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Jamie Smith's Mabon

Spring 2012 Newsletter
Cylchlythyr y Gwanwyn 2012

Happy New Year! and welcome to our Spring Newsletter.  In this edition, we have:
 - an imminent winter-festival appearance, 
    - details of our Spring Tour next month, 
      - news of the forthcoming album,
         - and two really lovely pieces of personal news from our musicians.
               
So even if it's still a bit cold to really call it spring, we're ready to greet the lengthening days and first flowers with a few bits of good news!
 

FROME FOLK FESTIVAL 

If you fancy something to warm you up at the tail end of winter, do check out this brand-new festival in Somerset THIS WEEKEND.
Jamie Smith's MABON will be playing a prime-time spot at 8pm in the Saturday night concert (18th February) - there'll also be gigs by an array of other cracking artists, ceilidhs, workshops, indoor camping, and all things folky all weekend.
 
It looks like a great way to warm yourself up for the next festival season - and it'll be the first festival of the year for us, so we're all itching to get out there and play.  Details are on the Frome Folk Festival website  - see you there!

SPRING TOUR

Now if indoor camping and massed morrismen is not your thing (and that's fair enough!), then you might prefer to come to one of our concerts this March.  We'll be visiting a collection of lovely theatres and arts centres as usual for a series of concerts, and a couple of village and town halls this time too - so if we're near you, do come, and if we're near your friends or family, please tell them!
 
There will be some new music featured alongside our more established repertoire: we'll be trying out and choosing material for our forthcoming studio sessions in April, when we'll be recording for the new album, due out in the Autumn.  So please do come and tell us which pieces you want to hear on the next album!
  
The locations and dates for this concert series are: 
WAVENDON, MILTON KEYNES - The Stables Theatre - Tuesday 6th March;
READING - South Street Arts Centre - Thursday 8th March;
POWYS - Llanbedr Village Hall - Friday 9th March;**
PEMBROKESHIRE - Solva Memorial Hall - Saturday 10th March;**
SOMERSET - Bridgwater Arts Centre - Friday 16th March;
WINCHESTER - The Discovery Centre - Saturday 17th March;
BRISTOL - The Thunderbolt, Totterdown - Sunday 18th March;
NORWICH - Norwich Arts Centre - Wednesday 21st March;
CUMBRIA - The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth - Friday 23rd March; and
CAERLEON - Caerleon Town Hall - Saturday 24th March.**
(**Gigs marked with asterisks are supported by the Night Out/Noson Allan Scheme.)
(Please note - Calum Stewart won't be at this series of gigs - he appears as a special guest for some of our concerts but can't always be with us.)
 
Details and box office contacts are on the Concerts page of our website as ever - we'll hope to see you in March!

SANTA'S LITTLE SLIP-UP (well, he was quite busy!)

We hope you all received - and enjoyed! - the 'Christmas Present' download that we sent out on Christmas Eve.  It was the first vocal track that we introduced to our repertoire last year, and it had received a very positive response, so we thought it was a good choice to send to our friends and fans.  That song will feature on the new album later in the year (in a different mix), so as well as being a big "Thank You!" for your support, it's also a little taste of what's to come!
 
If you didn't receive it, please do let us know by replying to this email: our mailing programme ran into difficulties over Christmas, and we have reason to believe that not all the Christmas presents got delivered.  We'd hate for you to have been disappointed, or for you to miss out on the track we'd promised you, so if Santa didn't manage to drop it in your inbox, please accept our apologies - do let us know and we'll resend it to you personally.

NOW FOR SOME PERSONAL NEWS:  

                            A NEW ARRIVAL... 

There is fantastic news from Jamie and his wife Grainne - they've had a new baby girl.  Lowenna Joughin is home, well and of course, gorgeous! 
 
 
Our warmest congratulations
to the whole family, and best
wishes for a lot of fun getting to
know each other!

...AND AN ENGAGEMENT!

 
In case that's not enough good news, our bassist Matt and his girlfriend Jen have just got engaged!  
 
The news is still very fresh, but word on the street is that Matt did a proper job of it, down on one knee and ring at the ready!  We don't know yet whether they'll be enjoying a leisurely engagement or dashing down the nearest aisle: but either way, we're all delighted, and would like to wish them all the best for a long, healthy and happy marriage.
 
Now the big question is - 
will he be "Matt the Top Hat" for the big day...?!

THAT'S IT FOR NOW...

Remember you can keep an eye on our website for news, and to stay topped up with audio and video treats; and you can keep closer tabs on us by following us on Twitter or joining us on our Facebook page, where during the spring you'll find updates on the progress of the new album, news of summer dates as we confirm them, and some entertaining new informal photo albums to check out too! Our Facebook Page passed the 500 'Likes' milestone recently - it'd be great if you joined us there too, or if you're already on board, recommended us to a friend.
 
