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Jan Bell: The Maybelles

THE MAYBELLES play harmony driven Anglo-Americana.

(left to right) Tina Lama - upright bass, Rima Fand - violin, Jan Bell - guitar (photo by Jelle Wagenaar)

photo by Jelle Wagenaar

"Up tempo, soulful country' Time Out NY & Village Voice Choices.

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 Festival stages include River to River Festival, Hudson River County Fair, Bronx Botanical Gardens Festivals, DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park Sculpture Festival, Governor's Island Opening Day, The International Bluegrass Music Awards, Ozark Folk Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and in the UK Broadstairs Folk Fest, Yorkshire Moors Fest, Devon Folk Festival, and Glastonbury

NYC shows often include special guests from the thriving Brooklyn country music community. Philippa Thompson steps in regularly on Mandolin, washboard, and the Saw; Megan Palmer, now based in Nashville plays violin or piano; Katy Stone (banjo): and May 'bro' Tim Luntzel on upright bass. Past members of The Maybelles join back in from time to time as well - Hilary Hawke, Katy Rose Cox, and founding member Melissa Carper.

Fabulous harmonies, marvellously balanced instruments, contemporary lyrics and sassy attitude, a formula which first made them big favorites in New Orleans and now has them touring European festivals this summer.
John Conquest - 3rd Coast Music, Austin, TX
We just love The Maybelles...memorable songs, great spirit, lovely and lilting harmonies---plus they're just plain fun. Its great to hear them re-inventing a whole new kind of old-time music.
Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton Levy - Founders, Rounder Records

The Maybelles Governor's Island, NYC Spring 2013

Tina, Katy, Philippa, and Jan at Governor's Island Opening Day, Spring 2013 - Photo: Sean Wallace (Jul 1, 2013)
I love bands that are willing to explore new territory. I love the instrumental combination, the old-time real country feel, the close harmonies and the sprightly fiddle playing. I think you all are onto something big. Thanks so much for sending me a copy of Leavin' Town.
Dave Higgs - Bluegrass Breakdown, Nashville Public Radio
An EXPERT BAND ! Celtic tinged, Appalachian influenced repertoire puts their album in my Top Ten Folk Albums 2005.
Chuck Eddy - Village Voice

"British-born, Brooklyn-residing Jan Bell leads the Maybelles into up-tempo, soulful country."

"Gloriously sensual harmonies, with expert and authentic instrumentality and solid songs. Their style is "mountain music"--Appalachian--with a good bit of bluegrass flavor. "
Michael Terry - Uncle Calvin's Coffee House

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Editor's Choice - The Boston Globe (Jun 18, 2012)
“ Of all the music the Be Good Tanya's gave me, my favorite is The Maybelles. They sound like they might be the grand daughters of country greats from the 1930's, The Wild Wood Flowers”
Charlie Gillett - BBC Radio London
"I'm a big fan. They've got it all - good writing, good voices, good sound. If you haven't seen the Maybelles in a while, you've got a real surprise coming!"
Goodfolk Concert Producer, Arkansas.
Mike Shirkey - KUAF 'The Pickin' Post Host'
This terrific trio is everything you would expect from a folk country blues outfit: deliciously sweet harmonies and dexterous hands that can turn their skill to all kinds of buoyant Appalachian bluegrass and mountain music.
The North Devon Journal

It's exactly what you want, a good-time band in a good-time pub. Who'd have thought that a bit of the Appalachian mountains by the beach would make a perfect night out? Brighton Artists and Makers.

Their own songs had the air of classics in the making. The Maybelles make well-matured, fiery, musical moonshine – with a twist.
The Argus Daily
2009 - UK Press
In Fall 2009, The Maybelles returned to where it all began, back in their Ozark Mountain home - Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Ten years or so ago Nebraska native Melissa Carper and Yorkshire lass Jan Bell sat on a bench in the heart of Eureka singing old time country songs.
They were soon on the road, spending Winter playing the streets of New Orleans. Over the years, they came home to Eureka, opening for Emmylou Harris, Odetta, and playing the long running Ozark Folk Festival. As the rhythm section for their New Orleans pal, Opal Fly, they opened for Ray Charles at The AUD.
A few years later, they returned to Jan's adopted hometown of New York City - where they met up with fiddle player Katy Cox
Despite being based in three different states,(AR, NY, TX) the three had a busy few years. In 2009, they played Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and folk festivals in the UK. They also went back to where it all began,Eureka Springs to headline at The AUD. Thousands of miles and hundreds of shows and adventures later, Jan and Melissa and Katy are staying closer to home.
Jan continues to lead the band back up in Brooklyn, playing with musicians who were part of The Maybelles along the way.

The Maybelles, led by Jan Bell are based in Brooklyn, NYC.
The Maybelles are culled from members of Jan's award winning NYC country band, The Cheap Dates; and touring members of The Maybelles. Violinist, Rima Fand (Luminescent Orchestrii)has played with Jan for ten years, and on all three of Jan's albums. Megan Palmer joined The Maybelles as a multi instrumentalist in 2009, bringing piano and vocals into the realm. Hilary Hawke (banjo) has been a Maybelle since they opened for Wanda Jackson in NYC; and joined them on The Roots and Branches Stage at The International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) in Nashville, TN. Philippa Thompson has played with Jan since 2007, and joined the Maybelles in 2009. An evocative and versatile singer and performer she brings fiddle, accordion, percussion and the saw!Tim Luntzel (upright bass) is the honorary 'May Bro' and tours with Roseanne Cash amongst other world class artists. The Maybelles began as a duo Jan Bell and Melissa Carper in the Ozarks.