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Jamie Smith’s Mabon

Mabon   Jamie Smith’s Mabon (JSM) explores 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 with a modern rhythm section, the five-piece band performs outstanding original compositions – both instrumental and vocal – mostly written and composed by their dynamic accordionist Jamie. The driving rhythms of jigs, groove-fuelled reels,  a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; a sing-along epic, 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.


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