We Banjo 3 and I Draw Slow
08 February 2013
20:00 - 22:30
glór Irish Music Centre, Causeway Link, Ennis, Co Clare
- presented by glór and Music Network
- €18/16 Conc.
Award-winning quartet WeBanjo3 from Galway, Ireland combine Irish Music
with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo's rich
legacy and roots. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of
virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race.
Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the
most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today. Featuring
banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion We Banjo 3 make a bold
and extraordinary musical statement. Creativity, sensitivity and passion are
present in full measure and Irish music is at the heart of what they play.
Collectively, WeBanjo3 have been at the forefront of Irish banjo and
fiddle for 2 decades. Their competitive success is unrivalled, Martin holding 7
All Ireland titles, Enda with 4, while Fergal and David hold All Ireland titles
on Banjo, Fiddle, Bodhran and Guitar.
Enda has recorded and toured with the best of the best including The
Chieftains, Frankie Gavin, Stockton's Wing, Grammy-winner Ricky Skaggs and
"Instrumental Band of the Decade" The Brock McGuire Band. Fergal has performed
with David Munnelly, Martin O'Connor and Kevin Crawford and has toured the
world with Ragus and Celtic Legends. Martin was the very first Irish banjo
player to perform at the Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville and David is fast building
a reputation for his deep, muscular singing.
We Banjo 3 play with swing and soul, effortlessly combining the best of
Irish and Bluegrass banjo music and song, mining the rich vein of the American
Old Time tradition and thoroughly reinventing the banjo band sound. Modern
rhythms, traditional melodies, virtuosic technique and innovative arrangements
of music and song add up to an incredible feast of banjo and mandolin music -
guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping.
Dublin roots band I Draw Slow have been drumming up enthusiastic reviews
in Ireland since the release of their top 10-selling second album, Redhills.
Irish national broadcaster RTE made Redhills album of the week and the album
frequently features on playlists of stations across Ireland, the UK and now,
Their impact abroad is redrawing the map for these Irish/Americana
songwriters. They have been described in the UK press as American top league equivalents destined to blow the
opposition away, drawing favourable comparisons with Gillian Welsh and
Alison Krauss. The band comprises Dave and Louise Holden on guitar and vocals,
Adrian Hart on fiddle, Colin Derham on claw hammer banjo and Konrad Liddy on
Their sound is a blend of old time Appalachian and Irish traditional but
their original songbook moves the genre into a new space that has been
described the US press as a fully natural
evolution of American and Irish traditional styles.