IRISH Music magazine have dubbed Jamie Smith's Mabon "a band to catch live if you are within a hundred miles of their gigs". Fortunately for anyone in North Devon on Friday, such commitment is not necessary.
Burrington Village Hall plays host to an act causing a stir in the folk universe. As well as accolades from BBC2's Mike Harding and awards such as Best Instrumental Album from Spiral Earth, the band has headlined at WOMAD and Fairport's Cropredy Convention, and performed sessions on BBC Radio 2 and 3.
Their music is described as a blend of world music, Celtic roots and funk folk. Led by Jamie Smith (described by Harding as "one hell of an accordion player and arranger"), the Welsh quintet combine traditional instruments such as fiddle and bouzouki with a modern rhythm section.
"Jamie Smith's Mabon are one of the top folk bands playing the UK," said Fiona Fraser-Smith of Beaford Arts.
"They'll be performing an exciting blend of musical styles and songs, and are a great night out – especially if you like to dance!"
Jamie Smith's Mabon play Burrington Parish Hall on Friday, September 13, doors 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets: £8 (adult), £6 (child), £25 (family). Phone: 01769 520934.