarebit' and an extensive chunk of Iolo's interview on the show last September. Click here to listen.

    Thanks again for your support this year. We hope you enjoyed your Christmas track - feel free to feed back on our Facebook Page. And if you did not receive it for any reason, please do let us know, and we'll send you the link anew.

    See you in 2012!
    Happy New Year - Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

  • "Ho, Ho, Ho!" A Christmas gift...

    Having recorded several tracks in the wonderful Felin Fach Studios last week, we've mixed one ready for Christmas, to send to everyone on our mailing list as a thank-you for your support this year.

    If you're not already on our mailing list, do subscribe via the form below in time to receive your free track!

  • Cover-shot for Christmas!

    Check out the cover feature on JSMabon in the December edition of Muso's Magazine!

    Take a few minutes to read the article and enjoy a spread of our new pictures free, online, here.

  • Another media triple-whammy!

    JSMabon have been garnering more positive press attention this week in the wake of the last gigs on the Autumn Tour, notably:
    A blog entry by Emma Hartley on her 'Glamour Cave' folk blog, which you can read here;
    A review of the Isle of Man gig in Peel Centenary Centre appeared in the Manx press which you can read here (and isn't that a cracking picture?!);
    And several appearances on BBC Radio to boot.
    Read on and enjoy!

  • Another appearance on BBC Alba

    'Horo Gheallaidh' screened another set of tunes by the band over the weekend. The performance of 'The Buck Rarebit' was recorded in January while the band was in Glasgow playing at Celtic Connections festival. You can watch the video via the BBC Alba iPlayer here. Enjoy!

  • On-line and on-screen

    Check these two mainstream media moments this week!

    An article by Jamie, "Waking the Muse" has featured in Properganda magazine, pondering his path to being a professional musician. You can read the article here.

    Also, the band will feature for the second time this season on BBC Alba's 'Horo Gailleadh' this Saturday evening at 10.20. You can watch the performance of 'The Buck Rarebit' on BBC Alba live here - and keep an eye on this space for the iPlayer link next week too.

  • Ticket Competition on Spiral Earth

    To conclude our week as Guest Editors on the folk and roots music website Spiral Earth, there's a chance to WIN TICKETS FOR OUR LONDON CONCERT THIS MONTH. Click here to see the full week's worth of insightful articles, live videos and band interviews, and to subscribe for the draw to win guest tickets to our gig at The Old Queens Head, Islington on 30th November.

  • JSM Spiral Earth Guest Editorial

    Great news for Jamie Smith's MABON - we are invited to be Guest Editors for the week on www.spiralearth.com, the renowned folk and roots music website, as we gear up for our Autumn Tour. Click here to see the first entries in a week-long feature of articles, videos, interviews and future plans.

  • Airplay on BBC Radio 2 tonight

    BBC Radio 2's Mike Harding played "The Buck Rarebit" on his show this evening (2/11/11), trailed the forthcoming November tour and had some complementary words to say about the band too. You can listen again on iPlayer here at about 49 minutes into the show.

  • Special Radio Cymru appearance

    Radio Cymru's 'Sesiwn Fach' programme tonight (23/10) featured live tracks from JSM's concert in Llangollen Eisteddfod this year. Iolo is also a guest on the show, and talks at length (!) about the band's history and current exploits, as well as his own musical background (in Welsh, mind you!). You can listen again on iPlayer here.

  • Great review on WorldMusic site

    After a superb evening of world music in Colston Hall in Bristol recently, where JSM headlined a glittering list of renowned artists, WorldMusic website has produced a review of the whole concert on-line.

    Click through from here to 'www.worldmusic.co.uk' to read the full review of 'Small World Mini Festival'.

    Says Glyn Phillips, "They are easily one of the best of the UKs folk bands, making full use of great melodies, driving rhythms and an irrepressible stage presence without ever having to over-egg the performance."

  • Competition - last chance!

    This week is the last chance for you to suggest a name for JSM's newest set of tunes. We've had a diverse range of suggestions in person, by email, and on the Facebook Page where the competition is posted, but there's still time to hear more ideas.
    Copy this link into your browser to see the band perform the new set on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/jamiesmithsmabon#p/c/F6EAFA8026128490/13/xXL2sK3VjPo , then go to our Facebook Page and make your own suggestion, to earn a place in Mabonny history!

