Folk icon, Pete Seeger, has received the stamp of approval from the United States Postal…
A four-time winner of the All-Ireland Championship, Enda Scahill is one quarter of We Banjo 3 along with his brother Fergal and the Howley siblings, Martin and David. The band’s repertoire includes Irish traditional, along with old time and bluegrass. The band won the RTE Radio 1 Folk Award for Best Album in 2018 for Haven. Enda is the author of The Irish Banjo Tutor Vol. I and II, provides online music tuition and also hosts the Inside the Banjoverse podcast.
Bill Evans is not only a highly accomplished performer and teacher, he is also deeply knowledgeable about the development of the instrument and its players; His DVD, The Banjo in America, released earlier this year, outlines the evolution of the instrument from the 1780s to the present. Evans has also written the best-selling Banjo for Dummies as well as a number of banjo playing manuals.
“We are proud to honor all of the multitudes of banjo styles,” Martin said in a press release announcing the winners. “So many great artists, so little time.”
Now in its twelfth year, the Steve Martin Banjo Prize is administered by representatives of the Steve Martin Charitable Foundation, the FreshGrass Foundation and Compass Records Group. Originally established to honour bluegrass and old-time players, the scope of the prize has expanded to include all genres of 5-string and 4-string banjo playing. As well as Martin, himself, the judging panel this year also included Béla Fleck, Alison Brown and Dom Flemons.
Previous Irish-based winners have included Gerry O’Connor in 2020 and Rhiannon Giddens in 2016