"Deserving of a front and center stage position for sure."
"“The Bridge” is a superb album and a worthy successor to the band’s debut, not to mention additional confirmation that this is a group of truly gifted musicians who are doing something very special here. We cannot wait to hear this new material live and, speaking from personal experience, we know that the live versions will be tremendous. Highly recommended."
"West of Mabou were a delight to behold, and we only hope that they receive an invitation to return (to Celtic Classic) next year. With such mastery of this genre, many more of us here on the Eastern Seaboard would crave such an opportunity to enjoy live music from this band."
One of CBC Saskatchewan's 2017 Artists to Watch, West of Mabou performs lively dance music steeped in the rich traditions of Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle and pipe tunes.
Based in Saskatchewan, Canada, the band unites the talents of Scott Benson (fiddle), Roberta Wallace (fiddle), Alex Rasmussen (pipes/whistles), Justin Easton (guitar), and Jared Dormer (drums).
Each of the members is an experienced performer in their own right, having performed at festivals, competitions, pubs, and ceilidhs around the world, including the World Pipe Band Championships, Canmore Highland Games, Western Canadian Music Awards, Canada Cup of Curling, and Ford World Men's Curling Championships.
"If West Of Mabou's self titled album doesn't get you chair dancing, frankly the grey suit beckons." -Fatea Magazine
- 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination (Instrumental Group of the Year)
- 2018 Western Canadian Music Award Nomination (World Artist of the Year)
- Top bands of 2017, Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, Austin, USA
- CBC Saskatchewan 2017 Artists to Watch, Regina, Canada
- Peaked at #3 on the iTunes Canada World Music Chart
- Debuted at #7 on the National Folk/Roots/Blues Chart
- Peaked at #1 on the CFBX (Kamloops, BC) Folk/Roots/Blues Chart
- Celtic Music Radio, Glasgow, UK
- Maui Celtic Radio Show, Maui, USA
- Readifolk Radio Show, Reading, UK
- Album of the Week, Blues and Roots Worldwide Radio Network
- Kitchen Party Ceilidh, Indianapolis, USA
- SchottenRadio, Spall, Germany
- Highland Fling, The Hawk 101.5, Port Hawkesbury, Canada
- The Celticset Radio Show, Hebrides, UK
- Celtic Classic, Bethlehem, USA
- Organization of Saskatchewan Arts Councils Showcase, Regina, Canada
- Arts Touring of Alberta Showcase, Edmonton, Canada
- National Music Centre, Calgary, Canada
- Saskatchewan Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies- Moose Jaw, Canada
- Saskatoon Folk Festival- Saskatoon, Canada
- Mid-Winter Celtic Festival- Regina, Canada
- Saskatchewan Highland Games- Regina, Canada
- Edmonton Pipers' Club- Edmonton, Canada
- Canadian Forces Base Wainwright- Wainwright, Canada
- All Folk'd Up Music Festival- Montmartre, Canada
- Craik Music Festival- Craik, Canada
- Mosaic Music Festival- Regina, Canada
- Cathedral Village Arts Festival- Regina, Canada
ContactFor booking and inquiries please contact:
info [at] westofmabou.ca