WE BANJO 3, a virtuosic, innovative quartet from Galway, Ireland, will be the special guests with THE IRISH ROVERS at Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, WA on Sunday, Feb. 26.
We Banjo 3 blend traditional Irish Music with Americana and Bluegrass affectionately described as “Celtgrass.” Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion, We Banjo 3 includes two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley. Collectively they are among the most celebrated and distinguished musicians in Ireland today and considered one of the best live bands in the country. The Galway Advertiser recently named them “Galway Band Of The Year 2016.”
The band is so revered in Ireland that in March of 2016, We Banjo 3 was selected to perform at the annual “Friends of Ireland” luncheon on Capital Hill. President Barack Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny were all in attendance.
We Banjo 3 released their fourth album, String Theory, in the summer of 2016 to coincide with their U.S. summer and fall tours. The CD received rave reviews, with Elmore Magazine saying, “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.” The 12 tracks, half of them instrumentals, seamlessly blend traditional and original songs-some new and some ancient-redefining the boundaries of tradition and in the process, transcending genre and showcasing the technical talent of these players. From the deliciously infectious “Happiness,” to the pyrotechnical mastery of “Kentucky Grind” and the powerful emotive “This is Home,” String Theory is an exploration of the timeless interaction of Irish and American music; Ireland entwined with the Appalachian Hills.
String Theory went to # 1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart on August 20, 2016.
We Banjo 3 tours year-round, including stints in Japan, Europe and Australia. The band’s current U.S. tour wraps up with a two night stint at The Ark in Ann Arbor on March 19th.