Hope to see you soon!

Bye for now,
iolo       (:
on behalf of Jamie Smith's Mabon.
 
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CROESO I GYLCHLYTHYR Y GWANWYN!

Dyma newyddion cerddorol a phersonol y band wrth inni baratoi am y tymor newydd...
FROME FOLK FESTIVAL 
Os carech chi gerddoriaeth a chwmni da i'ch cynhesu tua diwedd y gaeaf, dewch i'r wyl newydd yma yng Ngwlad yr Haf.  Bydd Jamie Smith's MABON yn chwarae cyngerdd am 8 o'r gloch ar y nos Sadwrn - amser penigamp i'n gweld!  Bydd hefyd amryw berfformwyr talentog, ceilidhs, gweithdai, gwersylla tu-mewn, a phob peth gwerinol.
 
Mae'n edrych fel ffordd wych i baratoi am ddechrau tymor y gwyliau eto - a dyma'r wyl gynta i ni eleni, felly mi ydyn ni'n eiddgar i ddechrau chwarae! Mae'r manylion ar wefan Frome Folk Festival  - welwn ni chi yno!

TAITH Y GWANWYN

Nawr os digwydd bod nad ydych chi'n hoff o wersylla tu-mewn a dawnswyr morris fesul mil (yn llythrenol mae'n debyg. Eek!), dewch yn lle hynny i un o'r cyngherddau ar ein Taith Gwanwyn.
 
Byddwn ni'n ymweld a'r casgliad arferol o theatrau a chanolfanau celfyddydol hyfryd, yn ogystal a rhai neuaddau tref a phentref tro hyn - os ydyn ni gerllaw, dewch yn llu, ac os ydyn ni yn yr un ardal a'ch teulu neu'ch ffrindiau, rhowch wybod iddyn nhw ar bob cyfri!
 
Bydd cerdoriaeth newydd i'w chlywed yn ogystal a cherddoriaeth o'n casgliad arferol: byddwn ni wrthi yn arbrofi gydag, a dethol, traciau ar gyfer ein sesiwn stiwdio ym mis Ebrill, pryd y byddwn ni'n recordio albwm newydd at yr hydref. Felly mae yna groeso mawr ichi ddod i ddweud wrthon ni pa donau yr hoffech chi eu clywed ar yr albwm nesaf!
 
Y lleoliadau a'r dyddiadau ar gyfer y gyfres hon yw:
WAVENDON, MILTON KEYNES - The Stables Theatre - Mawrth 6ed o Fawrth;
READING - South Street Arts Centre - Iau 8fed o Fawrth;
POWYS - Neuadd Bentref Llanbedr - Gwener 9fed o Fawrth;**
PEMBROKESHIRE - Neuadd Goffa Solva - Sadwrn 10fed o Fawrth;**
GWLAD YR HAF - Bridgwater Arts Centre - Gwener 16eg o Fawrth;
WINCHESTER - The Discovery Centre - Sadwrn 17eg o Fawrth;
BRISTOL - The Thunderbolt, Totterdown - Sul 18th o Fawrth;
NORWICH - Norwich Arts Centre - Mercher 21ain o Fawrth;
CUMBRIA - The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth - Gwener 23ain o Fawrth; ac hefyd
CAERLEON - Neuadd y Dref Caerleon - Sadwrn 24ain o Fawrth.**
(**Cefnogir y gigs sydd wedi eu marcio fel hyn gan y cynllun Noson Allan/Night Out Scheme.)
(Sylwer - Ni fydd Calum Stewart yn ymddangos yn y cyngherddau yma - mae'n chwarae fel cerddor gwadd achlysurol, ond gall e ddim a pherfformio ym mhob cyngerdd.)
 
Mae manylion y cyngherddau ar dudalen Cyngherddau ein gwefan fel arfer - edrychwn ni ymlaen at eich gweld chi ym mis Mawrth!

AMBELL GAN AR GOLL!

Gobeithio i chi gyd dderbyn y ddolen a mwynhau eich 'anrheg Nadolig' yr anfonon ni ar noswyl Nadolig.  Honno oedd y gan gyntaf inni ei chyflwyno i'n repertoire y llynedd, a bu iddi gael ymateb cadarnhaol iawn: felly fe feddylion ni basai'n ddewis da i'w anfon at ein ffrindiau a'n ffans.  Bydd y gan yn ymddangos ar ein albwm newydd yn hwyrach eleni, felly yn ogystal a bod yn ffordd o ddiolch ichi am eich cefnogaeth, mi oedd hefyd yn rhagflas o fath!
 