  • WOMEX 2013 comes to Cardiff

    Here's some news hot off the press - Cardiff has just been announced as the winning city in the bid to host the WOMEX World Music Trade Fair in 2013. Congratulations to 'Team Wales' - Cerdd Cymru, a collaboration of Welsh Music Foundation, Wales Arts International, Wales Arts Council and others - who have been working tirelessly towards this goal for some time.

    Last year's WOMEX in Copenhagen culminated in a 'Wales Showcase' designed to consolidate their efforts, featuring a host of Welsh talent. Catrin Finch as compere/performer, Calan, 9Bach and a headline slot from Mabon made for a glittering night of contemporary Welsh culture to draw attention to Wales as an active nation on the international world music stage.

    We're very pleased to have contributed to this success, and glad that the team effort came good. JSM continues to be very much involved: Jamie collaborated with Calan's Angharad Jenkins to play a special set at the announcement party in Cardiff yesterday, and 'Our Man' John Eeles will be in Womex Copenhagen again this year representing the band.

    We're looking forward to seeing the Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff Bay buzzing in the Autumn of 2013 with thousands of visitors, artists and music industry professionals from every part of the globe!

  • Schumacher Festival, Colston Hall

    On Saturday 8th of October we are headlining an evening of World music in the Colston Hall 1 as part of the Schumacher Centenary Festival. The event celebrates the life and vision of E.F. Schumacher, pioneer of green economics and one of the 20th century's greatest thinkers. JSM is headlining the SmallWorld evening concert, which features outstanding World artists including Indian master musician Trilok Gurtu, Senegal’s Seckou Keita and The Dhol Foundation.

    The gig details are on our Concerts page.

    A full write up of the festival can be found here: http://www.colstonhall.org/whatson/Event2679


  • Radio Appearances Galore!

    Many thanks to our fans old and new who packed out Level 3 for tonight's concert in St David's Hall - what a great audience!

    If you couldn't come, and you fancy a fix, there have been no less than five radio appearances this week, and three are available to 'listen again' on-line:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00k03f6/Alex_Lewis_11_09_2011/ to hear an interview with Jamie and Iolo on BBC Radio Bristol about the forthcoming Small World concert in Colston Hall;

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00jy0c1/The_Drift_Fylde_Folk_Festival to hear a rave review and a straight-off-stage interview with Jamie, Adam and Matt after last weekend's concert at Fylde Folk Festival; and

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/cy/console/b014hr85 to hear Iolo interviewed (in Welsh!) by BBC Radio Cymru's Nia Roberts.

    Keep an eye on this home page and we'll keep letting you know what's going on!

  • LIVE PERFORMANCE ON S4/C THIS WEEK

    Welsh-language magazine programme 'Wedi 7' this Monday night (5th September) will feature a live performance of a much-loved popular track. You can hear "Hummingbird" live, and an interview with Iolo, by watching S4/C at 7pm, on your television or on S4/C live online.

  • Listen again to WOMAD gig highlights!



    If you missed the various radio airplay over the last week featuring the band's concert in WOMAD, you can still listen (or listen again!) by following these links to BBC Radio 3's 'World on 3' (about 30 minutes in), and to BBC Scotland's 'Global Gathering', which features an interview and three live tracks about 65 minutes into the programme.


    There's also a great collection of pictures on this site as well as two videos from the concert featuring the wonderful Mabonettes! Click on 'Gallery' in the main menu above to see the band on and off stage at WOMAD.

  • WOMAD gig gets copious airplay!



    The BBC Radio 3 Stage in WOMAD was jumping last Friday afternoon when we played our debut concert at this fabulous festival. You can hear highlights from our performance on no less than four radio shows this week, some of which also feature interviews with Jamie:

    - Listen again to last Saturday's "Womad Live" on BBC Radio 3 here at about 2 hrs 16 min in;

    - Check out BBC Radio Scotland's 'Global Gathering' tonight (Tuesday 2nd August) after the news at 8pm;

    - Listen to BBC Radio 3's 'World on 3' this Friday (5th August) at 11pm;

    - And catch the band on 'Off the Beaten Track' on Somerset Radio this Sunday (7th August) at 7pm.

  • Videos and photos galore!



    We've been busy adding new videos and photos of recent gigs to the gallery section. Check them out here.

  • National Rural Touring Forum Conference



    Jamie Smith's Mabon were invited by the Night Out scheme to showcase at the National Rural Touring Forum Conference, which took place at the university campus in Caerleon, Monmouthshire on the 13th of July. We're looking forward to playing a village hall near you soon! Find out more about the NRTF here.

