The Irish Tenor Banjo!


The Irish Tenor Banjo!

Let's face it, Banjo players need somewhere they can feel safe . & this is it!

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: Aug 19, 2019

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

Looking for Lessons in Ireland

Started by Patrick Spencer Oct 31, 2018. 0 Replies

I'll be in Ireland in March 2019 and I'm looking to get a few tenor banjo lessons. I'm willing to travel, so no County is too far. I'm just a beginner, so I'm looking for help with all aspects of my…Continue

What Tenor Banjos do you play?

Started by Dick Glasgow. Last reply by Alan Jones Feb 6, 2018. 71 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

What Strings do you use?

Started by Dick Glasgow. Last reply by Bruce Barton Jul 7, 2015. 10 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

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

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Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 24, 2016 at 7:15

This is a live recording, with a cheap Cassette Recorder, of Kieran Hanrahan playing his 4 tunes at the Over 18 Tenor Banjo competition at the All Ireland Fleadh in Ennis, in 1977. ... & yes, he Won!

Kieran Hanrahan ~ All Ireland Fleadh 1977!

Comment by Lanny Fields on December 14, 2015 at 14:24

"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?"

Three things:

1) Concentrate on your "down-up-down" pickstrokes, etc.  What notes should be downstrokes vs. upstrokes with the pick and be diligent in duplicating this.  Once you know how it should be done then you can purposefully break the rules, but don't do it out of ignorance.

2) Really think about your fingering technique through difficult sections of tunes.  The longer scale length of the banjo makes reaching for that high B a bit more challenging than on a fiddle or mandolin and that can present problems. Sometimes there are more efficient (or less efficient) routes through tunes like Musical Priest, for example, and fine tuning and clearly understanding the route rather than glazing over it will help.

3). Relax. Never be tense. Always make sure that your posture, attitude, grip, fretting is as natural as can be.  You want your subliminal mind to think that when you are holding your instrument it is the greatest thing in the world. Playing should be fun. Not a chore.  That said, there are ways to practice technique/scales etc. while keeping it fun.

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.




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