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A warm welcome to all players of Irish Music on the Tenor Banjo.

Members: 1,264

This website was established in February 2010 & is dedicated to promoting the playing of Irish Music on primarily the Tenor Banjo, but also on the Tenor Guitar & the Mandolin.
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Paul Bridgeman posted a discussion

1928 Epiphone Mayfair For Sale

My beloved, Clareen restored, 1928 Epiphone Mayfair for sale!I bought this banjo, fully restored from Clareen banjos in November last. It is a 1928, 19 fret, with brass tone ring. Great condition - wall nut neck with beautiful decoration throughout. nice original - great sounding banjo. Getting rare with production stopping in 1935Only selling to free up a bit of cash in all of these extra instruments I have. Collection in Clonee D15 or I can meet around the city if needs be.Price -…See More
Alan Hopkins replied to Tom's discussion Paramount B head
"Try  Bob at  'Brown dog Banjos'."
Tom posted a discussion

Paramount B head

I'm looking for a Renaissance Remo head for a Paramount Style B. It's 11 1/8", medium crown.Is this available anywhere in Ireland or the UK? See More
Tommy Power replied to Tommy Power's discussion Clifford Essex Paragon Tenor Banjo For Sale
"No Problem, Thanks Seamus"
Seamus Duffy replied to Tommy Power's discussion Clifford Essex Paragon Tenor Banjo For Sale
"SorryTommy I'm interested in a lighter banjo Seamus"
Alan Jones posted photos
Rich Ward commented on Rich Ward's video

Irish reel on Tenor guitar

"Thanks Ronan And thanks for putting me straight on that Is it an irish tune do you know or scottish origin"
Ronan McGrath commented on Rich Ward's video

Irish reel on Tenor guitar

"Thanks. Its not usually classed as a reel though - a barndance or strathspey called Jenny will you marry me. Nice playing"
Rich Ward commented on Rich Ward's video

Irish reel on Tenor guitar

"Its a tanglewood with cedar top not an expensive instrument Ronan"
Aug 26
Ronan McGrath commented on Rich Ward's video

Irish reel on Tenor guitar

"What make is your guitar, sounds nice"
Aug 26
Swelkie commented on Dick Glasgow's video

Scottish Smallpipes & Paragon Banjo - 6/8 Marches!

"Just right! Any idea of the tunes' names?"
Aug 26
Alan O Rourke commented on Alan O Rourke's video


"Hello Bernard ,this particular banjo has been sold. All of my banjos are completely handcrafted and custom built to customers spec.This banjo and all other 19 fret tenor banjos are 3,000 Euro.No veneers used at all on my banjos I use only solid…"
Aug 26
Bernard Morgan commented on Alan O Rourke's video


"Hi, how much wud this banjo cost ?"
Aug 26
Rich Ward posted a video

Munster Bacon Irish jig

Munster Bacon jig on tenor guitar
Aug 26
Alan O Rourke posted a video


Heres a great tune from Tony ORourke from Australia who came to see us in the Fleagh sligo 2014 playing an Alsbanjo, thanks Tony great to have met you.
Aug 25
Stephen Doherty commented on Alan O Rourke's video
Aug 25
Paul Busman posted a blog post

Epiphone bt75?

Anyone know anything about an "Epiphone by Gibson bt 75" tenor?  I have a line on one which looks reasonable.  I'd like to start playing Irish tunes on a tenor.  I'm not sure if it's a 19 or 17 fret.See More
Aug 25
Bernard Morgan commented on Dick Glasgow's group Your Tenor Banjos?
"Hello lads ,Im delighted to join the group ,,, I play a Framus Nashville which I have for 30 years now and I love it but is very quiet in a session so I am looking to buy a new banjo but not sure wat to go for !! some people say that the Emerald is…"
Aug 25
Profile IconGuido and Bernard Morgan joined Dick Glasgow's group

Your Tenor Banjos?

I'm curious to know what is the most commonly played Banjo, when it comes to Irish Music, today. If all our members post details, it might give us some idea.So what do you play?See More
Aug 25
Alan Jones commented on Alan Jones's video

The Maid Behind the Bar

"Thanks Martin, glad you thinks so.   "
Aug 24

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