Joel Mabus is known as a singer-songwriter, but doesn’t sound like one – at least by the usual measure. Maybe that’s because he was raised by professional “hillbilly” musicians in the “Little Egypt” area tucked between the Wabash and Mississippi Rivers. Or maybe it is his 40 year career in folk, blues, bluegrass, swing and Celtic styles.
Mabus was inducted into the Detroit Metro Music Award Hall of Fame in the year 2000. “Joel Mabus is the Joe DiMaggio of the folk music world - a virtuoso who can make the toughest plays appear effortless,” wrote Ron Olesko of WFDU-FM (Fordham U.) Rich Warren, host of nationally syndicated (WFMT) Midnight Special introduced Joel as “The dean of singer-songwriters.
Joel has taught songwriting and guitar at Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, California Coast Music Camp, Summer Acoustic Music Week, and Augusta Heritage in Elkins WV. He has graced the stages of: Kerrville Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Boston Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite CA, and Summerfest in New Bedford MA, and has played the folk circuit from Passim in Harvard Square to Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.