I just found a picture where Luke Kelly seems so young and he is playing a kind of banjo that I don't know.
Here it is:
Also here (the 2nd picture of him):
I have also attached the photo.
This banjo looks like a five string banjo but with a long fifth string. I'm not sure about this because at the end of the neck it seems that the fifth string disappears behind the capo, but even so the headstock has five tuning pegs instead of having four and one lower for the fifth string...
Can anybody tell me what's the name of this kind of banjo and some history about it? Are they still for sale? Where can you buy them?
Thank you so much.
Search for “zither banjo”
Probably made by Windsor. They appear on UK Ebay regularly.
That "Black dot" between the 4th and 5th fret is where the 5th string went. "Tunneled"
Thank you all, you have solved the doubt. Thanks especially to Rob Mackillop, for showing me his incredible banjoist skills.
I think, Winsor is a good guess too. Clifford Essex also made this type of banjos. I once (in the late seventies) heard one in a street band in London and was much surpriesed over how much sound came from that fairly small banjohead and how well the sound was carried away in the open. However I am not sure that it had the fifth string on. I think he played it like a tenor banjo with a plectrum, but it was made for five strings. Steen
A zither banjo indeed, I believe this was given to Luke by a folk singer he met whilst in England in the early sixties, the second picture shows Lukes Merlin banjo also a gift from Tommy Makem of the Clancy Brothers , Luke used this for most of his career until it fell to bits at a gig in the early eighties, it was replaced by the third banjo pictured, a PS5 vega longneck Pete Seeger model which sadly Luke did not enjoy for long as he died in 1984.
The first picture shows a zither-banjo.
The second picture is a Merlin (aluminum) long-neck banjo:
Edited by - Emiel on 05/28/2019 15:15:33
i think that the second picture of him in the article is the same picture i attached, but anyway thank you.
Most powerful voice then and now. Any recordings of him playing the zither?
there is some cool footage of the Clancys on Pete Seegers TV show (Rainbow Quest I think) showing Tommy Makem playing that self same Merlin before he gave it to Luke.
Yes Spoonfied, here is the youtube channel which have all que rainbow uest programs youtube.com/channel/UCLDRPNpBF...dT9KD5MHA
The first one is the Clancy Brothers one.
Sorry Emiel!!! You are right!!!
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