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Playing Celtic Music on a Five-String

Posted by iSteve on Thursday, February 23, 2012

Hey gang!

Well, it looks like I will be getting a new banjo afterall - "new" as in "new" to me.  Because of my ad on the Classified, I was contacted by a member of the BHO who has a year-old Deering Goodtime Classic Special.  We are working out details, but I should have my banjo in the next 2-4 weeks.  Needless to say, I am soooo excited!  Soon, I'll be a "real" banjo-owning, banjo-playing member of the BHO.

In a related matter, I love celtic music.  One of my favorite music shows is a podcast on iTunes called The Irish and Celtic Music Podcast.  It's hosted by celtic musician, Marc Gunn.  He does a great job of hosting.  Not too much talking and lots of wonder celtic music.  After realizing that I will soon be a banjo-owner, last night I ordered two books from Amazon: 1) Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo and 2) Mel Bay present Celtic Tune Encyclopedia for 5-string Banjo.  They should be here early next week.  While I don't see myself playing celtic music exclusively on my banjo, I do want to focus on it some.  I love old time and bluegrass, but I really love celtic.  My banjo teacher says that he can help me with all three styles.

Well, that's my news for today.  Just wanted to share.



2 comments on “Playing Celtic Music on a Five-String”

banjotef Says:
Thursday, February 23, 2012 @2:21:01 PM

I have hanway's book on celtic banjo. I tell ya, it's great music, but a whole different kinda animal for fingering and picking. It's great fun, though.

iSteve Says:
Thursday, February 23, 2012 @2:37:04 PM


Good to know. I figured as much, but I'm drawn to celtic music. Old time and bluegrass are my heritage, but celtic has its own special place.


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