Delighted to say that Mawkin will be kicking off Folk at the Hall in style on the Friday night. We've seen these guys many times over the years and we're thrilled we've finally managed to get them to Trelawnyd.

5 years on from their hat trick of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations, Mawkin returned with their boldest album to date in 2015. ‘The Ties That Bind’ is a veritable romp of rousing chorus songs and ballsy folk tunes played with all the verve and conviction you have come to expect from this quintet of cheeky Essex boys. The premise of the album was clear explains guitarist and singer David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, TRED) “Essentially, this albums only preconceived purpose was to simply let you have fun while trying your damnedest to find some deeper meaning. We’re not making a statement apart from don’t hurt yourself while you’re dancing in the kitchen.” The songs themselves are unapologetic, gritty tales of being tied to something, somewhere or someone, punctuated with the invigorating instrumentals that have become the trademark of Mawkin’s sound. Rousing songs of rebellion are sung by brothers David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) and fiddler James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) all underpinned by the virtuosic bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon (Kate Rusby, Jim Moray) and a solid rhythm section with Danny Crump on Bass and Lee Richardson (Diverted, Extreme Music) on Drums. ‘The Ties That Bind’ is the latest step in the bands career that has seen them featured on BBC and ITV for Jools Holland and Ade Edmondson respectively, live sets on BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris show and BBC Radio 4’s Clive Anderson’s ‘Loose Ends’ show as well as appearing at a number of high profile festivals; Cambridge Folk Festival, Larmer Tree Festival and Shrewsbury Festival.

Since their formation in 2002, Mawkin have grown into one of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock, they are no strangers to the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene while still reigning all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe. Forged out of the electric partnership of

brothers Jamie and David Delarre, Mawkin are a concoction of brilliantly inventive musicianship and uninhibited energy. Initially coming together as a 3-piece the Delarre brothers enlisted the help of good friend and rock bassist Danny Crump. Starting out as a “bunch of mates” they played to a rapturous crowd at the 2002 Dartmoor Festival and before long Mawkin were performing at festivals across the country even though 2/3rds of the band weren’t old enough to drive. In 2007 the band released their spectacular debut ‘The Fair Essex’, an album which cleverly wove together a narrative of English summers, picturesque coastal towns and villages its been praised for its “gypsy jazz stylings, rural sound effects and samples its beauty is in the detail”, one of MOJO’s folk albums of the year ‘The Fair Essex’ was a landmark in the bands history.

Subsequent tours and festivals followed the success of their debut and the next two years was spent honing their skills and building on their energetic live shows in the UK and Europe, supporting a diverse selection of artists on tours; Eliza Carthy, Billy Bragg, Show of Hands and Mr Scruff. A chance meet with Jim Causley (Devils Interval, Under one Sky) at Dartmoor Festival led to the extremely popular collaboration Mawkin: Causley. The 5-piece folk boy band set to work on recording an E.P while appearing at various festivals in 2008.


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