04 June 2012

Banjos and teachers in the Tipperary region?

Colin Henry reports that at the show on Saturday at Croc an Oir, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary (announced on the BIB on 28 May), he met a 10-year-old enthusiast for the 5-string banjo who is eager to learn but is at present held back by not knowing where to find a banjo teacher or to buy a banjo.

For tuition, Colin recommended the interactive online ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass, where banjo instruction is given by Tony Trischka. However, does any BIB reader know of a banjo player within reach of the Mullinahone area (30 km north-east of Clonmel) who could give instruction if required?

As to buying a banjo: the reputable Gold Tone banjos, from entry level upwards, are now available from several dealers in Ireland; the nearest listed on Gold Tone's website is the Premier Music Store at 58 O'Connell St., Clonmel (052 6129811; e-mail). Again, please suggest any other source in the area that you may know of.

Oh yes, and the show itself - Colin adds:

Incidentally we had a marvellous gig in Croc an Oir. A very appreciative audience, and so we were all playing and singing (even me!) at the top of our game. John and Monika's hospitality was wonderful as usual. I dont need to eat or drink for a week!

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