This week’s Album of the Week is Mabon – Live at the Grand Pavillion
Our feature programme, with an interview with Jamie Smith, can be heard on Monday 8th November from 6pm
Mabon – Live at the Grand Pavillion captures all the energy and pizzazz of their acclaimed live show and underlining their fast-rising status on the folk roots and world music scene.
Mabon’s music is well described as Original, Interceltic, World Music. Composed by frontman Jamie Smith, and brought to life by six highly accomplished musicians, it draws inspiration directly from the traditional folk music of the Celtic countries. This is not Welsh music, nor Scottish or Irish; this is Interceltic music, a true exploration of forms and styles found in Celtic music and their forging into something bold and new.
Mabon’s current six-piece line-up has been playing together for three years. Today’s Mabon evolved from a traditional Welsh four-piece band, which formed in 2000. Three original members remain – Jamie, his father Derek and drummer Iolo. Fiddler Gareth Whelan, Iolo’s brother, left the band in 2004.
Mabon is an instrumental band led by Jamie Smith on accordion, Oli Wilson-Dickson on fiddle and Calum Stewart on wooden flute. These three musicians share a musical rapport that allows them flow seamlessly between incredibly tight tune-playing and open, multi-layered textures.
Click on the album cover to purchase a copy of Mabon – Live at the Grand Pavillion from Amazon.