Last Fall, while trekking around the Everest region in Nepal I was inspired to design and build a 55th anniversary banjo as a benchmark since I first started building banjos in 1960. The design I ended up using for this instrument is based on traditional Buddhist artwork that I was continually seeing on temples, monasteries, lodges, and even carved into countless granite boulders found along many of the mountain trails I went on.
When we think of the ideal banjo for Irish music, a tenor banjo with a percussive and harmonious “ring” is what comes to mind. It should enable the player to punctuate and drive the melody while keeping in tonal equanimity with the other instruments. “Celtic” open-back tenor banjo with 12″ pot To make this [...]