SFMS Online: We Banjo 3
Saturday, March 13, 2021 Live-streamed Concert 5 pm Eastern
About This Event:
"It’s as if the Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas and the Chieftains all got together for a battle of the bands but decided to pool their resources instead." —Elmore Magazine
For We Banjo 3’s next epic virtual experience, all four band members will be TOGETHER & PERFORMING LIVE ON STAGE for the first time since the pandemic shut down concerts exactly one year ago. WOOT!
This will be a FULL CONCERT, streaming live from the stunning Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin, Ireland, for a large virtual audience including viewers from SFMS and several other venues.
We Banjo 3 is one of the best live acts to come out of Ireland in recent years. With a seven-time all Ireland banjo champ, a four-time banjo champ, and another member who is an all Ireland champ on both fiddle and bodhrán — and boasting superb four-part harmonies as well — they have not surprisingly taken the North American Celtic and Bluegrass worlds by storm.
"Their blend of Celtic and Bluegrass with dashes of folk-pop and country is perfectly suited for the Americana scene..." —AXS
WB3 has headlined virtually every major US Celtic fest, as well as many performing art centers, for several years in a row. In recent years they rapidly gained favor in the Bluegrass and Americana world as evidenced by their return invites to Merlefest, ROMP Fest, Sisters Folk Fest, Old Settlers Fest, Four Corners Fest and others.
We Banjo 3's sixth CD, Roots To Rise Live, features a mix of original material, traditional compositions, select cover songs, and two previously unreleased tunes. The CD debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Chart in early August 2019, spending 4 weeks in the peak position.
The band’s 2018 studio recording, Haven, spent 3 weeks at #1 on that chart, marking the first time an Irish band held the #1 position on this chart. When Haven re-entered the chart at #5 in August 2019, joining Roots To Rise Live at the #1 position, WB3 made history again as the only Irish band to hold two top-5 positions on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Chart simultaneously.
Of Roots To Rise Live, Songlines Magazine reviewed “...this album by Celtgrass pioneers We Banjo 3 scorches its way through a rollercoaster set colliding their native Galway heritage with liberal helpings of blistering bluegrass and a telling nod to pop music.”