Tenor Banjo, Mandolin
Professional banjo player, passionate about folk & traditional, especially Irish traditional music. Touring Europe and US with celtic rock band Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards and new trad quartet Gadan. I’ve been playing music since I was a kid, starting with guitar then falling in love with tenor banjo when in Ireland.
Been sound engineer for years; not much time left nowadays but when I’m not touring or writing new stuff, I still do productions, recording, mixing and performing as a studio session musician.
Clareen Pearl tenor banjo, Dave Boyle custom short-scale tenor banjo, Flatiron Performer mandolin, Samuel Domeneghini custom bouzouki, Ovation MCS148 mandolin, Deering Goodtime 5-strings banjo, Martin D28 guitar, Telecaster Tenor guitar.
Favorite Banjo Players
Enda Scahill, Angelina Carberry, Garry O’Meara, Barney McKenna, Cathal Hayden.
Favorite mandolin players
Chris Thile, Paul Kelly, Bill Monroe.
Three favorite bands/artists
WeBanjo3, Talisk, The East Pointers.
Most influential artists
Christy Moore, WeBanjo3, The Pogues, Planxty, Bothy Band, Gerry O’Connor, The Dubliners, Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, Martin Hayes.
Best concerts so far
Dublin Irish Festival (Ohio, US) 2019, Bustofolk 2018 (Italy).
Best concerts attended
Christy Moore in Waterford (2010), We Banjo 3 in Ravensburg (2015), Dropkick Murphys in Milan (2006), Waterboys in Milan (2015).
Favorite places in Ireland
Grogan’s in Dublin, Porterhouse in Bray (sadly no longer existing).
Porterhouse Oyster Stout, Ardbeg whisky.
Garlic cheese fries.
Patrick Kavanagh, Lev Tolstoj, Fëdor Dostoevskij, Roddy Doyle, José Saramago, Brendan Behan.
Enjoying life, playing music, traveling, cycling, rugby, hiking, photography but basically I love doing anything.