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Irish and Celtic Fingerstyle Banjo

Pioneering all manner of 5-string styles to playing trad tunes from Celtic lands, the Celtic diaspora, and the British Isles.

78 Members, Created 5/11/2012 -

Administrators: Tom Hanway (owner) , peter somerville


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Halloween video card.

No it's not celtic but it does feature a 17 fret irish tenor... Enjoy   https://youtu.be/D2UY_kiJszA
From kirbonite 12 months ago
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Sharon Shannon - Live at Dolan's Warehouse 2006

Irish and Celtic musicians have long flirted with and absorbed other musics into the living tradition. Here is a contemporary example by Sharon Shannon and The Big Band. That's her... Read More
From Tom Hanway 2 years ago
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Bluegrass Today on-line article: New Celtic Banjo Book

Bluegrass Today has an on-line feature article about my newest Mel Bay tune collection, Easy Irish and Celtic Melodies for 5-String Banjo: Best-Loved Airs and Session Tunes:  New... Read More
From Tom Hanway 4 years ago
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Celtic tabs: Donnybrook Fair & Gallagher's Frolics

I posted these to the Hangout tab archive back in 2011. They both tend more to the melodic style rather than the Celtic three finger style as Tom describes it. But I think the melodies... Read More
From Old Hickory 4 years ago
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good tunes for irish jam

Well, I'm glad melodic fingerstyle is finding it's way into irish music.. I've always been better at this style than scruggs.. SO, I got my nerve up to go to my first irish jam.  ... Read More
From kirbonite 5 years ago
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Banish Misfortune, 5-string banjo
Linked by AllanJ 2 months ago: Bit of a work-in-progress - I've come up with a rather different setting to the one in Tom Hanway's book - so once I get comfortable with the tune I'll borrow some ideas from there.

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.

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Linked by Tom Hanway 1 year ago: Revised and re-posted.

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.

Tablature: Music for a Found Harmonium (PCO tab version)
Linked by Tom Hanway 1 year ago: Tab arrangement of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra version of the tune. Notice the form (top left).

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Linked by Tom Hanway 1 year ago: Fixed a 404 error and re-posted.

Blog Entry: Music for a Found Harmonium (Sharon Shannon version)
Linked by Tom Hanway 1 year ago: A blog about 'Music for a Found Harmonium', enjoy!

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