Win Tickets ($50): We Banjo 3 @ Aladdin Theater | “Celtgrass,” American Roots, Irish

We are giving away a pair of tickets to We Banjo 3 @ Aladdin Theater on February 11. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Friday, February 9.


From our sponsors:
We Banjo 3
February 11, 2018
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $20-$25 | All Ages
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave.. Portland, Oregon 97202

For all the innovation and invention that goes into modern music these days, it’s the inspiration derived from one’s roots that proves the most enduring. So credit Galway, Ireland’s We Banjo 3 for finding common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana by plying their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovation fusion of styles that they dub “Celtgrass.” Four albums in — their latest, String Theory, was released in July of 2016 — the band’s rousing revelry, sheer virtuosity, power, passion and purpose have made them one of the music world’s most celebrated ensembles.

Variously described as “astonishing,” “the Gold Standard of Irish and American Roots music,” and “the Irish Punch Brothers,” they’ve can claim the # 1 position in Billboard’s World Music charts, top honours from IMOR (the Irish Music Rights Organization), solid sales numbers and the distinction of entertaining an American president, an Irish Prime Minister and members of the U.S. Congress at the annual “Friends of Ireland” luncheon on Capitol Hill. Little wonder then that We Banjo 3 is literally taking both sides of the Atlantic by storm, carving a reputation as one of the world’s most imaginative ensembles.

Of course, all results are generally due to the sum of the parts, and the individuals involved here all contribute to the common cause. Made up of two sets of siblings — brothers Edna Scahill (tenor banjo, vocals) and Fergal Scahill (fiddle, viola, dobro, percussion, guitar, mandolin, vocals) and brothers Martin Howley (tenor banjo, mandolin, vocals) and David Howley (lead vocals, guitar), along with Trevor Hutchinson on bass — We Banjo 3 finds a natural symmetry as well as a cohesive chemistry that’s been imbued in the band ever since they were initially drawn to one another by their common creative interests. Inspired by the traditional Irish and Americana music they heard growing up, they placed three banjo players in the mix in the beginning, eventually diversifying their sound while broadening their boundaries as well.

Likewise, the individual members brought a credence that extended well beyond their family connections. Martin is a seven-time all-Ireland banjo champion and the first Irish musician to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Enda has recorded with Ricky Skaggs, the Chieftains and many others, aside from being considered as one of the world’s leading authors and authorities on Irish banjo techniques. Fergal has performed with dozens of artists at home and

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18 Responses to Win Tickets ($50): We Banjo 3 @ Aladdin Theater | “Celtgrass,” American Roots, Irish

  1. AJ February 5, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

    Seven-time all-Ireland banjo champion, you say? I’d love to go.

  2. Leslie February 6, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

    Celtic and bluegrass? Wow! I would totally dig this!

  3. Alyssa February 6, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

    Sounds like fun!

  4. KAREN NELAND February 6, 2018 at 1:08 pm #

    Never heard of such and thing. Adore both, so this out to be GREAT!

  5. Britt February 6, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

    Love me some string music! I have not heard of the band but would love to dance the night away! As I am Irish and obsessed with bluegrass music, this concert is of high interest to me :) :)

  6. Callie February 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

    I love music yay!

  7. Michael Cheaney February 6, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

    Great live band.

  8. Stephanie February 7, 2018 at 5:59 am #

    Music feeds the mind, body and Soul.

  9. Kelsey February 7, 2018 at 8:24 am #

    Perfect for St. Patty’s!

  10. Dave G. February 7, 2018 at 9:11 am #

    Sounds like a wee bit-o-fun!

  11. Steve February 7, 2018 at 11:58 am #

    Sweet tunes in a sweet venue!☘

  12. Elizabeth February 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm #

    Great for that Irish in me! Love this music

  13. Jennifer February 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

    Sounds amazing to take my girlfriend out for a date night!

  14. Aphilavanh February 7, 2018 at 9:24 pm #

    I’ve been waiting to see these guys forever!

  15. Kimberly B. February 8, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

    I’d love to hear them in person because I love their music.

  16. Kathy Rankin February 9, 2018 at 9:04 am #

    I would love to see them in a clean environment unlike the TImberline Music Festival last summer in August when there was awful pollution. I couldn’t even breathe. Yay, they are indoors! I so wanna go. When I saw them at Timberline Lodge, I was so busy working taking photos and video and I didn’t really have time to listen more and enjoy the music. I would like a second chance to see them and not be working.

  17. Apollo February 9, 2018 at 12:40 pm #

    Need to get in touch with my Irish Celtic roots. This would b awesome!

  18. Danielle February 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

    What an awesome combination of awesomeness.

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