  • Jamie, Iolo, Adam and Matt are to perform live on the second episode of the S4C show 'Y Goets Fawr' next week. The programme broadcasts at 8.25pm - 9.30pm on Monday, 27th June. Find out more about the series here.

  • WOMAD here we come!



    Some fantastic news we've been dying to share for a few weeks and can now confirm: JSM are playing at WOMAD Charlton Park 2011! We're delighted to be representing Wales and the wider Celtic world at one the most prestigious festivals and biggest celebration of world music and dance on the planet!

    Our debut WOMAD performance will happen on the BBC Radio 3 stage at 4pm on Friday 29th July.

    Find out all about WOMAD and plan your weekend at www.womad.org

  • Spiral Award presentation



    A backstage shot of Matt, Jamie and Iolo - showing the Spiral Award for 'Best Instrumental Album' won by Mabon's 'Live at the Grand Pavilion' - taken shortly after they were presented with the award officially by Dave Kushar from Spiral Earth on stage at the start of the JSM concert at Bristol Folk Festival, Colston Hall.


    Thanks once again to everyone who voted for the album and to all the musicians and people whose skills went into making it. Scroll down for more information in an earlier news entry.

  • Visit to Buckingham Palace

    On Monday 9th May Jamie attended a Reception given by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace to celebrate Young People in the Performing Arts.


    Along with around 500 other guests, including a few famous ones, Jamie got to meet the Queen briefly and join her in enjoying a special orchestral concert inspired by Romeo and Juliet, featuring Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Joe McElderry, Rumer, street dancers Flawless and rapper Ironik. The concert also included ballet and scenes acted out from Shakespeare's play.


    Jamie described the invitation as "an honour and a privilege, not to mention extremely fortunate!".

  • Bristol Folk Festival gig review


    Below is our first full gig review of the year, for our concert at Bristol Folk Festival, Colston Hall:


    VARIETY, ENERGY & EXCITEMENT

    The start of this highly anticipated set by much talked-about Jamie Smith's Mabon was held up for a few minutes so that they could be presented with their trophy for winning the Best Instrumental Album category in the annual Spiral Earth Folk Awards.


    No one would doubt that the Welsh five-piece were worthy recipients after this set which was dominated by frenetic, multi-layered instrumentals that were all traditional in flavour but actually composed by the accordion-playing frontman Jamie Smith. Almost every tune drew inspiration from the traditional dance music of the Celtic nations, although some influence of music from a lot further afield was also discernible. There were bits of Klezmer, Baltic music, jazz, funk and a lot more, all incredibly tightly arranged and played with skill and loads of energy.


    Jamie Smith's fingers raced across the accordion keyboard at blistering speed, Oliver Wilson-Dixon's violin playing was sensational, the bouzouki player showed that he was more than capable of matching them for pace and the electric bass guitar and drums gave it all a folk-rock feel.


    By the middle of the second number the almost capacity main hall crowd was clapping along and people were dancing in the aisle.


    An hour of mostly instrumental folk might have palled but there was so much variety, energy and excitement that your interest level was never in danger of slipping and the huge roar of approval and standing ovation at the end were well deserved.


    Review by Keith Clark for the Bristol Evening Post.

  • Songs from the Shed

    Musicians are slowly being sorted into two groups: those that have played 'the shed' and those that haven't. We are pleased to now be in the former, having finally recorded a tune for the guys at their special mobile shed at Bristol Folk Festival last weekend.


    Over the festival they managed to film 52 performances, including Seth Lakeman, Show of Hands and ourselves, in a suitably cramped room at Colston Hall, which had been set up as a replica of the real shed! Due to the rustic nature of the recording conditions, we played a four piece unplugged version of 'The Buck Rarebit', captured immediately after our main stage Saturday afternoon concert. Judging by the lively tempo of this rendition, adrenaline levels were still racing!


    You can watch the video in our gallery, or find it alongside the other artist videos from Bristol Folk Festival on the Songs from the Shed website.

  • Irish Music Magazine/Sing Out! album reviews



    Two late additions to the long list of 'Live at the Grand Pavilion' reviews: one from long-time Mabon enthusiasts, Irish Music Magazine, and another from respected american folk publication 'Sing Out!'. Here are a couple of flattering morsels we've bitten off from the IMM review (Iolo, prepare to blush!):


    "The tracks are genuinely mesmeric, building up to vivacious leaping crescendos, ideal for dancing and explain why Mabon are one of the most popular Celtic bands in the UK."


