Friday, 22 October 2010

Mabon on Celtic collection

Welsh band MABON have been chosen to appear on a new box set CD featuring some of the finest artists in Celtic music today.
Compiled by musician and broadcaster Mary Ann Kennedy, presenter of BBC Radio 3’s World on 3 and BBC Scotland’s Global Gathering, the triple CD set Beginner’s Guide to Celtic will be released on November 1 on the Nascente label (part of the Demon Music Group, the UK’s largest independent record company).
The 44-track CD traces the history of Celtic music featuring key acts from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall and Brittany. The first CD, “Sparks”, showcases the icons of Celtic music – the original sparks that ignited the Celtic music scene while CD2 “Bright Fire” focuses on “bright burning contemporary acts.”
Mabon’s File Under Biddley track will appear on CD3 - “Beacons” – which highlights acoustic acts that “mix influences, break down boundaries and cross borders”. Mabon’s acclaimed Interceltic sound, which takes on board influences from central and eastern Europe as well as kletzmer, was deemed perfect for the recording which also features such great acts as Cerys Matthews, Capercaillie, Karine Polwart, John McCusker , Peatbog Faeries, Salsa Celtica, Altan, Brenda Wootton and Battlefield Band. 
Says Mary Ann Kennedy:”This compilation represents the broadest possible side to Celtic music and reclaims the territory from all that Celtic pish! When we were researching artists for the album Mabon stood out as a breath of fresh air in Welsh music.” 
On Monday (October 25) Mabon release their own live album, Live at the Grand Pavilion - capturing all the energy and pizzazz of their acclaimed live show and underlining their fast-rising status on the folk roots and world music scene. 
Led by the indecently talented young accordionist and tunes meister Jamie Smith, Mabon have won over festival and theatre audiences across Europe with their insatiable and unique blend of InterCeltic music and rabble rousing funk folk. 
Back on Welsh home turf last autumn the all-male six piece recorded Live at the Grand Pavilion on the final atmospheric “homecoming” night of their buoyant OK UK tour, in Porthcawl, on the South Wales coast. Accompanying the 10-track CD is a free bonus DVD filmed on the same tour at the Quay Arts Centre on the Isle of Wight – making a complete 107 minute value package perfectly showcasing their exemplary musicianship and intoxicating live act.
Drawing inspiration from the traditional music of the Celtic countries, 27-year old Jamie’s compositions see jigs and reels jostling for space alongside other dance-related forms including Breton an dro, French mazurka and Galician muinera in an exuberant, feelgood show. 
Mabon (meaning autumn equinox), also features Young Scottish Musician of the Year finalist Calum Stewart on wooden flute and pipes and stand-out fiddler Oli Wilson-Dickson (Ruth Angell deputises on fiddle on the new album). Keeping it in the family, Jamie’s father Derek Smith, who founded the original Mabon, plays acoustic guitar and the line-up is completed by Matt Downer on bass and the irrepressible Iolo Whelan on drums and percussion. 
Next week Mabon are off to Copenhagen where they will showcase for Wales at the world music trade fair.
On November 4, Mabon resume their autumn UK tour with dates in Cardiff, Stamford, Hebden Bridge, Worcester, Uley, Swindon and Bristol.

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