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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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Eighth of January
Linked by Tom Hanway 9 years ago: This has Celtic overtones, like Old Dan Tucker, which it resembles, and can be combined with other tunes, and I play it at sessions here in Ireland.

Blog Entry: Bill Keith Review of Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo
Linked by Tom Hanway 10 years ago: Big thanks to Bill Keith!

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Temperance Reel (Novice)
Linked by Tom Hanway 10 years ago: Celtic Fingerstyle variations (Level One - Novice) for the popular Irish reel and fiddle tune.

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Temperance Reel (Intermediate)
Linked by Tom Hanway 10 years ago: Celtic Fingerstyle variations (Level Two - Intermediate) for the popular Irish reel and fiddle tune.

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Temperance Reel (Advanced)
Linked by Tom Hanway 10 years ago: Celtic Fingerstyle variations (Level Three - Advanced) for the popular Irish reel and fiddle tune.

MP3: Temperance Reel aka The Teetotaller (Celtic fingerstyle)
Linked by Tom Hanway 10 years ago: The well-known Irish reel. This features Gabriel Donohue on acoustic guitar and Robbie Walsh, the 2008 Fleadh Ceoil All-Ireland Champion on bodhran.

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The Teetotaller (Full Tune)
Linked by Tom Hanway 10 years ago: This transcription is pretty close to the setting I used for Mel Bay's Complete Book of Irish & Celtic 5-String Banjo (1998). The notes are the same, but the fingerings are slightly different.

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Linked by Tom Hanway 10 years ago: Twenty-four variations on the Opening Phrase using the three general kinds of Celtic decoration (rhythmic, melismatic, intervallic) in various combinations.

MP3: Silver Spire, The - from Best-Loved Jigs and Reels (played up the neck)
Linked by Tom Hanway 10 years ago: The famous reel with backing chords that match the tablature from Easy Irish and Celtic Session Tunes for 5-String Banjo: Best-Loved Jigs and Reels.

Tablature: The Silver Spire
Linked by Tom Hanway 10 years ago: This tablature is slightly different from how it is transcribed and played in Best--Loved Jigs and Reels, but the notes are the same.

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