"Thanks Alan for the kind comment hopefully I will get the chance to call up to you in the near futher and really get into playing your banjo's as it was very noisey up in Derry and very hard to here the true tone of the banjos"
"Fab tune. I also play this - tho nowhere nearly as well as you do. If you've got "Spotify", the original version of that tune is on there (ie the one that Enda Scahill copied)
By the way, do you have a programme on your computer that…"
Thanks for the friend request. I'm a banjo player of MANY years (5-string), but VERY new to the Irish tenor banjo. So its a huge learning curve for me. And I'm also trying to learn the tunes on my other banjo, as well. It never hurts. If you ever make it out to the American midwest, be sure to drop me a line. We'll get together and "banjo out."
Thanks for the request Darragh, gratefully accepted - apologies for the delay getting back to it, but I've been away a while). Love your youtube channel, by the way and great to see you on that lovely Shapiro mandolin too. Dave has one in the making for me too so can't wait to get my hands on it around the end of the year. Keep up the great playing and don't lose that swagger of yours. Cathal
but bought thru' ebay. I have no idea where the shop is. It's a beast. has a wider neck (than your Cussen) which wouldn't suit most I guess but coming from the guitar it suits me just fine. As the piccy shows, I've made a few changes. The only thing I dislike about it (and this is VERY cosmetic) their is a 'bluegrass' fancy scroll work on the heel and it is simply ghastly (in my opinion). But as only I get to see it and it's nothing to do with the sound, I just grit my teeth! (most of the peeps listening grit their teeth but thats mainly because of my awful playing!)
Might try uploading a piccy of the neck so that you can see.
Hows it going Darragh Good to see you here from a fellow Tipp man I am from Cappawhite originally but live in Dublin now I think you are one of the best young Banjo Players I have seen so keep it up and best of luck at the Fleadh
It's a 100% Irish tenor made by Dave Boyle out the back of Dublin. It's a shorty but in the middle in length between the vega style shorty just under 20"s and the standard 23", my one is 21 & 3/8ths, cost a fortune but worth it and well worth the trip over from Scotland.
T'will be a pleasure Darragh. I've done a search for "Salpeens March" with no luck, could it be known by any other name? Anyway I'll keep an eye out.
My pals call me Will or Willie, second name is Johnstone but because I played accompaniment for a fiddler in a duet for many years people refer to me as "Big Will" to distinguish between me and the more famous Willie Johnson from shetland who often accompanied Aly Bain, I was only ever infamous and the fiddler I played with more so. Billy Banjo is what my musical pals started calling me when I took up the banjo as a bit of a joke so I thought I'd use that handle on here.
Nice banjo and playing, and I'm looking forward to more.
Hi Darragh, So glad that you are a member of this site. I have enjoyed your videos on You Tube and hope this means you will now post a few on this site. As with Bill, I too am just trying to learn the IT Banjo, tunes, etc.. and seeing you "young fellows" progress so well, helps me continue my with my efforts while enjoying your music. Thanks, Ed Donohue Albany, NY
Hello Darragh. My name is Bill Irvin. I am Scots-Irish by ancestory or Heinz 57, a large mixture of everything, as my mother used to say. I have grown to love Irish traditional music and I love to play the Irish Tenor Banjo. I am still in the learning process. I play a Gold Tone Irish Tenor Banjo and a cheap Tenor Plectrum but enjoy it. I would like to know more about Ireland and since I live in Texas if you have any questions fire away.