Jed Marum is a performer of American Roots and Celtic music. Bringing a mix of traditional and original songs to audiences throughout the US, he is known as a refined singer and a gifted songwriter. Since 1999 he has published over a dozen albums, licensed music to film and TV projects and works over 150 shows each year - with his band and as a solo. You can hear in his music, the blending of American, Scottish and Irish cultures. In his songs you will relive the stories passed on from generation to generation.
The Winter SeasonJed is close to home for the rest of the year, except he will be playing two weekends at the George Ranch in the Houston area for their Campfire Christmas event. In January he travels to the South Florida Folk Festival with Rickey Pittman - and then in February it is the Mardi Gras Celtic Folk Cruise out of New Orleans with Danny O Flaherty. Also in February he has tour dates in Mobile AL, Jackson and Hattiesburg, MS, and then back to Florida for the historic event at Okeechobee with Rickey Pittman. March is full with festivals in South Texas and West Texas and Louisiana - and there is St Patricks Day (hopefully) in town. In May Jed will be playing the Texas Scottish Festival and concerts in Monmouth NJ and Selma AL. There are dates in the works for April and in between - and there are local Dallas dates, as well that will be added, so please watch the calendar for details!
Work on New Album BeginsJed has begun work on a new ballads album for release late in 2015. For this album he has collected a number of long loved, long favored Scottish and Irish songs plus a few originals in the old ballad style. Here is a sample from the album - recorded by Gordon McLeod at his studio in the Dallas area. Gordon also plays the mandolin and violin parts:
Feb 2015 Music CruiseCome join the party in New Orleans and the Caribbean - on the Celts of the Caribbean Cruise 2015!
Please join Jed Marum and a talented group of Irish/Folk musicians including: The Carlton Show Band, Ralph O’Brien from the Sons of Erin, Danny O’Flaherty, Celtic Voyage and the Muggivan School of Irish Dance and "ride the waves" to the Caribbean on February 8th to the 15th, 2015.
Get the full details. Please visit the website here for more information or to book your cabin online. If you have any questions or would like to book by phone please contact Kevin Donovan at iCruise 1-800-427-8473, ext. 7853 and he will be more than happy to answer your questions or help you with your booking.
Film NewsNewest film project. Jed produced the soundtrack for the recently released Lone Chimney Film called The Road To Valhalla, featuring Buck Taylor and Michael Martin Murphey. Jed also composed the original music for the film and made an appearance as a Yankee soldier/musician in one of the scenes along with Murphey and the band. The film is currently playing a series of independent theaters throughout the US and will play PBS next year.
Pictured above left to right: Travis Ener, Jed Marum, Michael Martin Murphey, Rob Loren and Ranger Stan Greer on location with Lone Chimney Films in Wichita KS, filming and recording for their new film, The Road to Valhalla.
This is the fourth major film project for Jed, the complete listing for the others is included on the BIO page.
Trailer for The Road To Valhalla on Youtube
Music Video from the Road To Valhalla on Youtube
Another Valhalla Music Video with Murph and Jed
Michael Martin Murphey sings LORENA - Rob Loren fiddle - Ranger Stan Greer mandolin and Jed Marum guitar
Sound Track AlbumLone Chimney Films and Boston Road Records has released the soundtrack album from the film in CD and Digital formats. The sound track album is called Even As I Ramble and it is available through Lone Chimney Films, at CDBaby, Amazon, iTunes and all the major Digital Music distributors. Jed produced the album, including two tracks he recorded with Michael Martin Murphey and his band. In addition there are some choral pieces and a track from a period brass band. It is a powerful and beautiful collection of music.
A series of downloadable of Photos at flickr of Jed and music friends at various locations around the US and Scotland.
A series of High Resolution Promo pics. Click the link then right click and save the one or ones you like.
- With Guitar at Tacoma Highland Games
- Close Up
- Texas Banjo and Flag
- With Guitar in San Luis Obispo CA by MoorePhotography
- With Banjo in San Luis Obispo CA by MoorePhotography
Reflected in his song writing and song selection is a keen interest in history and the passing of culture from generation to generation. Jed performs traditional songs and contemporary songs in musical style that is both Celtic and American, with strong Bluegrass roots.
