Reviews

Album of the Year - The Livies
Nominees Folk Alliance Awards
Album of the Year - Lonesome Highway
Album of the Year - Celtic Connection
Album of the Year - Top TIR Awards

“Ultra-talented Irish performers …..
freshness and finesse bordering on magical”

Earle Hitchner

Music Writer, Wall Street Journal

“WE BANJO 3, AN IRISH QUARTET TRANSCENDING EVEN THE BEST SUPERLATIVES”

THE HUFFINGTON POST

“They were absolutely the hottest show at this year’s Irish Fest in Milwaukee…the weekend featured the birth of a new force in Irish music”

Bill Margeson

Music Writer, LiveIreland.com

“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

“Count yourself among the fortunate. You are about to hear something new, something fresh, something daring, something that befits the bright, flamboyant spirit of the banjo itself”

Paul F Wells

Director Emeritus, Mid Tennessee State University

“In Many Ways We Banjo 3 are the IRish Version of Chris Thile and Punch Brothers”

Michael Jonathon

NPR, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour

“Traditional music is alive in Ireland more than in almost any other European country. Pop culture and folk music are mutually beneficial. We Banjo 3 sound unmistakably Irish, but free of clichés: the sound incorporates a refreshing dose of bluegrass, even a bit of Bruce Springsteen and a young Bob Dylan”

, augsburger-allgemeine - Germany

“The other unexpected big hit was the appearance of Merlefest first-timers, We Banjo 3, a quartet from Ireland. I had seen them before and as word spread throughout the fest, their audiences grew exponentially and included a rip-roaring, high energy Friday evening set with Scythian on the Watson Stage. Catch these guys when you can; you will not regret it”

Amos Perrine

No Depression

“Their performance was, by a country mile, the most joyfully barnstorming set of acoustic music I’ve seen and heard in years”

, DecibelRogue.com review of Celtic connections jan '16

“We Banjo 3 embody the rarest of combinations: Skill and chemistry. The crowd was totally absorbed in their show, singing, dancing, clapping and hollering. There wasn’t a soul in the room left unimpressed”

nitelife.ie review of Live at Monroe's Jan '16

“when We Banjo 3 came onstage, the audience woke up. The 2 pairs of brothers vom Ireland did „rock“ the Schlosshof – completely acoustic with fast, forceful tunes, sometimes irish, sometimes american, More joy of playing is nearly impossible!”

, Celtic Rock Magazine review of Black Sheep Festival, july 2015

“WE BANJO 3 HAVE CROSSED BLUEGRASS AND IRISH TRAD INGENIOUSLY…..THEIR PERFORMANCE WAS INCREDIBLY AMAZING, THE BEST CONCERT I SAW LAST YEAR”

SHINYA MATSUYAMA ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE, JAPAN

We banjo 3 seamlessly marry Irish and bluegrass traditions, with virtuoso musicianship on the tenor banjo, alongside mandolin, guitar and Fergal as adept on a bodhran as the fiddle. it was on the instrumentals that the fraternally intuitive quartet really impressed”

, The Scotsman. Review of Celtic Connections 2014

“We Banjo 3 worked wonders mixing traditional Irish sounds with cutting edge banjo-powered bluegrass Americana. Believe me, live they’re as excellent as their acclaimed ‘Gather The Good’ CD suggested”

Nottingham Post Review Gate to Southwell Festival 2015

“We Banjo 3 will sweep the boards in 2013 as the hottest thing in the tradition. Get on board early, as they are a stunning example of current brilliance in trad”

, LiveIreland.com Awards - Best NEw Group

“Two sets of brothers in perfect musical harmony. In all our years, we have never seen a stunning opening like this by a traditional group. The current talk of the business, and rightly so.”

CONCERT OF THE YEAR –WE BANJO 3 – IRISHFEST MILWAUKEE

“We Banjo 3. For openers: They were absolutely the hottest show at this year’s Irish Fest in Milwaukee.”

, Bill Margeson - LiveIreland.com

“Here’s a prediction on which I would be willing to place money: the breakout stars, and crowd favorites, for the 2014 North Texas Irish Festival will be …We Banjo 3!”

Chuck Bloom

Ceili magazine

“Best buzz this year? My vote by far and away for the sheer joy of their performance – and their thrilling musicianship is …the quartet We Banjo 3… ”

, Hunts Post review of Cambridge Folk Festival

“The hottest group in traditional music….stunning”

New Group of the Year & Concert of the Year Winners – liveIreland.com
We Banjo 3 will sweep the boards in 2013 as the hottest thing in the tradition. Get on board early, as they are a stunning example of current brilliance in trad. Every few years there is a massive explosion of a new group on to the scene. This one is occurring right now. Fantastic stuff from young, master musicians.

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