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Jamie Smith's MABON

c/o John Eeles
1, Burwood Rd, Torrington
EX38 7NE Devon
United Kingdom


Jamie Smith's MABON (JSM). One of the UK's foremost Celtic/World roots bands, playing original, stunning, livewire and joyous songs and tunes.

public contact

  • phone: +44 7885 562016
  • eMail: email to Jamie Smith's MABON public contact

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  • Artist
    • Agent/Booker
    • Manager

participating in

  • WOMEX 2015
  • WOMEX 2014
  • WOMEX 2013
  • WOMEX 2011
  • WOMEX 2010
  • WOMEX 2008
  • WOMEX 2007
  • WOMEX 2005
  • virtualWOMEX

company description

Jamie Smith’s MABON (Wales)UK – Promoter / Presenter Information

“If music could fuel engines, Mabon could solve the energy crisis” Songlines

Winner : Spiralearth ‘Best Group 2014’ Award, U.K.
Winner: ‘Eiserner Eversteiner 2014’ Audience Award. Germany/Europe
Winner : Spiralearth ‘Best Instrumental Album 2011’

Now consistently celebrated as one of the outstanding UK based Celtic /World roots acts, the 5 piece band of virtuoso musicians have built their standing through performing a show that is “…Exhilarating, just exhilarating – a band that perform with such enjoyment, excitement, style and wit – no histrionics, just a show of originality, energy and integrity..”, (Jun-Lin Yeoh, Artistic Director, Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo)

The band are constantly working: across the UK, Europe and further afield, and this has provided the platform for their blistering live shows. Songs, harmonies, instrumentals- a broad musical palette, the combination of talented musicianship and original music has been rewarded by the depth and breadth of events the band has been invited to perform at; and the collection of multiple awards from supporters and critics alike has only enhanced their considerable reputation.

“Jamie Smith’s Mabon are a class act.” fROOTS

Amongst the events the band have performed at are leading European festivals, including WOMAD, Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Shetland F.F. Cropredy, Hebcelt, Festival Interceltique de Lorient,Festival do Mundo Celta de Ortigueira, Schottish Weekend, Music Meeting, Festival de Cornouailles, and Traversee de Tatihou.
Further afield the Rainforest World Music Festival, Borneo.

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 and a modern rhythm section, the band perform outstanding original compositions - both instrumental and vocal –mostly written and composed by their talented accordionist.
The driving rhythms of jigs and reels; a funk and groove fueled mash-up; a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; 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.

“a truly compulsive ride – brilliant ” The Independent

The band; they are the soul of this music, are acclaimed in their own right, consummate musicians, versed and confident in their abilities on their chosen instruments, and combined into a force of unerring style, intricacy and connection.

““a fearsome reputation as a live band… stratospheric” Financial Times

The band have recorded 5 albums – ‘Ridiculous Thinkers’, ‘OK Pewter’, Live at the Grand Pavilion’, ‘Windblown’ and ‘The Space Between’

“ Epic.....Mabon became famous ……thanks to the power and versatility of Smith's remarkable accordion work" The Guardian

Appearances across the media have included: TV appearances on BBC2, S4C and BBC ALBA: Radio Interviews on BBC2, 3 and many Regional BBC and Independent stations and also widely across Europe and North America: Editorials and reviews in The Guardian, The Independent, Financial Times, The Telegraph, Mojo, Froots, Living Tradition,Irish Music Magazine, Songlines, etc

Jamie Smith –Vocals, Accordian
Oli Wilson-Dickson –Vocals, Fiddle
Paul Rogers - Acoustic Gtr
Matt Downer – Electric and Upright Basses
Iolo Whelan – Vocals, Drums, Percussion

Past Shows:

The band have performed at some of the UK’S most prestigious festivals and events including – Celtic Connections(2), Cropredy, WOMAD, Cambridge – and also include performances for the Welsh First Ministers’ Gala – Ryder Cup, and the NATO Conference (Newport, Wales) Media Corps amongst their C.V.

UK Festival Headline performances include Broadstairs, Welsh Proms, Derby, Gower, St Ives, Banbury, Llangollen International Eisteddfod, Priddy, Yn Chruinnaght, Chester, Mull of Kintyre etc etc………

World /European Festivals – selection :

Rainforest World Music Festival - Borneo
Het Lindeboom – France
Festival de Cornouailles, Quimper- France
Festival Interceltique - Lorient – France
Music Meeting – Netherlands
Gooikorts – Belgium
Scots Festival –Belgium
Deerlycke Festival-Belgium
North Sea Festival – Belgium
FestivaI Interceltique – Sendim – Portugal
Festival Interceltique– Ortiguiera – Spain
Sassari – Sardinia
Traversee de Tatihou – France
Celtica – Italy
Magia Celtica - Italy
Zamek - Poland
JSM have also performed in Denmark (WOMEX) Romania, and Germany,

“An ebullient outfit famed for brilliant live shows...” Colin Irwin, MOJO

John Eeles – Manager info@jamiesmithsmabon.com ++44 (0)7885 562016






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