Irish Times Traditional Album of the Year
"ROOTS OF THE BANJO TREE IS AN ABSOLUTE GEM OF AN ALBUM....5 Stars"
GEOFF WALLIS, SONGLINES MAGAZINE
"THE IRISH-AMERICAN CROSSOVER HAS BEEN ATTEMPTED BEFORE, BUT NEVER SO GLORIOUSLY OTT AND WITH SUCH PANACHE....MUSICALLY VIRTUOSIC, WE BANJO 3 HIT THEIR BULLS-EYES WITH PRECISION AND MAXIMUM EFFECT - STAGGERING"
JOHN O'REGAN, FROOTS MAGAZINE
“The wondrous weave of Enda Scahill’s banjo with those of brothers Martin and David Howley, along with the trio’s other tight-knit instrumentation and David’s uniquely expressive vocals, makes We Banjo 3’s Roots of the Banjo Tree one of the most impressive debut recordings in several years. These ultra-talented Irish performers deliver hallowed musical traditions from Ireland and America with a freshness and finesse bordering on magical.”
Earle Hitchner, Music Writer, The Wall Street Journal
"Roots of the Banjo Tree is filled with absolutely virtuosic banjo playing. Scahill and the Howleys are technically sophisticated and stylistically adventuresome in a way rarely heard in Irish music........the final tune bursts in with an intricate neotrad arrangement that features some seriously pyrotechnic playing."
Daniel Neely, The Irish Echo, August 16th 2012
"This beautifully crafted CD showcases a talented trio that combine virtuosity, class, energy and an indefinable magical element that makes We Banjo 3 and Roots of the Banjo Tree an unmissable experience."
Carl Corcoran, Presenter, The Blue of the Night RTE Lyric fm
"An invigorating and magical exploration......a banjo-inspired album has never sounded so good, so pleasing to the ear or so inventive in its approach."
Tony Lawless on Tradconnect.com
"This CD will hopefully one day be considered on a par (in folk music terms) with say the first time you heard Steeleye Span or Fairport Convention"
Read the full review of the album by Pete Fyfe on ukfolkmusic.co.uk here
This brilliant new recording traces the fascinating journey of banjo music from the cottonfields of America to Black-Faced Minstrels to the roaring 20’s in New York to Appalachian Old Time, Bluegrass and modern traditional Irish music.
The album has been described as “Banjo Awesomeness3” by Ross Holmes of Mumford & Sons, and Bill Margeson of Irish American News said “We Banjo 3 are terrific. There really isn’t a better way to say it. Wonderful musicianship of the first order. Best of all, they are different.”
Seamlessly blending technical wizardry with the soul of roots music featuring tenor banjo, mandolin, guitar and vocals, and with guest artists Fergal Scahill, Gerry O’Connor, Louise Holden,
James Blennerhassett and Leon Hunt, Roots of the Banjo Tree is Irish and Americana at its stunning best.
Bill Cheatum/Kitchen Girl/Donegal Lass