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For banjo history and performance related to the Classic (not classical) banjo.

48 Members, Created 1/27/2011 -

Administrators: Rob MacKillop (owner)

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And what about these folks?

Hi all,   I have had a lot of fun thanks to the banjo tutorials that I have been using all these months. However I wasn´t be able to find information about the authors of these... Read More
From Carpentier 4 years ago


What tunes is everyone working on? I just finished up Tarantella and I'm working on another Van Eps piece as well.
From Jody Hughes 6 years ago

What shall Classic banjo content be?

Nice to see a Classic banjo group started.  I'll be interested in what direction the group members want to take this.  I don't play classic banjo, but I do have an interest in the... Read More
From rudy 6 years ago


The photo for the group is the tuning pegs of a Cole banjorine.
From Rob MacKillop 6 years ago
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Blog Entry: Traditional Irish and Celtic Tunes in the Public Domain
Linked by Tom Hanway 9 months ago: Irish and Celtic Tunes for 5-String Banjo Materials by Tom Hanway

Tablature: All Through the Night (Ar Hyd y Nos) 4th Variation
Linked by Tom Hanway 10 months ago: In memory of Bill Keith, here is a lovely Welsh air in Celtic fingerstyle that can be played as a Christmas tune.

Blog Entry: What is the 'Celtic' in Folk Music Culture?
Linked by Tom Hanway 1 year ago: Today, use of either English or French symbolises social and material success while use of a living Celtic language symbolises powerlessness, backwardness or clannishness.

Tablature: Mason's Apron, The
Linked by Tom Hanway 1 year ago: This Celtic fingerstyle version (G) is based on Micho Russell's (Co. Clare) tin whistle version in F. It has a unique lilt to it and can be played with other tunes.

Tablature: Music for a Found Harmonium (PCO standard version)
Linked by Tom Hanway 1 year ago: Here's a snapshot standard arrangement that matches my tab of the same tune based on the original Penguin Cafe Orchestra version.

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The Maid Behind the Bar (standard)
Linked by Tom Hanway 1 year ago: Notice the style of ornamentation for the traditional reel in D major.

Tablature: Rickett's Hornpipe
Linked by Tom Hanway 2 years ago: This is for Bill Keith (RIP), my hero, friend and mentor. Here is a legato arrangement in Celtic Fingerstyle (G tuning, no capo).

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20 O'Carolan Irish Classics for 5-String Banjo and All Instruments
Linked by Tom Hanway 2 years ago: Each tune is played twice through on the recording, which is an optional download that matches the transcriptions note for note and chord for chord. I recommend getting the recording as well.

Blog Entry: How does one know when to retire?
Linked by Tom Hanway 2 years ago: About learning.

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Music for a Found Harmonium
Linked by Tom Hanway 2 years ago: This quirky tune from the Penquin Cafe Orchestra has found its way into mainstream Irish and Celtic music as a reel. I've put it back to its original keys, and it can be capoed up two or four frets.

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