Nicky Rossiter is host of STORIES on Irelands South East Radio says,
"Jed Marum has his genetic roots in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Those genes must come from a long line of bards and storytellers to judge from his recorded output. I have collected a number of albums from this troubadour and he never fails to deliver."James P. Gannon former Wall Street Journal editor and author of "Irish Rebels, Confederate Tigers" writing about one of Jed songs said,
"Prayer from Little Round Top is the song one of the great Irish poets might have written had he marched to Gettysburg with Jeds Irish immigrant from Alabama. The melody seems to well up from some misty glen in Connemara, wrapping the soldiers sad story in a teardrop. It may mark me as a sentimental Irish man to say this, but if you can listen to this haunting song without finding your eyes moistening, then somewhere along lifes way, youve lost your soul."From Marius Donnelly, Proprietor at Trinity Hall:
Jed Marum brings out the Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin and a great voice to sing of Ireland, America and how we got to where we are today!
From Betsy Cummings, the Entertainment Director for the North Texas Irish Festival:
Jed is known as a gifted singer, a unique and talented player and an accomplished songwriter. He is a warm and comfortable performer with a story to tell and gift for the telling. What sets Jed Marum apart from other Celtic/Folk artists is the performance concepts and delivery he brings to the stage and the historical significance, poignancy and emotion that his songs evoke, in addition to being a great singer and a stellar player.
Jed is one of my favorite performers.
Jed has also worked on-stage with these friends in addition to others including Seamus Kennedy - Connie Dover - Jean Redpath - Alasdair Fraser - John Taylor - David Kincaid - Ross Holmes - Paddy Keenan and many many more.
This Youtube video is a collection of photos from recent travels, from shows and sessions.
Tucson Folk Festival - Tucson - AZ
South Florida Folk Festival - Ft Lauderdale - FL
Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Festival - Oak Forest - IL
Celtic Nations Heritage Festival - Lake Charles - LA
Northeast Louisiana Celtic Festival - Monroe - LA
Folklore Society of Greater Washington Festival - Silver Spring - MD
Weston Irish Festival - Weston - MO
Loch Norman Scottish Festival - Huntersville - NC
Plainsong Folk Festival - Martell - NE
Oklahoma Scottish Festival - Tulsa - OK
Houston International Festival - Houston - TX
International Accordion Festival - San Antonio - TX
North Texas Irish Festival - Dallas - TX
Texas Scottish Festival - Arlington - TX
Tacoma Highland Games - Graham - WA
Shreveport House Concerts - Shreveport - LA
Open Book - Canton - MA
The Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River - MA
South Portland Concert Series - Portland - ME
Crescent Moon Coffee - Lincoln - NE
KGLP/NPR Concerts at El Rancho Hotel - Gallup - NM
Sand Lake Center for the Arts - Averill Park - NY
Tulsa House Concert Series - Tulsa - OK
UCO Jazz Lab - Edmund - OK
McNamaras Pub Presents - Nashvilee - TN
Anderson Fair - Houston - TX
Open Door Coffeehouse - Arlington - TX
Uncle Calvins Coffeehouse - Dallas - TX
Keg and Barrel – Concert Series - Hattiesburg - MS
The Millstream - Toronto ONT - Canada
St John Theatre - Listowel, Kerry - Ireland
Briery Gap Cultural Centre - Macroom, Cork - Ireland
The Axis Theatre - Ballymin, Dublin - Ireland
Black Watch Pub - Aberfeldy - Scotland
All of these Jed Marum albums have been released by Boston Road Records are distributed around the world in Digital and CD format by CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon and many other retail and MP3 outlets.
2000 STREETS OF FALL RIVER (out of print)
2002 THE SOUL OF A WANDERER
2004 FIGHTING TIGERS OF IRELAND
2005 MILES FROM HOME
2006 MAINLY SCOTS
2006 CROSS OVER THE RIVER
2007 LONESTAR STOUT
2008 AINT NO GOIN BACK
2008 SANDS OF ABERDEEN
2010 LONESTAR BANJO
2011 THE BEST OF JED MARUM
2011 REJOICE: A CHRISTMAS ALBUM
2013 THE SOUTH WIND
Major Film ProjectsJed has written, produced and recorded music for a number of film and TV projects in recent years, including four major Film and TV projects fro Lone Chimney Films, Blackhawk Productions and Burkhardt/Griffith Productions. In addition he has licensed his music for use in a variety of museum and historical event films.
