Deck the Halls with lots of banjos

We Banjo 3What’s more Christmasy than a bunch of banjos? Isn’t the first thought in your mind when December rolls around?

Well Irish folk band We Banjo 3, who developed their name from three members of the four being given to pick the old banjo, certainly are thinking about the venerable instrument this holiday season. They have released a holiday single with proceeds donated to Cancer Care West, a charity in Galway that seeks to provide residence assistance and various forms of support for those undergoing cancer treatment at Galway Hospital.

The single is called Deck The Halls with Lots of Banjos, and is their arrangement of the familiar carol with healthy doses of both plectrum and bluegrass banjo. Things get started with a fairly traditional treatment of the melody, but before long they are in to a swingy Celtic romp.

The full track can be heard at the Irish Traditional Music Archive online. If you like it, you might consider a $.99 purchase for the sake of great music and the folks suffering from cancer in the west of Ireland.

The single can be purchased worldwide through CD Baby and iTunes.

Gather The Good, the band’s current album, can also be found from various digital resellers.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.