Essex-based Mawkin have decided to call time on the ‘fun and frolics’ that have seen them evolve, into firm, festivals favorites over the last 16 years.
In a statement released, they thanked their loyal fan base for their support – and as James is going to be welcoming another Delarre into his family at any moment, they have asked the talented Ciaran Algar to fill his fiddling boots for their final shows.
Here is their statement in full:
This is a sad message to send but after 16 amazing years we’ve decided to call it a day.
We’ve had a really good time being Mawkin in all its various incarnations over the years; starting out as a trio and driving to Dartmoor Folk Festival crammed into a Citroën 2CV, to the years of playing good ol instrumental English folk before it was fashionable(!) with Alex Goldsmith, then a few years fronted by Devonshire folk god Jim Causley where we got our kit off for fRoots Magazine and picked up a few BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations. Finally we settled in as the band we know and love now, performing on BBC1, ITV, supporting Bellowhead on their final farewell tour to 40,000 people and releasing two awesome folk rock albums. Its been an amazing journey.
Family commitments have ultimately put an end to our fun and frolics; over the past two years its become increasingly hard to find time to put into the band as our families grow and our career paths change and so we’ve decided to call time on Mawkin.
We are all looking forward to the remaining gigs and intend to make them our best shows yet so we hope you can come along for the party, unfortunately James will not be able to make the March tour because he is expecting another child so we will be enlisting Ciaran Algar to play some fiddle for us. Please come out and support us on our final tour (links below) our last ever gig will be at Priddy Folk Festival in July.
We hope you will not be too upset with us for calling time on the band. Mawkin would have been nothing without the support of our amazing fans over the years, we are all incredibly grateful to you for coming with us on this journey and want to thank you all for being part of it.
Their final tour dates are:
For more information visit https://mawkin.co.uk
Well ….we couldn’t let them go with a bit of Midnight Ranger now could we?!