We Banjo 3 - 10pm - 3/1/19Friday, March 01 2019 9:30 PM Doors / 10:00 PM Start / Ends 11:45 PM (ESTIMATED ENDING TIME)
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We Banjo 3 - 10pm - 3/1/19
at City Winery Chicago
- 9:30 PM
- 10:00 PM
- 11:45 PM (ESTIMATED ENDING TIME)
We Banjo 3’s fifth album, Haven, released in July of 2018 has resulted in a stratospheric catapulting of a band already surrounded in critical acclaim and renowned for their irrepressible and ever-growing legion of fans.
Following on from their three previous acclaimed studio albums --String Theory (2016), Gather the Good, (2014) and Roots of the Banjo Tree (2012)--the power of Haven relates to the band’s sublime fusion of Irish and American roots music, while continuing to grant audiences an encounter with the most authentic of traditional sounds. In the eight years since their formation in the city of Galway on the rugged west coast of Ireland, We Banjo 3 have garnered multiple awards and accolades as diverse as Billboard World #1 to Irish Times “Album of the Year” to Songlines Magazine “Top of the World” award. The band has played for U.S. and Irish Presidents, members of Congress and multiple ambassadors Europe-wide, as well as performing live to over 400,000 people annually across a multitude of Irish, Folk and Roots festivals in the US. Variously described as “The Irish Punch Brothers” and “transcending even the best superlatives”, the band has now evolved into an astonishing song-writing unit, one whose latest album achieves a new gold standard for the combined powers of banjo, fiddle and guitar.
One suspects it was not enough for the band to have become a touring phenomenon, the pride of their home country, in demand across Europe and in Asia and the toast of every single roots festival of note across the US. We Banjo 3 are now targeting the national airwaves, with their forthcoming single ‘Haven’ a kind of once-in-a-decade calling card of melody and heart.
The We Banjo 3 personnel constitute a veritable embarrassment of creative riches. Martin Howley (tenor banjo, mandolin, vocals) is a seven-time all-Ireland banjo champion, and a performer of unique energies, who holds the distinction of being the first Irish musician to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Enda Scahill (tenor banjo, vocals) a widely renowned master of Irish banjo, has recorded with Ricky Skaggs, the Chieftains and many others; he is also an author widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading authorities on Irish banjo techniques. Fergal Scahill (fiddle, percussion, vocals) who enjoys an iconic standing in Ireland for both fiddle and bodhran, is also a tireless collaborator whose many musical projects have left a harmonious international footprint. David Howley (lead vocals, guitar) is a front man of extraordinary presence and emotive range.
We Banjo 3’s new record is a huge leap forward in the band’s musical development. Completely self-penned, and written in the midst of a huge Atlantic winter storm in Ireland, Haven charts the course of the band’s live experience, providing a safe, fun-fuelled space for people to relax and enjoy great music. Tracks such as “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Light in the Sk”y and “Hold Onto Your Soul” tell the band’s story of the power of love and hope in the face of life’s adversities. “War of Love” is a bittersweet love song about attending your ex’s wedding and features Grammy nominated Sierra Hull on vocals. The instrumental tracks once again underscore the melodic genius and technical wizardry of these multi-talented musicians.
This is We Banjo 3 at full flow, in total control, at the height of their prowess, with a finely tuned message about love, acceptance, peace and kindness, and an album of questing lyrical talent in pursuit of universal truth.