Banjaxed

Banjaxed

BandFolk

Three of the most celebrated Irish banjo players, Enda Scahill, Marcus Moloney & Angelina Carberry join the UK's best-known 5-string banjo player, Leon Hunt & are backed by ‘possibly the UK's greatest rhythm section’ John Joe Kelly & Ed Boyd, to make one of the most exciting new Irish bands around.

Biography

The members of BANJAXED! first appeared in August 2008 to play a collaboration gig put together by Glór Irish Music Centre in Ennis Co. Clare. Such was the overwhelming reaction of the audience; this one-off project became a band and has in the short time since its inception found itself in much demand!

The hallmarks of BANJAXED! live in concert are; excitement, delicacy, accuracy and adventure. The members of this group individually possess fiery technical brilliance but collectively display a virtuosity that surpasses mere technique and moves towards the sublime.

Featuring four duelling banjoists alongside what is often described as the “dream team” of accompaniment, the foundation of the music of BANJAXED! lies strongly within the Irish tradition but their repertoire also includes exciting arrangements of Bluegrass and American Old Timey traditions.

Their individual biogs are inspiringly impressive. Enda Scahill comes from a very musical family from in East Galway in the West of Ireland and has long established himself as one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish banjo playing. He has been a member of The Brock McGuire Band since its inception in 2001, has performed with several other bands including the Furey Brothers and The Frankie Gavin Band. Irish American News in Chicago said “Enda does things on the banjo which should be impossible”.

Marcus Maloney from Cappamore, Limerick again in the West of Ireland and hails from another family steeped in traditional Irish music. Marcus has played all over the world, with various different bands and has also guested on several albums. He is held in high esteem for his distinctive style, both percussive and improvisational, and also for his dexterity on the instrument.

Leon Hunt is deservedly the UK's best-known 5-string banjo player. A former student of American banjo virtuoso, Bela Fleck, he is renowned for pushing the banjo's traditional boundaries and experimenting with techniques. His music effortlessly spans several musical disciplines. Guitarist Magazine said "Leon Hunt is to banjo playing what Nickel Creek's Chris Thile is to mandolin”.

Angelina Carberry was born in Manchester, into a County Longford family steeped in traditional music for generations. Her unmistakable and captivating sound is at times dark and earthy and at other times light-handed and deft. You can be guaranteed, at all times however, it is always deadly accurate with a deeply grounded rhythm, and a momentum in her playing that is measured and unstoppable.

Ed Boyd is one of the most sought-after guitarists on the folk music scene today, both in the UK and in Ireland. Brought up on jazz and classical music in Bath, his playing has been a major force behind the success of the mighty Flook with whom he has played for the past 10 years. He is also a member of Michael McGoldrick's big band, and he has toured with Sharon Shannon and The Bumblebees.

John Joe Kelly, also a member of Flook and Mike McGoldrick bands is from Manchester and started playing percussion at a very young age. His style is unique with his deep rhythms and funky variations. He has worked with many of Irelands most well known artists including Altan & Paul Brady. His playing has become legendary throughout the traditional scene. In recent years he has been involved in many world music collaborative projects. On this stage he has performed alongside some of the best percussionists in the world such as Zakir Hussain and Adam Rudolph.

Together these six musicians create one of the most exciting sounds to come out of Ireland in recent times.

Discography

Individually the members of BANJAXED! have recorded a huge number of cds including:

Enda Scahill:
“Humdinger” (with Paul Brock)
“Pick It Up” (solo album)
“Brock McGuire Band”

Angelina Carberry:
“Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn”
“Memories from the Holla” (with Peter Carberry and John Blake)
“An Tradisúin Beo” (solo album)

Leon Hunt :
"Miles Apart" (solo album)
"To Kill A Mockingbird" (with Josh Clark)
"The Big Scoop" (with Daily Planet)
"Clark's Secret" (with Daily Planet)
"Small Town" (with Southern Exposure)
"Raw Material" (with Southern Exposure)

Ed Boyd and John-Joe Kelly recordings:
“Haven” (with Flook)
“Rubai” (with Flook)
“Flatfish” (with Flook)
“Fused” (with Michael McGoldrick Band)
“Wired” (with Michael McGoldrick Band)

Set List

Banjaxed!'s typical set-list consists of a blend of mainly Irish traditional music but with a healthy sprinkling of American Old Timey and Bluegrass tunes aswell. The band normally does 2 halves of roughly 45-50mins each or 1hr-20mins straight through if there is a support.