    "Whelan's percussion is intelligent and his use of cymbals to add colour to the music clearly shows his jazz training."


    "A band to catch live if you are within a hundred miles of their gigs, bring your dancing shoes, you'll need them."


    Both reviews can be viewed, along with all the album reviews we have received so far, in the promo/media section. Scroll down to find the 'docs' section and left-click on the file 'Live at the Grand Pavilion album reviews' to download and view.

  • fRoots magazine album review



    Well they've taken their time about it, but a review of Mabon's award-winning album (sounds good that) Live at the Grand Pavilion has finally come in from leading folk publication fRoots. It was worth the wait! Here are a couple of choice quotes:


    "As live albums go, this one's a bit of a corker"


    "Brother, Mabon are comin' through - powerful, authentic and a tad wonderful"


    "It's a crime Mabon aren't up for a Folk Award!"


    The full review can be viewed, along with all the album reviews we have received so far, in the promo/media section. Scroll down to find the 'docs' section and left-click on the file 'Live at the Grand Pavilion album reviews' to download and view.

  • BBC Radio 3's Late Junction

    Presenter Max Reinhardt picked Fiddlers Despair from Live at the Grand Pavilion to play on BBC Radio 3's Late Junction last night (Wed 16th March) as part of an eclectic programme that is well worth listening to on iPlayer.

  • Spiral Award Winners!



    We are delighted to announce that Mabon's Live at the Grand Pavilion album has won the Best Instrumental Album Award at the 2011 Spiral Awards! A massive thank you must go to all of you who voted for the album, it is hugely appreciated.


    Live at the Grand Pavilion was recorded in Porthcawl, South Wales, in the Autumn of 2009 and released in the early Summer of 2010. Since then it has received much critical acclaim, a fantastic response from fans old and new, and now an award to cap it all off. The Mabon line-up that performed on the album is listed below, and congratulations go to all of them for the album's continuing success.


    Jamie Smith - Accordion

    Ruth Angell - Fiddle

    Calum Stewart - Flute/pipes

    Derek Smith - Guitar

    Matt Downer - Basses

    Iolo Whelan - Drums and percussion


    To find out more about the awards and see a list of all the winners please visit www.spiralearth.co.uk.

  • Welcome to our new website

    Welcome to our brand spanking new website. What better way to start the new year than with a fresh new name and fantastic new line-up?

    Mabon as you knew it may have ended, but 'JAMIE SMITH'S MABON' continues the journey with an exciting new line-up featuring new member Adam Rhodes on bouzouki. Originally from the Isle of Man, Adam now hides out in Edinburgh and we're very much looking forward to working and partying with him in the coming years.

    Of course, with arrivals often come departures and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Derek for all his hard work down the years.

    So on with the new chapter, we hope you join us for the ride! Diolch.

  • The Living Tradition album review



    The Living Tradition magazine has reviewed Live at the Grand Pavilion in its new issue and we're pleased to say it's yet another good review for the album. The review can be read online at www.livingtradition.co.uk. Here are a couple of excerpts:


    "Funk, fizz and ferment are typical words used to describe the music of this energetic, punchy and rhythmic band."


    "Anyone interested in the music of Lunasa, Flook, Lau and Michael McGoldrick's work, solo and with Capercaillie, and the Breton group Guichen, will find much to please them. Performances at both concerts are tight and fluent"


    The review can also be viewed, along with all the album reviews we have received so far, in the promo/media section. Scroll down to find the 'docs' section and left-click on the file 'Live at the Grand Pavilion album reviews' to download and view.

  • 4* Songlines album review



    Live at the Grand Pavilion has received another great review, this time from world music mag giants, Songlines. The album was given 4/5 stars by the notoriously hard to please publication in a review that describes Mabon's music as "Celtic music beyond borders" and summarised by saying "as an introduction to the band, this double live set nails it."

    The review can be viewed, along with all the album reviews we have received so far, in the promo/media section. Scroll down to find the 'docs' section and left-click on the file 'Live at the Grand Pavilion album reviews' to download and view.

  • Acoustic Magazine album review



    We're almost embarrassed to announce another awesomely positive review for Live at the Grand Pavilion. Almost. Acoustic Magazine is the UK's No.1 magazine for acoustic music. Each issue features interviews with the world's top acoustic musicians and singer songwriters. Here's a couple of quotes snatched from their review of 'Live', which has been published in the Jan 2011 issue, out now:


    "The band rip up a firestorm on a selection of clever tunes"


    "Roots music of the highest order"


    The review can be viewed, along with all the album reviews we have received so far, in the promo/media section. Scroll down to find the 'docs' section and left-click on the file 'Live at the Grand Pavilion album reviews' to download and view.

  • Financial Times review



    The Financial Times strongly recommends everybody invest in Mabon albums now!


    Mabon - Live at the Grand Pavilion

    by David Honigmann

    4/5 stars


    Mabon have a fearsome reputation as a live band and this set, recorded in front of a home crowd in Porthcawl, shows why. The frontline of fizzing accordion and breakneck fiddle is that of a folk band, but the bass and drums have a looser, jazzier feel.



    Scottish ringer Calum Stewart plays flute and pipes, playing a contemplative flute melody on "divers alarums". The Celtic folk strays into Mazurkas and an eastern European feel on "The Tale of Nikolai, the Dancing Bear". After some they go out with all guns blazing on "Easy on the Reels".

    View and share this article online by clicking here.

  • More reviews...

    Live at the Grand Pavilion has received yet more media attention with reviews appearing in English Song and Dance Magazine and Irish World Newspaper. These reviews can be viewed, along with all the album reviews we have received so far, in the promo/media section. Scroll down to find the 'docs' section and left-click on the file 'Live at the Grand Pavilion album reviews' to download and view.

  • BBC Radio Devon Richard Digance Show now on iplayer.

    Jamie and Iolo appeared on 'Richard Digance's Devon Folk' on Sunday 28th November for an extended chat, airplay from the album, and a rare live accordion/percussion rendition of Schindig! The show is available to listen again on iplayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007h3v0

  • Mabon performed 'La Randonnée' live on S4C evening show Wedi 7 on Tuesday (16th Nov).

  • Fantastic album review from the BBC

    Great review just in from BBC Music - read it online: www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/5g3q

  • Live on The Durbervilles show - BBC Radio Leeds



    Jamie and Iolo appeared live on BBC Radio Leeds' entertaining show, The Durbervilles on Sunday evening (14th Nov). The boys had a humorous chat with presenters Mark, Lee and David and also played a tune live on air. Check it out on iplayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/The_Durbervilles_Mabon/

  • BBC Radio West Midlands interview

    An interview with Jamie and airplay from the new album on Paul Franks' drivetime show on BBC WM are now available to listen again online at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00bs9lx (2hrs 45mins in)

  • More BBC Radio spots...

    Jamie has been busy chatting to numerous presenters this week about the tour and the new album. Wednesday evening (3rd November) at around 9.15pm you can hear his interview with Keith Warmington for BBC Radio Bristol, also transmitting on BBC Radios Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestshire. Thursday daytime (4th November) at around 3.20pm Jamie will be on BBC Radio Lincolnshire promoting the forthcoming gig in Stamford Arts Centre this Friday (5th November) More radio-activities to be announced soon. See what we did there? Listen online:

    www.bbc.co.uk/radiobristol

    www.bbc.co.uk/radiolincolnshire

  • BBC Radio 3 'World Routes' – WOMEX Special

    Following a fantastic showcase concert at WOMEX, Mabon is featured on the next 'World Routes' show, with live highlights from the gig and an interview with Jamie taken backstage. Programme details below:


    Saturday 6th November, 15:00 on BBC Radio 3: Highlights from WOMEX, the annual gathering of the world music industry, which takes place this year in Copenhagen. WOMEX showcases the newest bands and the freshest talent in world music, and Lucy Duran introduces performances by Finnish accordion virtuoso Maria Kalaniemi, the leading singer of the Reunion Islands Danyel Waro, and Welsh band Mabon, named after the stormy winds of the autumn equinox. Producer Roger Short.


    Maria Kalaniemi is a leading figure in the extraordinary Scandinavian accordion movement, playing music rooted in folk styles as well as contemporary music in bands such as Accordion Tribe.


    Danyel Waro grew up singing his local style called 'Maloya', which combines influences from across the Indian Ocean. Maloya was once banned by the French colonists, and became a symbol of the Islands' struggle for independence.


    Mabon are based in Wales, but draw their influences from across the celtic world. They are led by Jamie Smith on accordion, with fellow Welshman Oli Wilson-Dickson on fiddle, Scottish musician Calum Stewart on wooden flute, and Jamie's dad Derek on guitar.

