Music: We Banjo 3

There are so many odd signifiers and dichotomies in the composition of We Banjo 3 that it’s worth identifying as many as possible.

Mar 9, 2016 at 10:36 am

There are so many odd signifiers and dichotomies in the composition of We Banjo 3 that it’s worth identifying as many as possible. Let’s start with the group’s titular and misdirecting “3.” There are actually four members of WB3, two sets of Irish brothers, and only two banjos, played by Enda Scahill and Martin Howley (who also play mandolin and guitar); acoustic guitarist David Howley (who occasionally plays banjo) and fiddler/percussionist Fergal Scahill rounding out the group.

Hailing from Ireland, the quartet characterizes its sound as Celtgrass, a combination of the members’ native roots and Americanized Bluegrass. Since Country and Bluegrass are largely a product of British Folk and the Celtic musical tradition, it’s an interesting hybrid. Read more about the group in this week's Sound Advice.


We Banjo 3 plays Live! at the Ludlow Garage Friday. More info: liveattheludlowgarage.com .