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                            This site was updated on 05/05/2015

THE TRAVELER    THE MUSIC   THE BUSINESS   THE GOOD STUFF   CONTACT       
 

The
Joel Mabus
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folksinger
instrumentalist
songwriter
teacher

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NEW TUNES on Clawhammer Banjo:
the latest award-winning  banjo cd from Joel:
Pepper's Ghost 
& other banjo visitations 
    
and there's Joel's other hit banjo album --
THE BANJO MONOLOGUES                    

Miss Christmas?
Holiday CD of guitar music:

A Parlor Guitar Christmas 
or this one with songs too:
How Like The Holly  

Other recent CDs you may 
be looking for:

        From  2011, all trad folk:
        AMERICAN ANONYMOUS

        Joel's recession-proof  CD of original songs from 2009:
       
No Worries Now...

greatest hits (!?!?!) 
JOEL MABUS -- RETOLD

        OR CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM ALL

 

Folksinger

Songwriter

Instrumentalist

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"It's hard to imagine another artist on the folk scene 
who combines the same concise, deceptively understated, lyrical insight and sometimes devastating wit with such world-class instrumental prowess" 

Chris Rietz, MUSICHOUND FOLK, The Essential Album Guide

 

"Joel Mabus is a free-ranging fretboard genius and funny, deep songwriter whose warm voice, 
sly humor, and musicianship sweep audiences along for the ride.


"Throughout his career, Joel Mabus has interwoven creativity and traditional music in satisfying balance. In concert, Joel Mabus connects. Performing in a gentle, easy manner, he may lull his audience into a relaxed state, then roll them on the floor with laughter or make them sit up and think, or stun them with his instrumental pyrotechnics.


"Joel Mabus can be summed up in one word: Style. He oozes with style: 
homespun sophistication, mellow innovation, low-key wizardry, and uncynical minstrelsy."

Cornell Folk Song Society 2014

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"Joel is one of those 
quintessentially Midwestern American artists...


He has a style we will always associate 
with Will Rogers or Mark Twain,
and a great sense of humour which 
compliments, rather than contradicts, 
some very serious material.
He has perfected the art of 
being entertaining without pandering, 
he teaches without lecturing, 
and does it all with great style."

VANCOUVER FOLK FESTIVAL

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THE TRAVELER:

Tour Dates

The Latest News 
(what's up?)

THE MUSIC:

CDs and how to buy them
(An overview of my recordings with a link to each CD with track listings and details)

Parlor Guitar Book -- ten transcriptions 
(published by Hal Leonard, inc. in 2006)

Lyrics
(ALL of my song lyrics album-by-album are here -- don't go to those rip-off lyric sites)

Reviews  
(recent reviews of CDs)

Sheet Music
(music, tab, and lead sheets for selected pieces)

Song Index  
(every song & tune in alphabetical order with the CD each is on!)

 MP3 PAGE  (incl. "download of the moment")
(free samples -- check for new additions, or old stuff -- who knows?)

MYSPACE PAGE -- free listen to 10 entire songs!
Yes, Virginia, there still is a myspace. Last time I checked, you could still hear songs, but it looked weird.  I use it as a sort of "yellow page" listing. I NEVER do email exchanges from or to there, but I do keep a listen-only set of songs there, where you can sample some of my music

 

THE BUSINESS:

Booking 
(click here to book a date if you would like to hire me for an upcoming show. 
Includes promo info, tech sheet, and other details)

Online Press Kit
(An easy-to-use page for all your publicity needs -- text and photos)

Biography & discography
(excruciating detail, for those who need the nitty gritty)

Photos old & new
(historic family pics, early career and 
current promo shots in 75, 150, or 300 dpi)

Who ARE all these people? 
(a long, but partial, list of some acts -- both 
famous & obscure -- I've had the pleasure to perform with)

 

THE GOOD STUFF:

FAQ
(detailed answers to frequently asked questions about my techniques 
and attitudes concerning playing, writing & performing music)

Workshops
(lesson handouts from my festival and camp workshops)

Folk Alliance 
(archive of Performer's Columns I've written for the F.A. Newsletter)

Joel Speaks!
(a songwriter's online journal, or "blog" as the kids say. . Rants, opinions, and whimsy. Currently on extended hiatus, but hours worth of reading is here for the curious.)

Links
(a few worthwhile websites)

THE CONTACT:

Email to Joel 
send me a letter to joel.mabus@pobox.com 

Join my email list
hear from me occasionally -- click the link to read all about it,
or just send a blank email here - 
joelmabuslist-subscribe@yahoogroups.com to join

Or get out a piece of paper & write the old-fashioned way:

JOEL MABUS
PO BOX 306
PORTAGE  MI 49081

 

Photo Credits

2001-2015 Joel Mabus
Last revised: May 05, 2015 .