A dashing, young Galway-based foursome that combines bluegrass and old time string band music with traditional Irish folk, We Banjo 3 is taking the acoustic world by storm. Their most recent record, 2015’s Live in Galway, received 4 stars from the Irish Times.
We Banjo 3 are comprised of two sets of highly accomplished Irish brothers that have joined forces to create a stirring amalgam of traditional Irish and Appalcahian styles. Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion, We Banjo 3 bring a contemporary spirit to vintage traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic as well as a heaping dose of originals.
The band’s debut, Roots of the Banjo Tree, came out in 2012 to wide acclaim both in Ireland and abroad. Their sophomore release Gather the Good (2014) only served to enhance the upstart quartet’s growing audience. While relatively new on the scene as a band, individually, the brothers had already enjoyed success as players on their own, especially in competitions. Martin holds seven All-Ireland titles, Enda with 4, while Fergaland David hold All-Ireland titles on Banjo, Fiddle, Bodhran and Guitar. Enda has recorded and performed with The Chieftains, Frankie Gavin, Stockton’s Wing, Grammy-winner Ricky Skaggs and “Instrumental Band of the Decade” The Brock McGuire Band. Fergal has performed with David Munnelly, Martin O’Connor and Kevin Crawford and has toured the world with Ragus and Celtic Legends. Martin was the very first Irish banjo player to perform at the Grand Ol Opry in Nashville and David is fast building a reputation for his deep, muscular singing.
We Banjo 3 play with swing and soul, effortlessly combining the best of Irish and Bluegrass banjo music and song, mining the rich vein of the American Old Time tradition and thoroughly reinventing the banjo band sound. Modern rhythms, traditional melodies, virtuosic technique and innovative arrangements of music and song stand as the band’s hallmark.
“Stunning stuff from the guys that have sown the seeds of a new and innovative era in banjo music…..pure listening pleasure”– Irish Music Magazine
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