12 October 2015

O'Carolan on the 5-string - new book by Tom Hanway

Thanks to Bluegrass Today for the news that Tom Hanway's book 20 O'Carolan Irish classics for 5-string banjo and all instruments has been published by Mel Bay. The book costs $19.99 with online audio - $5.00 less if you choose the e-book format.

Tom has been resident in Ireland for over ten years now, but long before taking up residence he had pioneered the setting of Celtic music for the 5-string banjo, and this is his fourth book in the field to be published by Mel Bay. As John Lawless observes on Bluegrass Today:

Modern grassers may appreciate the fact that O’Carolan himself generated much dispute during his life from early aficionados of Irish folk music for his expanding the style to include new sounds and harmony.

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