Mabon Celebration: September 23, 2017

Seamus Egan Project
Séamus Egan Project

The Autumnal Equinox: the magical time when the day and the night are divided equally and the cooling air and quieter tempos of autumn beckon. We call it MAY'-bahn. And for more than a decade on Planet Bluegrass we've celebrated with our Festivarian family from Colorado and beyond.

We invite you to join us for this final summer weekend of Celtic music, spirit, and festivation with your Planet Bluegrass family on Saturday, September 23 featuring The Séamus Egan Project and Take Down the Door.

Tickets and camping are onsale now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.

Music of the Mabon

For the first time since the final Festival of the Mabon in 2006, Irish music again takes center stage at our Autumnal Equinox weekend, as we welcome Séamus Egan, founding member of legendary Irish-American band Solas, along with Colorado's own Take Down the Door for an intimate evening in the Wildflower Pavilion.

Autumn on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch
Autumn on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch

One of the most influential musicians in traditional Irish music, Seamus Egan began as a teen prodigy, winning a historic 4 All-Ireland Championships on 4 different instruments by the age of 14. Seamus's career exploded with his groundbreaking solo work for Shanachie Records and his founding of Irish-American powerhouse band (and 2004 Festival of the Mabon headliners) Solas. In recent years, Seamus has become one of the leading composers and interpreters of the tradition, inspiring generations of musicians and helping define the sound of Irish music today.  

For this special Mabon show, Séamus will be joined by his all-star friends: Moira Smiley (vocals, accordion, banjo), Kyle Sanna (guitar), and Tristan Clarridge (pioneering cellist for Crooked Still, and 5-time US Grand National Fiddle Champion!).

Take Down the Door
Take Down the Door

Music in the Wildflower starts at 8pm with the premium grade-Irish Music of Colorado's own Take Down the Door. The band's foot-stomping, heart-stopping, wide-open sound reflects both their name (the Irish once were known to take the doors off the hinges when it was time for a party) and their natural Colorado habitat. Fiddler Jessie Burns toured for 6 years and recorded three #1 world albums with Celtic supergroup Gaelic Storm. The music of Adam Agee and Jon Sousa has been called "sincere and from the heart" by top traditional fiddler Martin Hayes. Described by Irish Music Magazine as "exceptional," singer Beth Leachman Gadbaw made her mark as singer for acclaimed traditional group Siucra. 

'Tis a Gift to Be Simple

In the early 'oughts, our grand Festival of the Mabon featured our favorite Celtic musicians from around the world to the festival main stage, along with vendors, artisans, and folk performers all over the Planet Bluegrass Ranch.

Mabon bonfire along the St. Vrain River (photo Joshua Elioseff)
Mabon bonfire along the St. Vrain River
(photo Joshua Elioseff)

In 2007, we refocused our Autumnal energy on its essence: a casual afternoon of revelry on the Ranch and an intimate evening of acoustic music in the Wildflower.

After 9 magical years with 2 of our favorite musicians, Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band, in 2017 we're returning to our original vision for a Celtic-themed Mabon on Planet Bluegrass, with music, camping, and a Mabon bonfire. It promises to be a magical day for the Festivarian family, for Colorado Celtic music fans, and for all lover's of summer's end on Planet Bluegrass.

A Day of Mabon

The Planet Bluegrass Ranch opens at 2pm on Saturday, September 23 to setup your camp in the onsite campground. We'll be serving ala carte food and hearty beverages beginning at 3pm to accompany a relaxed afternoon of Mabon revelry -- including pickin' along the St. Vrain River.

Autumn skies on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch (photo Benko Photographics)
Autumn skies on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch
(photo Benko Photographics)

Doors to the Wildflower Pavilion open at 7pm; music begins on the Wildflower stage at 8pm. We'll be lighting the Mabon bonfire next to the St. Vrain River around dusk. A ticket is required to access the Planet Bluegrass grounds throughout the day.

Mabon Camping

Camping will be available to spend the Saturday evening (September 23) under the redstone cliffs of Planet Bluegrass, as the Mabon bonfire will likely go late into the night. Who knows... maybe we'll even spy a stray bagpiper wandering the Ranch as a reminder of the Mabons of yore.

Mabon Tickets

Tickets ($25) and camping ($10) are available now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422. As always, Planet Bluegrass charges no handling or service fees.