Jamie Smith’s Mabon will be celebrating 20 years since forming as a band in South Wales with members of two families coming together to play Welsh traditional music, particularly for the twmpath, the Welsh ceili. Over the years, Jamie Smith’s dazzling accordion has been the forge for a very full tunebook of his own compositions. More recently he has also been singing, and again has provided a lot of his own material.
Playing at many Celtic festivals, Mabon were brought into contact with Manx musicians and dancers, and there has been a strong Manx connection for much of their 20 year existence. Jamie himself now lives in Peel and plays not only with Mabon but with the trio Barrule. As a member of the trio Alaw with two other members of Mabon, he performed Welsh music at the BBC’s Folk Prom in 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall, broadcast on BBC TV and Radio.
Mabon present a wide dynamic range, from quiet, reflective melodies and songs to loud and exciting music which has brought audiences to their feet on three continents so far. They will provide a strong opening concert for Yn Chruinnaght Celtic Gathering at the Centenary Centre on Wednesday 17th July.
This concert is sponsored by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company