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St. Patrick’s Day just got even better! Credit Galway, Ireland’s We Banjo 3 for finding common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana by playing their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovation fusion of styles that they dub “Celtgrass.” This crossover is beautifully reflected on the group’s newest album Haven, the follow up album to String Theory, which went to # 1 on Billboard’s World Music Chart in August of 2016, practically an unheard feat for a self-released album. Made up of two sets of siblings — brothers Enda Scahill (tenor banjo, vocals) and Fergal Scahill (fiddle, viola, dobro, percussion, guitar, mandolin, vocals) and brothers Martin Howley (tenor banjo, mandolin, vocals) and David Howley (lead vocals, guitar), We Banjo 3 finds a natural symmetry as well as a cohesive chemistry. The brothers have developed a loyal following in the U.S., Ireland and other parts of the world, winning over audiences at major music and Irish festivals and prestigious venues with their joyous live show, with Danville next on their list.

Sunday, March 17
7:00 PM

Newlin Hall


“In Many Ways We Banjo 3 are the Irish Version of Chris Thile and Punch Brothers”
Michael Jonathon – NPR – Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour

“The banjo has for too long languished on the periphery, treading a path between margins too narrow to fully exploit its full potential. Recent years have changed all that, though, with We Banjo 3 boldly excavating the instrument’s rich expanse to impressive effect” – The Irish Times

“It’s as if the Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and the Chieftains all got together for a battle of the bands but decided to pool their resources instead. The future of World Music has arrived.” – Elmore Magazine