The Irish Tenor Banjo!


The Irish Tenor Banjo!

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You can discuss your favourite: Instruments; Players; Tunes; Playing Styles & post links to their favourite Banjo videos, events & classes..

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Latest Activity: Mar 13

40 Players of the Irish Tenor Banjo!

Of course there is not, nor never could be, a Best Player, but my own personal favourite player is John Carty, but there are so many different styles used in the playing of the Tenor Banjo in Irish music, that everyone has their own favourite.

So here's a list of some of the most popular Tenor Banjo players today, with links to a video of their playing, so perhaps they can help you decide who your favourite player is.

Of course there are lots more, so if you'd like to see your own favourite player's video, or indeed your own video added to this list, then just post the link & details in the Comments Box below & I'll be happy to add it.



P.S. Don't forget to check out our 96 Irish Tenor Banjo Links!

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Chris Black

Dan Burke


Angelina Carberry

John Carlos

John Carty

Dave Cory

 Éamonn Coyne


Christy Dunne

Stevie Dunne


Seamus Egan


Liam Farrell


Dick Glasgow

Brona Graham

Kevin Griffin


Kieran Hanrahan

Cathal Hayden

Alan Hopkins




Des Kelliher

Darragh Carey Kennedy



Jill McAuley

Padraig McDonnacha

Brian McGrath

Barney McKenna

David McNevin

Darren Maloney

Dave Marshall

Mark Mohan

Mick Moloney



Gerry O'Connor

Mick O'Connor

Fergal O'Hanlon

Damien O'Kane

Josh O'Loughlin

Eoin O'Meachair

Mike O'Sullivan


Gary Peterson



Brendan Redmond

Alan Reid


Brian Scahill

Enda Scahill








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Video #1: Tom Cussen

Video #2: Barney McKenna's Banjo Band!

Video #3: Kevin Griffin, Kieran Hehir, Dessie Kelliher, Karol Lynch, Marcus Moloney & Brian Mooney.

Video #4: Barney McKenna, Gerry O'Connor, Martin Murray, Eoin O'Meacher, Ted Kelly, Eamonn Coyne, Padraig Drew, and Pat Good.

Discussion Forum

What Tenor Banjos do you play?

Started by Dick Glasgow. Last reply by Timothy Ross Mar 13. 60 Replies

For fun, I thought we might start a list, to see which are the most popular makes & models of Tenor Banjo, to be owned & played, amongst our members here.As you post your replies, I'll add…Continue

JP Banjos in England

Started by Bill Troxler. Last reply by Bill Troxler Jul 26, 2013. 4 Replies

Does anyone have any experience with tenor banjos made by JP Banjos in Liverpool, England?The workmanship looks great.   These are custom made, open back  instruments.…Continue

What Strings do you use?

Started by Dick Glasgow. Last reply by alan Dec 3, 2012. 9 Replies

A commonly asked question is - what make of strings do you use & what guages do you prefer. So here's an opportunity to tell folks what works for you. Please let us know whether you play a 17…Continue

Dave Boyle Banjo for Sale!

Started by Dick Glasgow Apr 9, 2012. 0 Replies

One of our members, over on The Irish Tenor Banjo, is selling his Banjo.Cheers,Dick…Continue

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Comment by Dave Reynolds on December 27, 2014 at 0:18

I started learning banjo this past September. I have a question for those of you who have been working at it for a longer timer. Have you developed any bad habits that you wish you had caught when you were starting to play? What sage advice would you want to share with a beginner?

Comment by gl on December 12, 2014 at 16:15

has the irishtenorbanjo site been shut down?

Comment by Bill Troxler on October 30, 2013 at 0:56

Here's a youtube of the JP Banjo.  The link in the previous post doesn't work.

JP Tenor Banjo

Comment by Bill Troxler on October 29, 2013 at 22:24

The JP Tenor Banjo has been in my hands a couple of months.  I finally had time to make a recording. The tunes are:  Wheat Sheaf – Price of My Pig – Tatter Jack – I Buried My Wife and Danced on Her Grave.   Hope you enjoy the sound file.JP%20JP%20Banjo%20Honduran%20Rosewood.JPG

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The recording was made with stainless steel, medium guage strings.  The gauges are:  14 – 24 – 32 – 42.  The lowest three strings are wound.  Jim uses bronze strings and a lighter gauge.  I prefer a heavier gauge.

I REALLY love this instrument.  Great feel.  Great sound.  Great look.  Jim Patton is a master luthier.

Visit Jim’s website for information about the banjo
JP Tenor Banjo Sample

Comment by Dick Glasgow on April 11, 2013 at 16:44

The Irish Tenor Banjo website now has 1,000 Members!

Mind you, with all those long range missiles around now, it's perhaps tempting fate to have so many Banjo players in the one place! :-)



Comment by Dick Glasgow on December 26, 2012 at 21:21

The Irish Tenor Banjo website now has 900 Members!


Comment by Dick Glasgow on October 15, 2012 at 9:54

I played my Rosewood Paragon in Derrygonnelly at the weekend, at the Eddie Duffy & Mick Hoy Festival, in Co. Fermanagh.

Interesting to see how cool a Banjo can look, in a B & W photo? ;-)

Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 15, 2012 at 10:22

Here's a great wee video of a street session at the 1986 Ballycastle Fleadh, with Brian McGrath on Banjo.



Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 11, 2012 at 18:29

My Paragon, taking a wee break, at the session up here in Ballycastle, last night.



Comment by Dick Glasgow on July 14, 2012 at 12:42

We had a surprise visit from Nigel Boullier at our session last night. One of Ireland's finest Banjo players. He plays a Paragon ..... of course! :-)

Nigel and Diana Boullier - Opera Reel - Walsh's Reel, 1996


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