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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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Blog Entry: 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics for 5-String Banjo and All Instruments
Linked by Tom Hanway 9 years ago: Mel Bay Publications now lists my four Irish/Celtic collections under "Irish/Celtic", lol, also under Banjo: 5-String Banjo. https://www.melbay.com/Author/Default.aspx?AuthorId=37876

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Maid Behind the Bar - 5-string banjo
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King of the Fairies, 5-string banjo
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Jacky Tar - 5-string banjo
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20 O'Carolan Irish Classics for 5-String Banjo and All Instruments
Linked by Tom Hanway 9 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.

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Cold Frosty Morning
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Tam Lin (or Glasgow Reel)
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Jig RunRig
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Lost at Sea
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Blog Entry: 20 O'Carolan Irish Classics for 5-String Banjo and All Instruments
Linked by Tom Hanway 9 years ago: While on holiday in NY I did the galley proof for my fourth Irish and Celtic banjo book with Mel Bay Publications, Inc.

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