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    What are some classic and new must haves?

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    Anything by The Dubliners featuring the great Barney McKenna, every tenor banjo player followed Barney.

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    Cathal Hayden is the business, both on fiddle and banjo. I belive he's made a CD called Hooked On Banjo, but I haven't heard it.

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    Gerry O’Connor isn’t bad.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zXPBV4U9h0U

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    Shaun, Gerry O'Connor's Time to Time is great, as well as Seamus Egan (of Solas) has several albums, including A Week in January, as well as some others. iTunes has them for download, and if you look around you may find some used CD's as well as some vinyl of these. Seamus also has a new album out (I believe it's been released). For technique though, Gerry O'Connor is the kind of the triplets. Jon Carty is also a great banjo player.

    I am hoping Jill will pop in here and also give you some names.

    Have you gotten yourself a tenor banjo?
    There's nothing better than first-hand experience.

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    As well as John Carty's solo recordings, check out his and Brian McGrath's dual banjos in recordings by At The Racket. See https://www.allcelticmusic.com/artis...n%20Carty.html and https://thesession.org/recordings/artists/289

    Brian Kelly - genius playing - both solo and with The Long Notes. See https://thesession.org/recordings/320 and https://thesession.org/recordings/2211 and https://thesession.org/recordings/2869 and https://thesession.org/recordings/5495

    Darren Maloney (RIP) See https://thesession.org/recordings/4028 and https://thesession.org/recordings/1444

    Kieran Hanrahan - both solo work and with Stocktons Wing - see https://thesession.org/recordings/243 and https://thesession.org/recordings/artists/59

    Angelina Carberry - see https://thesession.org/recordings/887 and https://thesession.org/recordings/1125 and https://thesession.org/recordings/artists/1100 and https://thesession.org/recordings/5635

    Sully and Johnny Keenan (RIP) see https://thesession.org/recordings/354

    Brian McGrath - Pure Banjo see https://thesession.org/recordings/3289

    As mentioned above, Cathal Hayden - see https://thesession.org/recordings/artists/231

    The Border Collies - see https://thesession.org/recordings/1254

    Anything by Craobh Rua - see https://thesession.org/recordings/artists/159

    Some fine banjo playing on Mulcahy Family recordings - see https://thesession.org/recordings/artists/297

    Liam Farrell - see https://thesession.org/recordings/1172 and https://thesession.org/recordings/3455


    I'm sure there are lots more that I just can't call to mind at the moment. But hunting down and listening to those above should keep you occupied for a day or two...

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    There are many great Irish TB players around now that any list would be incomplete. Gerry O'Connor, Seamus Egan and Cathal Hayden, already mentioned, are all great. In terms of albums I enjoy listening to I would include CDs by Damian O'Kane, and Eamonn Coyne (both really well recorded) and Angelina Carberry. Don't forget also We Banjo Three, a group containing two of the very best TB Players, Martin Howley and Enda Scahill.
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    That's enough to keep me busy for awhile!! Big thanks everybody, especially Aiden for that massive list. Hell, I already had the Gerry O'Connor Time to Time recording and had completely forgotten about it. The hazard of having a large digital music library.

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    Angela Usher - https://youtu.be/_UFREO0qF3U I took lessons from her last year for about 6 months via Skype, really lovely player and writes great tunes as well.

    Shane Mulchrone - https://raelachrecords.bandcamp.com/album/solid-ground

    Páraic Mac Donnchadha - https://paraic.bandcamp.com

    Theresa O'Grady - https://theresaogrady.bandcamp.com/releases

    Pauline Conneely - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idW94djUOpc

    Stevie Dunne - https://youtu.be/4nErMi1w0qA

    Anything by Angelina Carberry or John Carty.
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    Thanks for chiming in Jill! Love your videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce.b View Post
    Gerry O’Connor isn’t bad.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zXPBV4U9h0U
    Yes he's passable
    I don't know if she does much with it anymore, Sharon Shannon is a good banjo banjo player

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    I'd add Mick Moloney's "Strings Attached" recording to the list.

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    Don’t try this at home !!

    https://youtu.be/khy7uPergbg

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    Great players but most I can only admire and hope to learn from.

    To play along with on record, I like:

    Kevin Griffin on Ceili Bandits "Hangin at the Crossroads", check out the Belles of Tipperary set, sample at last track here:
    https://www.amazon.com/Hangin-at-Cro.../dp/B004WLFPJ4

    First tune is Belles of Tipp in D, other tunes in the set are The Plough and The Stars in G and the Cape Breton Fiddlers Welcome to Shetland in A.

    That track alone os well worth a download if you don't have it already.

    I also like the banjo playing behind Sean McGuire in A Man Apart, can't remember who it is right now - you can listen to a bit on this link https://music.apple.com/gb/album/a-man-apart/515360937, track 7. "Graham Townsend/Cherish the Ladies"

    The "Graham Townsend" jig is actually "Rocking Chair" by influential Canadian fiddler Graham Townsend, one of his great tunes in the unusual key of C.

    Lastly but not leastly, it's a joy to be able to play along with every track on Tom Doherty's "Take the Bull by the Horns" featuring Mick Moloney on banjo on most tracks and various members of NYC group Cherish the Ladies , including Tom's daughter, backing Tom throughout.

    try The Silver Spear set sample on this listing:
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    I highly recommend both of Cathal Hayden's solo CDs, especially the latest one, "Hooked on Banjo." Even though he is a superb fiddler, he is a monster on banjo.

    The Angela Usher disc is lovely, and inspired. Somewhat laid back as banjo goes.

    A couple of years ago, John Carty issued a recording called "The Good Mixer." Over twenty years ago, he and his mates got together after their final performance at a pub in London, and laid down some tracks at his house. He forgot about it, and years later discovered the recording, and released it. Terrific selection of tunes, and just straight ahead great playing on the tenor by John.

    Some of you might enjoy "Liag", last year's recording of John Doyle, former Altan member Dermot Byrne, and Eamonn Coyne on banjo.

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    And then - not Irish, but - then there's Gary Peterson of Shetland ...



    I had the pleasure of playing this set with Gary in a pub session once or twice.

    Maybe nobody noticed I was playing maybe 1 note to Gary's 3+

    the tunes are all by the Shetland accordionist Ronnie Cooper:
    Millbrae A
    Miss Susan Cooper D
    Callum Donaldson A
    Mickie Ainsworth D
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    So much good music here. Cathal Hayden's Hooked on Banjo was exactly what I was looking for. Just banjo, guitar and some percussion. Hard to get recording though. You can listen to it on his site. I bought the recording from him thinking I was getting a download but apparently it's a physical cd. Hopefully that makes its way across the pond soon....

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    What a fun rabbit hole this is. So many good players, so many styles. Really liking the tenor banjo and fiddle combos. Of course the more banjo centric recordings are great too. And Enda Scahill and We Banjo 3......totally obsessed!! Aside from the banjo playing they are my new favorite band. Like Mumford & Sons, Punch Brothers, and Solas had a baby! LOL. Their songs are very timely. And it's Irish music. I don't know how you can be anything other than happy listening to Irish music!

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