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Playing Since: 1985
Experience Level: Expert/Professional
Tom Hanway has made 87 recent additions to Banjo Hangout
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Occupation: Musician, Composer, Recording Artist, Author
(1) Tom Hanway SwallowTail Deluxe and (2) Standard, co-designed with Geoff Stelling in 1998, and (3) Nechville Meteor (acoustic/electric) with the "Galaxy" inlay pattern. I also have a 1918 Van Eps tenor which I inherited from my grandfather, John Hanway, who got it as a freshman and played it in the Yale Mandolin and Banjo Club. It has recently been restored by Tom Cussen (Clareen Banjos) of Clarinbridge, Co. Galway, Ireland. I fool around and play a bit of "trad" on it (traditional Irish music).
In no particular order: Tony Trischka, Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, Don Reno (father and son), Ralph Stanley, Béla Fleck, Jerry Garcia, Vassar Clements, David Bromberg, Tim O'Brien, Herb Pedersen, Sonny Osborne, Bill Emerson, Raymond Fairchild, Eddie Adcock, Bill Keith, Allen Shelton, Butch Robins, Sammy Shelor, Jim Mills, Scott Vestal, The Beatles, The Stones, the Grateful Dead, Jorma Kaukonen, New Grass Revival, Sam Bush, Stringbean (for his humanity), Joni Mitchell, Gram Parsons, Roy Huskey, Jr., The Bothy Band, Altan, Michael Coleman, Cream, Hendrix, Carole King, James Taylor, Johnson Mountain Boys, Andy McGann, Tommy Peoples, Tony DeMarco, Hot Rize, Doc Watson, Rev. Gary Davis, Jesse Fuller, all the great bluesmen, all the early R&B and jazz cats. I love jugbands, skiffle bands, jam bands, and the like.
My dad, "Wild Jack", who showed the whole family what great fun it is to jam with old jazz recordings. I was tapping my foot to traditional jazz and Big Band music at a very impressionable age. I learned a lot of jazz tunes that way, melodies for which I have not title, which is another project. So many tunes, so little time!
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