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: 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 31, 2011 at 23:39
A Clareen Banjo has been Stolen In Dublin!

The Serial No. is CBO69
Spread the word guys & keep yer eyes & ears peeled!

Clareen Banjo Stolen In Dublin!

Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 31, 2011 at 13:51

I'm GREEN with envy today! One of our members, over on the Irish Tenor Banjo website, has just managed to buy a mint condition Paragon Banjo. He's just posted links to some great photos of it too, so read his thread & weep!

Mind you, I suppose it does show that sometimes, dreams really do come true .... the trouble is, it always seems to be My Dream coming true for somebody else! ;-)

Mint Paragon



Comment by Davy Rogers on August 22, 2011 at 16:46

I've written over 30 tunes so far and would welcome feedback and comments. Here they are in ABC format:~



Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 14, 2011 at 17:56

So what is your Banjo worth? ;-)

"Jim Mills who just wrote a book about Mastertone banjos. Of the known ones, he has pictures and the history of each one. When they trade hands, it’s in the neighborhood of a quarter of a million dollars."





Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 8, 2011 at 15:33

Galway - Tonight: Brian McGrath - Banjo & Triona Tammemagi - Fiddle
See: Tunes in the Church


Comment by Dick Glasgow on August 3, 2011 at 19:29

Just spotted this over on

Stolen Banjo: Paramount Style A!

It was taken from a car in a pub car park in Waterford, Ireland, last Friday night.

The serial number of the Paramount Style A is 4175. I am 90% sure of this number. The original armrest was also replaced with a modern chrome one.

It has a Fishman Rare Earth pickup attached and there is a small chip out of edge of the head near the name "Paramount".

The case is lined with dark blue lining and contained a black woven strap, a brass capo and a black DI box.

Any information would be appreciated.

I have had this banjo for over 20 years and is of great sentimental value.

Thank You.



Comment by Dick Glasgow on July 20, 2011 at 19:36

Don't miss this!

Live Trad: John Carty & Arty McGlynn - Friday 29th July!

It looks like Carty'll be on Tenor Banjo & Tenor Guitar that night ... how cool is that? :-)



Comment by Dick Glasgow on July 14, 2011 at 17:29

Great news folks!

Dave Boyle now has his own website!

Go check it out at: Dave Boyle Banjos

Cheers, Dick

Comment by Brian Clancy on July 14, 2011 at 9:15
Thanks i tried dat before but couldnt find the notes
Comment by Dick Glasgow on July 13, 2011 at 22:38

Brian, have you checked out the info on this thread: Old Lisa Jane




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