Friday, October 4
7:30 pm – Hering Auditorium
One of the most prolific and exciting bands to emerge from Ireland in recent years. Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, percussion and beautiful harmonies, We Banjo 3’s music is affectionately described as “Celtgrass.” The Galway-based quartet comprises two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley, who collectively hold over a dozen “All Ireland” titles.
We Banjo 3’s fifth album, Haven, released summer 2018 has resulted in a stratospheric catapulting of a band already surrounded in critical acclaim and renowned for their irrepressible and ever-growing legion of fans.
In the eight years since their formation in the city of Galway on the rugged west coast of Ireland, We Banjo 3 have garnered multiple awards and accolades as diverse as Billboard World #1 to Irish Times Album of the Year to Songlines Magazine Top of the World Award. The band has played for US and Irish Presidents, members of Congress and multiple ambassadors Europe-wide, as well as performing live to over 400,000 people annually across a multitude of Irish, Folk and Roots festivals in the US. Variously described as “The Irish Punch Brothers” and “transcending even the best superlatives”, the band has now evolved into an astonishing song-writing unit, one whose latest album achieves a new gold standard for the combined powers of banjo, fiddle and guitar.
The We Banjo 3 personnel constitute a veritable embarrassment of creative riches. Martin Howley (tenor banjo, mandolin, vocals) is a seven-time all-Ireland banjo champion, and a performer of unique energies, who holds the distinction of being the first Irish musician to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Enda Scahill (tenor banjo, vocals) a widely renowned master of Irish banjo, has recorded with Ricky Skaggs, the Chieftains and many others; he is also an author widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on Irish banjo techniques. Fergal Scahill (fiddle, percussion, vocals) who enjoys an iconic standing in Ireland for both fiddle and bodhran, is also a tireless collaborator whose many musical projects have left a harmonious international footprint. David Howley (lead vocals, guitar) is a front man of extraordinary presence and emotive range.
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“It’s as if the Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and the Chieftains all got together for a battle of the bands but decided to pool their resources instead. The future of World Music has arrived.” Elmore Magazine