Date: Saturday 29th October 2016
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.
Not many bands can lay claim to being nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award before they have released an album, but Mawkin: Causley can.
Following the success of their 6 track sampler ‘Cold Ruin’ the collaboration were nominated for ‘Best Group’ alongside fellow ground-breaking contemporaries Bellowhead. Hailed as the “pin-up poster boys of folk” Mawkin: Causley attracted a lot of media attention with live sets on BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris show and BBC Radio 4’s Clive Anderson’s Loose Ends show.
Mawkin: Causley toured rigorously as well as appearing at a number of high profile festivals; BBC Radio 2 Cambridge Festival, Larmer Tree Festival and Shrewsbury Festival. In 2009 they released their debut album ‘The Awkward Recruit’ – it was met with critical acclaim; Uncut called it “Remarkably assured – such conviction and a true sense of their music’s history” , while fRoots declared it “Supremely confident – a serious album, of considerable weight”. ‘The Awkward Recruit’ won two more BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations for ‘Best Group’ and ‘Best Traditional Track’. In August 2010, Mawkin: Causley disbanded as members of the collaboration wanted to head in their own directions.
Mawkin looked to forge a bold new sound and so they turned to good friend, melodeon player and mastering engineer Nick Cooke (The Jim Moray Band, Trinculo, Glorystrokes) and Lee Richardson; drummer and co-producer/engineer on ‘The Fair Essex’.
Two years in the making ‘Crow’ was another landmark in the band’s history, ancient instrumental folk tunes from around the globe dragged delightfully into the modern age. New collaborations with Eliza Carthy, Steve Knightley and Jim Causley too, garnered Mawkin critical acclaim across the media
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