Banjo. Fiddle. Mandolin. Guitar. Percussion and vocals. The two sets of brothers, Enda and Fergal Scahill and Martin and David Howley, are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today, all holding multiple All-Ireland titles. Their reputation for virtuosity, verve, and plain old Irish joie-de-vivre is indisputable: The Galway Advertiser recently named them “Band of the Year 2016.”
Finding common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana, We Banjo 3 dubs their innovative fusion of styles “Celtgrass.”
Revered not only in Ireland these days, but also around the globe, We Banjo 3 performed in March last year at the annual Capitol Hill “Friends of Ireland” luncheon for President Obama, Vice-President Biden, Speaker Ryan, and Irish Prime Minister Kenny, among other honored guests.
We Banjo 3 tours year-round, including stints in Japan, Europe, and Australia this season, in addition to their current US tour, of course. The group’s fourth album, “String Theory,” was released last summer, and moved quickly to #1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart. The Elmore Magazine review noted: “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.”