Kieran Hanrahan: Tenor Banjo ~ All Ireland Fleadh 1977!
This is a live recording, with a cheap Cassette Recorder, of Kieran Hanrahan playing his 4 tunes at the Over 18 Tenor Banjo competition, at the All Ireland Fleadh in Ennis in 1977.
Having just taken up ye olde Banjo, my main reason for going to the Fleadh that year, was to hear & see the senior competition. Imagine my horror then, when I arrived at the large outbuilding where it was taking place, to be turned away at the door because the hall was full! Almost in tears I started walking around the building, hoping to perhaps find a window to at least be able to hear some of it. Coming round the gable end, the ground rose up & smack bang in the middle was a large window which was wide open, as it was a warm day, so I sat down, only feet from the judges & looked in & down on the whole competition. In fact, apart from the judges, I ended up having the best seat that day, because of course I was actually facing all the competitors, while everyone else inside the hall could only see their backs. … Talk about clouds & silver linings!
I hope you enjoy this little piece of Irish Tenor Banjo history. :-)
Were any other Session members there that day?