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We Banjo 3 + 1 With Special Guests Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello


Sun. 26th Oct. 2014 – Hawk’s Well Theatre

Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival celebrates 10 years of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
22nd – 27th October 2014

A Sligo Live / Hawk’s Well co-production sees We Banjo 3 +1 with Special Guests Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello perform live at the Hawk’s Well Theatre on Sunday, 26th October 2014.  Tickets are on sale now.  This very special concert on Sunday October 26th is part of the festival which runs over the October Bank Holiday Weekend.

Award-winning quartet We Banjo 3+1 from Galway combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race, they thoroughly reinvent the banjo band sound.

Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today.   Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion We Banjo 3 + 1 make a bold and extraordinary musical statement. Creativity, sensitivity and passion are present in full measure and Irish music is at the heart of what they play.  Collectively, WeBanjo3 have been at the forefront of Irish banjo and fiddle for 2 decades. Their competitive success is unrivalled, Martin holding 7 All Ireland titles, Enda with 4, while Fergal and David hold All Ireland titles on Banjo, Fiddle, Bodhran and Guitar.  Enda has recorded and performed with The Chieftains, Frankie Gavin, Stockton’s Wing, Grammy-winner Ricky Skaggs and “Instrumental Band of the Decade” The Brock McGuire Band.  Fergal has performed with David Munnelly, Martin O’Connor and Kevin Crawford and has toured the world with Ragus and Celtic Legends.  Martin was the very first Irish banjo player to perform at the Grand Ol Opry in Nashville and David is fast building a reputation for his deep, muscular singing.

They are supported by Tommy McCarthy and his wife Louise Costello who are noted musicians and owners of the famous ‘Burren Bar’ in Davis Square, Somerville, Boston, considered one of the best places to hear traditional Irish music in the United States.

Tommy McCarthy (fiddle) & Louise Costello (banjo and accordion), are a couple who need no introduction to lovers of Irish music on both sides of the Atlantic. They have established ‘The Burren’ as the premier venue for traditional music in the U.S. Their recent album, Grace Bay, showcases a perfect blend of the regional styles of West Clare and North Galway and for this performance, they will be joined by Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh on bodhrán and Noel O’ Grady on bouzouki, both of whom played on Grace Bay.

SLIGO LIVE, Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival, celebrates 10 years of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way this October Bank Holiday from 22nd – 27th October 2014.

We Banjo 3 +1 with Special Guests Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello join the line-up at SLIGO LIVE 2014 which includes SHERYL CROW, BELL X1, HORSLIPS, Michael McGoldrick Quartet, Simone Felice, The Barr Brothers, O’Hooley & Tidow, NoCROWS, The Riptide Movement, Rackhouse Pilfer, Renegade Brass Band and many more.

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