The award-winning Galway, Ireland-based quartet WE BANJO 3 will perform at The Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati on Tuesday, September 15th at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are $23.00 general admission, $20.00 for members and $25.00 at the door. For more information: http://www.irishcenterofcincinnati.com/ or call 513-533-0100.
The group blends traditional Irish Music with Americana and Bluegrass affectionately described as “Celtgrass.” Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion, We Banjo 3 makes a bold and extraordinary musical statement. Modern rhythms, traditional melodies, virtuosic technique and innovative arrangements of music and song add up to a blazing live show!
The band includes two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley; collectively they are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today who have been at the forefront of Irish banjo and fiddle for 2 decades. Martin Howley is a 7-time “All Ireland” Banjo champion while Enda Scahill, who is also an author on Irish banjo techniques, holds 4. Multi-instrumentalist Fergal Scahill is one of the most acclaimed fiddlers in Irish music and an “All Ireland” champion on fiddle and bodhran. Multi-instrumentalist David Howley is the group’s vocalist and also provides the band with its rhythm section.
We Banjo 3’s most recent studio recording, Gather The Good, received rave reviews and was named “Album of the Year” in 2015 by The “Livies” Awards, Top TIR Awards from Irish American News, Celtic Connections syndicated radio show, and Lonesome Highway RTE Radio One. Their 2013 release, Roots of the Banjo Tree, also won many awards including “Traditional Album of The Year” by the Irish Times. On June 1, 2015, the band released a live recording, Live In Galway.
What the critics say about WE BANJO 3:
“We Banjo 3 are technically sophisticated and stylistically adventuresome in a way rarely heard in Irish music……..the final tune bursts in with an intricate neotrad arrangement that features some seriously pyrotechnic playing” Daniel Neely, The Irish Echo
“Stunning stuff from the guys that have sown the seeds of a new and innovative era in banjo music…..pure listening pleasure” Eileen McCabe, Irish Music Magazine
“I was blown away by the wonderful mix of Irish, Bluegrass and OldTimey music these guys put out.” Jack Baker, Irish American News
“The very hottest exponents of the Celtgrass style.” Roots Magaine
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