Enda Scahill is from Galway and is one of Ireland’s most renowned banjo players. After cutting his teeth at countless sessions and music festivals during his formative years, he first entered the professional fray back in 2000 with the release of his debut album Pick It Up. This drew the remark from journalist Bill Margeson that “Enda does things on the banjo which should be impossible”.
Enda went on to join the Brock McGuire band and performed and toured with them for ten years, including a landmark album recording in Nashville featuring Bluegrass legends such as Ricky Skaggs and Bryan Sutton. During this time Enda also toured with Frankie Gavin and Stockton’s Wing, and had the privilege to perform with the Chieftains. In 2006, he released Humdinger with Paul Brock which went on to be awarded Irish Times Album of the Year. The record was an exploration of banjo and melodeon music of the 1920’s in America.
In 2011, Enda launched his band We Banjo 3. After winning the much coveted Music Network Young Musicwide Award the group went on to release their debut album Roots of the Banjo Tree. This album went on to receive album of the year awards from the Irish Times, LiveIreland.com and Irish American News. The band quickly garnered a huge reputation, largely for the confusing line up of a band called We Banjo 3 with 4 members and 2 banjos!! Now a major headlining band across the US, We Banjo 3 released their second album Gather The Good in 2014 which received no less than 4 Album of the Year awards from LiveIreland.com, Celtic Connections WSIU, Lonesome Highway RTE Radio 1 and Irish American News.
Enda has written and published two best selling tutorial books on Irish banjo and is considered a leading authority on banjo technique. Mick Moloney said that “Enda is a gifted banjo player blessed with extraordinary technique”.