The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 24 November 2012 is the new CD from Jamie Smith’s Mabon called ‘Windblown’.
Ross Macfadyen talks to Jamie about the band’s new CD, the songs and the background to Welsh band Mabon.
Jamie Smith’s Mabon are Wales’ finest purveyors of original ‘InterCeltic’ music. As comfortable on a world music stage as in a folk setting, theirs is a music that travels beyond borders to explore the forms and styles of the Celtic traditions and work then anew.
Through songs and melodies, from thoughtful lyrics to joyful jigs, graceful mazurkas to ecstatic muñera, here is a band that can take you on an emotional journey. More than just a show, more than inspired composition and skilful arrangement, you can expect to witness the joy of creating music expressed in dynamic, virtuosic performance.
Tunesmith, accordionist and lead singer Jamie is joined at the front of the stage by fiddler Oliver Wilson-Dickson (of Ian Macmillan Orchestra and Zsapora renown) and by Adam Rhodes on bouzouki. Recordings and occasional concerts also feature special guest Calum Stewart, Scotland’s leading exponent of the wooden flute.
The band first formed in 1999 when Jamie Smith, his father Derek, Iolo Whelan and his brother Gareth began exploring the more dynamic side of traditional Welsh and other Celtic dance music in an acoustic quartet of fiddle, accordion, guitar and percussion.
Soon, Jamie started to experiment with composition, and the traditional Celtic tunes of Mabon’s early days gradually made way for his own creations, influenced both by traditional music and by other, more contemporary Celtic artists.
Reviewers of the new CD ‘Windblown’
“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
Buy a copy of the Mabon ‘Windblown’ album through our Amazon link here.
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