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Irish and Celtic Fingerstyle Banjo

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Pioneering 5-string styles to play traditional tunes from Ireland, Celtic lands, ex-Celtic lands, and the Celtic diaspora.

82 Members, Created 5/11/2012 -

Administrators: Tom Hanway (owner) , peter somerville


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Revised Tab With Fingering: Lilting Banshee

Years ago Tom Hanway asked why I didn't include picking fingering in my tab. My reason was I thought players experienced enough to play it would have their preferences. But I also realized it... Read More
From Old Hickory 4 years ago
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Jameson TV Commercial, Tom Hanway on 5-String Banjo

Please see the TV commercial for Jameson Irish Whiskey, Scully was to Blame, part of their global campaign to catch up to the gin trend in Ireland and the... Read More
From Tom Hanway 6 years 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 9 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 11 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 11 years ago
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Tablature: Music for a Found Harmonium (PCO standard version)
Linked by Tom Hanway 8 years 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 8 years ago: Tab arrangement of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra version of the tune. Notice the form (top left).

Blog Entry: (untitled)
Linked by Tom Hanway 8 years ago: Fixed a 404 error and re-posted.

Blog Entry: Music for a Found Harmonium (Sharon Shannon version)
Linked by Tom Hanway 8 years ago: A blog about 'Music for a Found Harmonium', enjoy!

Tablature: Music for a Found Harmonium (Shannon standard)
Linked by Tom Hanway 8 years ago: Based on Sharon Shannon's version.

MP3: Big Sciota
Linked by Tom Hanway 8 years ago: While this is an OT tune, it is a great example of improvising within a Celtic mode.

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The Maid Behind the Bar (standard)
Linked by Tom Hanway 8 years ago: Notice the style of ornamentation for the traditional reel in D major.

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Maid Behind the Bar
Linked by peter somerville 8 years ago

MP3: Butterfly, The (Celtic fingerstyle)
Linked by Tom Hanway 8 years ago: Here's the trance-inducing Irish slip jig played as an air, slightly crooked and with a touch of rubato.

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The Butterfly
Linked by Tom Hanway 8 years ago: So tasty!

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