 
Os na dderbynioch chi'ch cylchlythyr, plis gadewch inni wybod: bu i'n gwasanaeth ebyst gael rhywfaint o drafferthion dros y 'Dolig, ac ymddengys na dderbyniodd rhai pobl eu cylchlythyr.  Os na chawsoch chi'ch copi, a'r ddolen i lawrlwytho'r gan am ddim, rhowch wybod inni drwy ateb yr ebost yma, ac fe'u danfonwn ni nhw atoch chi eto yn bersonol.  Ymddiheiriadau am unrhyw anghyfleustra.

AC YN AWR AT Y NEWYDDION PERSONOL...

                            BABI NEWYDD... 

 Mae 'na newyddion hyfryd gan Jamie a Grainne - cawson nhw ferch fach wythnos diwethaf.  Mae Lowenna Joughin adre'n saff ac yn iach, ac mae'n hyfryd - wrth gwrs!
 
Dyma'n dymuniadau gorau i'r teulu bach am gyfnod hwylus ac am fywyd teuliol llawn a llawen.

...A DYWEDDIAD!

 
Rhag ofn nad oedd hynnu'n ddigon o newyddion da, mae'n basydd Matt a'i gariad Jen newydd ddyweddio!  
 
Mae'r newyddion yn ifanc, ond mae'r si ar led i Matt ofyn yn y dull rhamantaidd, ar un benglin gyda modrwy yn barod.  Da was!  Does dim awgrym eto pa mor hir bydd hi tan y diwrnod mawr, ond ry'n ni gyd yn falch iawn i glywed y newyddion, ac yn dymuno'n dda iddyn nhw'n dau am fywyd priodasol hir a hapus. 
 
Ac wrth gwrs, y cwestiwn mawr yw - tybed a fydd e'n "Matt the Top Hat" ar y diwrnod mawr...?!

DYNA NI AM Y TRO...

Cofiwch ymweld a'n gwefan yn gyson am newyddion achlysurol, ac i wylio a gwrando ar y band rhwng cyngherddau!  Gallwch chi gadw llygad agosach drwy'n dilyn ar Twitter, neu ar ein Tudalen Facebook, lle drwy gydol y gwanwyn gallwch chi:
glywed newyddion am y sesiynau recordio;
ddarganfod ym mha wyliau y byddwn ni'n chwarae haf yma wrth inni eu cadarnhau; a gweld casgliadau newydd o luniau anffurfiol hefyd.
Bu i'n Tudalen Facebook basio'r garreg filltir 500 'Like' yn ddiweddar - dewch i ymuno a ni yno, neu os ydych yno eisioes, croeso i chi'n argymell ni i'ch ffrindiau! 
 
Dyma obeithio'ch gwelwn ni chi cyn hir!
Hwyl am y tro,
iolo       (:
ar ran Jamie Smith's Mabon.

BONJOUR!

Voici une autre edition de notre bulletin - quelques morceaux de nos bon nouvelles pour vous! Comme toujours, pardonner mon francais s'il vous plait (et la francais du traducteur Google aussi, ahem!).

C'est un nouvelle année et nous avons beaucoup de projets intéressants pour 2012.

Nous allons jouer à dix concerts en Mars sur notre tournée de printemps, festivals de l'été et des plans pour une tournée à l'automne. Il ya une liste des lieux et les dates pour Mars sur la page Concerts de notre site Web comme d'habitude - nous serions ravis de vous y voir!

Encore mieux, nous prévoyons également de jouer en France cet été, donc si il est trop loin pour se rendre en Angleterre ou au Pays de Galles, nous allons venir à vous!  Nous mettrons les détails sur notre site Web dès qu'ils sont confirmés, et inclure les dates dans notre prochain bulletin pour vous aussi.  Nous allons être très heureux de visiter la France encore!  

 

 

UN NOUVEL ALBUM...

Cette année, nous publierons un nouvel album!  Il comprendra une partie de notre répertoire existant, de nouvelles pièces; la musique instrumentale et des chansons.  L'album sera disponible à l'automne, mais nous allons vous raconter notre progrès que nous la faisons.

NOUVELLES PERSONNELS DE NOS MUSICIENS 

 
 
 
Nous avons des nouvelles de Jamie belle et son épouse Grainne - ils avaient une petite fille ce mois-ci. Elle est appelée Lowenna Joughin, et la famille sont tous bien et à la maison. Nous leur souhaitons à tous la santé et de bonheur pour l'avenir.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Et d'autres bonnes nouvelles - notre bassiste et Matt son amie Jen sont fiancés! Nous sommes tous très heureux d'entendre les nouvelles, et nous espérons qu'ils ont un grand engagement et un mariage fort et joyeux.
C'est tout ce temps... s'il vous plaît visitez-nous sur Facebook pour entendre nos nouvelles et de voir de nouvelles photos, et visitez notre site trilingue, où vous pouvez entendre la musique et regarder des vidéos jusqu'à la prochaine fois que nous rencontrons!

Un grand merci que jamais pour votre soutien,

iolo,    (:

au nom de Jamie Smith’s MABON.
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