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Dan Walsh

Nominated for best musician the 2016 BBC Folk Awards, Dan Walsh combines 'virtuoso playing and winning songwriting' (MORNING STAR). Describing what Dan does is no easy task but at the heart of it is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves - all performed with his unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument.

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Redefining What A Banjo Can Do

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 8, 2017 12:27:07 PM / by Dan Walsh posted in Learning Banjo

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The first most common question I get asked when people learn of my chosen instrument is 'why the banjo?' This is a question I have answered many times but perhaps more interesting is the third most common question I get asked (it comes right after the one about tenor or five string) – do you play clawhammer or bluegrass?

It's usually worded that way and it's the use of the word bluegrass that interests me. The overwhelming assumption, not unreasonable I might add but interesting, is that I must play old time clawhammer or three-finger style bluegrass. This is not in any way a claim that no banjo players go against that of course, far from it. The likes of Bela Fleck, Ken Perlman or Michael J Miles (and many others) have all experimented greatly with the banjo but perhaps most strikingly all three of those players had to make quite a conscious decision to deviate from the 'usual' path of their respective playing styles having very much begun within them.

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