Jamie Smith's Mabon
Jamie Smith's MABON are Wales' finest purveyors of original InterCeltic music and are consistently considered one of the outstanding live UK roots acts.
Through songs and melodies, from thoughtful lyrics to energetic jigs and reels, a haunting Welsh-language love-song or a driving sing-along epic all are given the same refreshing, creative treatment as the band dances along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound.
They had a busy year last year, touring widely in Britain, Brittany, Belgium and Borneo! Composer, accordionist and lead singer Jamie is joined at the front of the stage by fiddler Oliver Wilson-Dickson and by Adam Rhodes on bouzouki. Behind them are two consummate accompanists, Matthew Downer on electric and upright basses and percussionist Iolo Whelan at the drum kit. Between them they create a fluid yet undeniably solid and groovy foundation, tastefully supporting the front line through gracious airs, cantering songs and dancey reels alike.
The band have won Spiral Earth’s Best Group Award in 2014 (by public vote), and their Best Instrumental Album Award in 2010.