    The programme will be on Listen Again for seven days. World Routes homepage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tnmp

  • 'Beginner's Guide to Celtic' CD Box Set



    Mabon has been chosen to appear on a new box set CD featuring some of the finest artists in Celtic music today. Compiled by musician and broadcaster Mary Ann Kennedy, presenter of BBC Radio 3's World on 3 and BBC Scotland's Global Gathering, the triple CD set 'Beginner's Guide to Celtic' will be released on November 1st on the Nascente label (part of the Demon Music Group, the UK's largest independent record company).


    The 44-track CD traces the history of Celtic music, featuring key acts from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Brittany. The first CD 'Sparks' showcases the icons of Celtic music – the original sparks that ignited the Celtic music scene, while CD2 'Bright Fire' focuses on "bright burning contemporary acts."
    Mabon's popular 'File Under Biddley' track will appear on CD3 'Beacons', which highlights acoustic acts that "mix influences, break down boundaries and cross borders". Mabon's acclaimed Interceltic sound, which takes on board influences from central and eastern Europe as well as Kletzmer, was deemed perfect for the recording which also features such great acts as Cerys Matthews, Capercaillie, Karine Polwart, John McCusker, Peatbog Faeries, Salsa Celtica, Altan, Brenda Wootton and The Battlefield Band.



    Says Mary Ann Kennedy: "This compilation represents the broadest possible side to Celtic music and reclaims the territory from all that Celtic pish! When we were researching artists for the album, Mabon stood out as a breath of fresh air in Welsh music."


    More information on the release, including a full track listing can be found here.

  • Mabon's "Live at the Grand Pavilion" is to be "Album of the Week" on Glasgow's Celtic Music Radio from Saturday, November 6th. The main feature, to be broadcast at 12 midnight on November 6th and 6pm on Monday November 8th, will include an interview with Jamie Smith and airplay for up to six tracks. Tracks will continue to be played on the station's morning and afternoon programmes throughout the week and the album will also feature on the homepage of the website at www.celticmusicradio.net.

  • Celtic Heartbeat



    Jamie and Iolo got together with Mabon's favourite presenter, and all round top bloke, Frank Hennessey recently to chat about the band and new album. You can listen to the interview on Frank's show, Celtic Heartbeat, which was broadcast last Saturday night (23rd October) on BBC Radio Wales. Luckily you can listen again online by clicking here.You can find us about 43mins into the show, but listen to it all if you have time!

  • Critics give thumbs up to Live at the Grand Pavilion



    On the 25th of October, Live at the Grand Pavilion will go on general release through Proper Music Distribution. Reviews, along with radio airplays, have started to flood in: below are some of the fantastic comments we've received so far.

    "A top band led by one hell of an accordion player and arranger"
    Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

    "Like their name, Mabon kick up an equinoxal storm on stage"
    Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3's "World on 3"

    "Stunning – music of five-star quality and studio crisp"
    R2 (Rock n Reel) Magazine

    "Normally I'm not a lover of a completely instrumental act but this album just blew me away" – Maverick 4 1/2 * review

    "Live At The Grand Pavilion captures a band that really knows how to put together a gig" – FATEA Magazine

    "A great big brilliant bruiser of a live album" – BRFM Radio

    "Just stunning!" – Mick Peat, BBC Midlands

    "Purely instrumental folk music rarely gets this good - the performances are all exquisite" – Suite 101

    "Mabon have established a cult following for their highly skilful, highly energetic performances – their live shows have a passion that makes audiences dance and think at the same time."
    The Jazz Mann

    "Taking up the reins where Capercaillie once held court, with lively 'kick ass' folk-rock arrangements (predominantly all penned by Smith) you can tell why this line-up goes down a storm at festivals. There's a certain joy that brings a smile to the face when you hear material this well presented."
    Folking.com

    "Jamie Smith has matured into a startling and visionary writer whose tunes just about fill Mabon's set. "What a marvellous, brilliant souvenir of Mabon's mammoth OK UK tour of Britain. Pure, unadulterated magic!" – Taplas Magazine

    "Led by Jamie Smith's dexterous accordion arrangements, the music on all Mabon's work today is of a supremely high standard. Long may it continue." – Northern Sky

Read more...

mailing list

tunes

© 2014 jamie smith's mabon - site created by BackBeat Design