Irish Band We Banjo 3 to Perform "Live from Ireland" Digital Concert
Renowned for their unique blend of traditional Irish and authentic Americana genres as well as their beautiful harmonies, Irish quartet We Banjo 3 will host a new virtual concert, We Banjo 3: Live From Ireland, on Saturday, March 13, at 2 PM PST. Streaming live, in real-time, from the Pearse Lyons Distillery in Dublin, all four We Banjo 3 band members will be together and performing live on stage for the first time since the pandemic shut down concerts exactly one year ago.
Debuting in the United States in 2012, the Galway, Ireland, and Nashville-based quartet—composed of two sets of brothers, Enda and Fergal Scahill and Martin and David Howley—continually pushes musical boundaries while maintaining an unwavering devotion to the essential audience experience. We Banjo 3 seamlessly converges the shared and varied traditions of Americana, bluegrass, and Celtic music with pop-sensible songcraft to create a truly unique and gratifying signature sound. Brilliantly commanded instruments—banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and percussion—effortlessly elevate lead singer David Howley’s propulsive voice. Recent performances have included festivals such as Merlefest, BottleRock, Summercamp, ROMP, Wintergrass, and others.
We Banjo 3 released their sixth album, Roots to Rise Live, in July 2019 in conjunction with the band’s summer and fall 2019 American tours. Recorded at The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI, the album features a mix of original material, traditional compositions, select cover songs, and two previously unreleased tunes. The album debuted at the beginning of August at number 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Chart spending four weeks in the peak position. The band’s 2018 studio recording, Haven, spent three weeks at number 1 on that chart, marking the first time an Irish band held the position on this chart. When Haven re-entered the chart at #5 in August 2019, joining Roots to Rise Live at the #1 position, We Banjo 3 made history again as the only Irish band to hold two top-five chart positions simultaneously.
We Banjo 3 is committed to giving back to the community and raising awareness around the issue of mental health, a cause that is dear to the band members’ hearts. Toward this effort, We Banjo 3 donates $2 for every t-shirt and album sold on their American tours to organizations that work to provide mental health resources. In 2019 We Banjo 3 raised $7,500 for Mental Health America, the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the mental health of all Americans. In 2020 We Banjo 3 partnered with start-up not-for-profit Backline. Backline works to support the mental health of music industry professionals and their families by providing streamlined access to mental health and wellness services and educational resources specific to the work and lifestyle of the music industry community.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University. For additional information about the concert, and to purchase tickets, visit the Center for the Arts website.