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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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MP3: The Butterfly (2x, slow and simple)
Linked by Tom Hanway 8 years ago: Lovely stuff!

Tablature: Toss the Feathers (E Dorian)
Linked by Tom Hanway 8 years ago: Enjoy!

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The Polite Mechanicals - Childgrove
Linked by AllanJ 9 years ago: A tune from the 1701 edition of Playford's Dancing Master.

Tablature: Music for a Found Harmonium
Linked by Tom Hanway 9 years ago: Start with capo 2 for Irish Trad sessions because it begins and ends in the key of D. It's easy on the 5-string, and it’s a fabulous tune closer, a real crowd-pleaser. It works for Sharon Shannon.

Tablature: Anach Cuain (Irish slow air)
Linked by Tom Hanway 9 years ago: This arrangement is based on the sean-nós version sung by the lovely Dolly MacMahon. It's in the key signature of G, but that's misleading because it's A Dorian or D Mixolydian on the uilleann pipes.

MP3: Morgaine's Hornpipe - from Tom Hanway: Bucket of Bees (Celtic fingerstyle)
Linked by Tom Hanway 9 years ago: My first composition on banjo, a hornpipe from the Celtic Diaspora, came to me 30 years ago. I recorded it five years later for my first CD, Bucket of Bees (released in 1991).

Tablature: Devil's Dream (Bill Keith)
Linked by Tom Hanway 9 years ago: Bill Keith played this live at the Eagle Tavern in New York on March 20, 1988. Capo II to play in A.

Tablature: Rickett's Hornpipe
Linked by Tom Hanway 9 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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Drowsy maggie
Linked by niagra 9 years ago

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Gravel Walks
Linked by niagra 9 years ago

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