Mabon: Live at the Grand Pavilion


Live at the Grand Pavilion

(Easy on the Records)

Mabon have a fearsome reputation as a live band and this set, recorded in front of a home crowd in Porthcawl, shows why. The frontline of fizzing accordion and breakneck fiddle is that of a folk band, but the bass and drums have a looser, jazzier feel.

Scottish ringer Calum Stewart plays flute and pipes, playing a contemplative flute melody on “diverse alarums”. The Celtic folk strays into Mazurkas and an eastern European feel on “The Tale of Nikolai, the Dancing Bear”. After some they go out with all guns blazing on “Easy on the Reels”.

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