The Road to ValhallaLone Chimney Films November 2, 2013 "When the Civil War erupted in 1861, it was a shock to many Americans. It was not a shock to the people of the Kansas-Missouri border. They had been at war since 1854, fighting for whether or not Kansas would be a free state or a slave state. Kansas entered the Union in January of 1861 as a free state at the same time that southern states were seceding from the Union. Over the next four years, the border war would escalate until it became difficult to tell friend from foe and many had even forgotten the source of the disagreement. Battles, irregular warfare, the largest civilian massacre on a city and forced evacuations characterized this challenging period. The conflict would end, the Union would be restored and, amazingly, former enemies would become neighbors again." - Ken Spurgeon, Executive Director
Bloody DawnLone Chimney Films 2007 Friday, August 21, 1863. dawned clear and bright in the sleepy abolitionist town of Lawrence, Kansas. Its citizens awoke that morning unaware that the feared Missouri raider William Quantrill and more than 400 of his followers were bearing down on them intent on retribution, bloodshed and destruction. A few hours later, nearly 200 men and boys lay dead, the ruins of buildings and homes smoldered, and raiders raced for the safety of the Missouri border. It was the worst act of terrorism committed against civilians during the Civil War. Survivors would rebuild and later recount their tales. Here is their story.
True Lives - Reality TV SeriesBlackhawk Productions/Playboy Channel 2005 Just how real are people on reality shows.... are they still "real people" when they know they have a camera in their face? What if they did not know. To find out we went in search of 6 people to let us invade their lives 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 3 months. We told them they would be followed around by cameras every where they went... what we did not tell them was that the Castle we were moving them into was wired with Hidden Cameras. They just assumed (as we hoped) that when the camera crew left the room, they were off camera. Reality TV has finally crossed the line.
Thank You, Good NightProduction Companies: Burkhardt/Griffith Productions - Deeper Magic Communications - Roaring Leo Productions 2001 It is April 1994. The Handy Kaufmans are New Jerseys foremost underachieving rock band. Kurt Cobain has just committed suicide, and this band full of slackers is about to embark on one final tour. They have been at it for four years. Either they make it big this time they grab the brass ring of a record contract or they resign themselves to a life of nine-to-five mediocrity. Lee, the band leader and drummer, is a control freak who also never finishes what he starts. Mike, the chief songwriter, tries to emulate the tortured-artist lifestyle of the rock-and-roll icons he idolizes, like Cobain. Donnie, lead singer and compulsive womanizer, and Big Frank, the incompetent but golden-hearted manager, round out the band personnel. (Their bassist, Jim, electrocutes himself in a drunken pissing contest.) The Kaufmans are joined by last-minute replacement Trixie, a wild rock-and-roll beauty and bassist who sparks up Lees dormant romantic instincts. What will this tour across the Midwest and New York State hold for the and? Will they be able to overcome their own worst enemies themselves in their quest to make it to the final gig? It is there, at a huge state fair, that Lee expects a powerful record company executive to see their performance. He will sign them, Lee vows, and catapult them to their dream of stardom.
The Battle of Okeechobee Reenactmentby Into Nature Films for the Friends of Okeechobee Battlefield
The Battle of Okeechobee on Christmas Day 1837 was one of the bloodiest battles of the Seminole Wars. For three days in February 2014, the Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park along with the Okeechobee Battlefield Friends and the public commemorate the Battle of Okeechobee fought along the north shore of Lake Okeechobee in central Florida. This 10 minute video allows viewers to relive the battle through an excellent reenactment performance, reenactor interviews, fine Florida History art depictions by Jackson Walker, moving Seminole War music by Jed Marum & Rickey Pittman, and narration story delivered by noted author and Seminole War historian John Missall. Learn about the importance of commemorating events such as these. The National Trust for Historic Preservation placed the Battle of Okeechobee site on a list of Americas Most Endangered Historic Places.
Newest Releases - FilmThe Lone Chimney Film production, The Road to Valhalla is available now on DVD. Jed wrote the original music, produced the sound track and makes a brief appearance in the film. He is also featured in the DVD extras; music video and interview.
Bloody Dawn is also available on DVD from Lone Chimney Films. This full length documentary features Jed Marum music and includes etras with the DVD.
Newest Releases - Audio
Old FavoritesThese fan favorite albums are available at CDBaby, Amazon iTunes and more. Here are quick links to them at CDBaby.
CDBaby On-line Store
2.) click album cover to see song list
3.) click the play button to hear sample
4.) click Buy MP3, or Buy CD to purchase album
5.) click MP3 $0.99 button next to song for one MP3
6.) Repeat often!