We Banjo 3 Further Cement Their Place As Trans-Atlantic String Band Troubadours With New Album "Open The Road"

Article Contributed by IVPR | Published on Friday, July 15, 2022

Brothers Enda & Fergal Scahill and David & Martin Howley–collectively known as Galway-based quartet We Banjo 3—are a decade dedicated to their music, fans, and to their unique craft of bridging the gap between the traditions of Irish and American folk music; a straddling act that few dare attempt and even fewer accomplish. Today, We Banjo 3 released an entirely new collection of songs into the world with their album Open The Road. Meeting on the corner of complex-but-nimble instrumentation and magnetic, well-crafted songs, Open The Road finds the Scahills and Howleys seamlessly combining the virtuosity and precision that both genres demand; whether the Atlantic falls to the east or west of them at any given time, We Banjo 3 preserve the intoxicating energy that’s brought them fans from the world over via their electric stage show and recording studio prowess.

Fans and critics alike have already weighed in on just how much they like We Banjo 3’s latest offering, including NPR, who praised their single “Gift Of Life,” calling it “a soulful meditation on self-discovery, augmented by the tune's innovative combination of instruments.” In their album review, Twangville wrote “Open The Road showcases [We Banjo 3’s] musical mastery,” and Americana UK said that Open The Road is “An absolute pleasure to have on repeat in the car.” JamBase premiered “Gift Of Life” and No Depression called the single “a gem of a song” in their review. In an interview with the band, DittyTV praised Open The Road as “A gorgeous new studio album” from We Banjo 3.

Fans can now stream or purchase Open The Road right here. We Banjo 3 will continue their summer tour this weekend at the legendary Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, New York. A full list of tour dates can be found below or at webanjo3.com/tour.

Lastly, don’t miss the premiere of their new video “The Making of Open The Road,” on Friday, July 22 @ 11am PT / 7pm GMT, where the band will join fans on YouTube Live and celebrate 10 years of We Banjo 3.

Open The Road Tracklist:


Garden Song

Long Way Down

Heart In Hand

Open The Road


Gift Of Life

The First Second Gentleman

Alive With You

Believe In Us

Catch We Banjo 3 On Tour:

July 16 - Oak Hill, NY - Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival 2022

July 19 - Rockport, MA - Shalin Liu Performance Center

July 20 - Natick, MA - Center For Arts In Natick

July 29 - Ventura, CA - Ventura Music Festival 2022

July 30 - Denver, CO - Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

July 31 - Lyons, CO - RockyGrass Festival 2022

Aug. 1 - Crested Butte, CO - Center for the Arts Crested Butte

Aug. 3 - Portsmouth, OH - Vern Riffe Center for the Arts

Aug. 5-7 - Dublin, OH - Dublin Irish Fest 2022

Aug. 9-10 - Bethlehem, PA - MUSIKFEST

Aug. 12 - St. Paul, MN - Irish Fair of Minnesota 2022

Aug. 13 - La Crosse, WI - IrishFest La Crosse 2022

Aug. 14 - St. Paul, MN - Irish Fair of Minnesota 2022

AUG 19 - 21 - Milwaukee, WI - Milwaukee Irish Fest

Sept. 2-4 - Kansas City, MO - Kansas City Irish Festival 2022

Oct. 21 - Frederick, MD - Weinberg Center For The Arts

Oct. 22 - Manteo, NC - Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

2023 (Rescheduled) Tour Dates:

Jan. 27 - Sacramento, CA - The Sofia

Jan. 29 - Berkeley, CA - Freight & Salvage

Feb. 1 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater

Feb. 2 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre

Feb. 3 - Wickenburg, AZ - Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts

Feb. 4 - Chandler, AZ - Chandler Center for the Arts