We Banjo 3
The Hawk's Well Theatre is delighted to welcome back to the theatre We Banjo 3 - a dynamic and rousing group that has been taking both sides of the Atlantic by storm, carving a reputation as a hugely imaginative ensemble.
For all the innovation and invention that goes into modern music these days, it’s the inspiration derived from one’s roots that proves the most enduring - in this case Galway, where this group have found common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana by playing their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovation fusion of styles that they dub “Celtgrass.” Four albums in, their latest, String Theory, was released in July of 2016. Described as “astonishing,” “the Gold Standard of Irish and American Roots music,” and “the Irish Punch Brothers,” they can claim the # 1 position in Billboard’s World Music charts, top honours from IMOR (the Irish Music Rights Organization), solid sales numbers and the distinction of entertaining an American president, an Irish Prime Minister and members of the U.S. Congress at the annual “Friends of Ireland” luncheon on Capitol Hill. Little wonder then that We Banjo 3 is literally taking both sides of the Atlantic by storm.
Comprised of two sets of siblings - brothers Edna Scahill (tenor banjo, vocals) and Fergal Scahill (fiddle, viola, dobro, percussion, guitar, mandolin, vocals) and brothers Martin Howley (tenor banjo, mandolin, vocals) and David Howley (lead vocals, guitar), along with Trevor Hutchinson on bass - We Banjo 3 finds a natural symmetry as well as a cohesive chemistry that’s been imbued in the band ever since they were initially drawn to one another by their common creative interests. Inspired by the traditional Irish and Americana music they heard growing up, they placed three banjo players in the mix in the beginning, eventually diversifying their sound while broadening their boundaries as well.
Martin is a seven-time all-Ireland banjo champion and the first Irish musician to perform at The Grand Ole Opry. Enda has recorded with Ricky Skaggs, The Chieftains and many others, aside from being considered as one of the world’s leading authors and authorities on Irish banjo techniques. Fergal has performed with dozens of artists at home and abroad, and is widely recognized as an Irish champion of both fiddle and bodhran. David has been cited as a solo artist of exceptional skill, while Garry is a veteran of work with numerous bands and individual artists.
A night of great live music not to be missed!
As a special early bird gift, We Banjo 3 have arranged to give a pre-signed poster to everyone who books a month before the gig! Enquire at our box office