What are the "Old" and "New" styles of Irish Tenor Banjo?
Howdy all, long time lurker, first time poster-
I’ve read several mentions online of an "old" and a "new" style of playing the Irish tenor banjo- I can’t find exactly where right now, but I remember one place was in reference to Charlie Piggott’s work in the early incarnations of De Dannan as that of an old style player. Piggott on the banjo-
I was wondering if there is an established/accepted paradigm shift of some sort in the history of the instrument (besides the popularizations of it by American-based players in the 1920s and later with Barney McKenna in the 1960s).
I’ve been playing for a few years and am always trying to expand my perception of what has changed about my instrument over it’s relatively short history in ITM. I’ve read the article by Don Meade and a few other things, but I’m always trying to fill in the gaps. I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts!