Mullingar Arts Centre invites you to sit back and watch the sparks fly, as We Banjo 3 - virtuosi Enda Scahill, Martin Howley, and David Howley - take you on a rollercoaster ride through banjo history, from ragtime to reels.
Featuring three tenor banjos, mandolins, tenor guitars, guitars, banjolin, and David’s vocals “with soul beyond his years”, We Banjo 3 combine Irish music with old-time American, ragtime, and bluegrass influences, revealing the banjo’s rich legacy from its roots in African and minstrel music, through to the Irish traditional sound pioneered by Barney McKenna.
Up to now, the banjo has been to some extent an unsung instrument, but when the remarkable We Banjo 3 hits the vellum and virtuosity takes flight, any doubts about this fascinating instrument are swept aside in a wave of verve and sheer joie-de-vivre.
Winners of the Music Network Young Musicwide Award, the trio from Galway - Enda Scahill, and brothers Martin and David Howley - play with swing and soul, effortlessly combining the best of Irish and bluegrass banjo music, mining the rich vein of the American old time tradition and thoroughly reinventing the banjo band sound. This Irish tour comes hot on the heels of their recent performance at the Milwaukee Irish Fest, North America’s largest celebration of Irish music and culture.
We Banjo 3 will be appearing at the Mullingar Arts Centre for one night only on Friday March 1 at 8pm. Tickets are €15/ €12. For more information call (044) 9347777.