Billy Faier

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Billy Faier
Born (1930-12-21) December 21, 1930 (age 84)
Origin Brooklyn, New York City
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Banjo, guitar
Labels Riverside, Takoma
Associated acts John Sebastian, The Doodlin' Hogwallops

Billy Faier is an American banjo player. He, along with Pete Seeger, was one of the early exponents of the banjo during the mid-20th-century American folk music revival.

Born in Brooklyn, New York,[1] he moved with his family to Woodstock, New York in 1945,[2] and now resides in Marathon, Texas. Active in the Washington Square Park folk scene in Greenwich Village from the late 1940s, he recorded two albums for Riverside Records, The Art of the Five-String Banjo (1957) and Travelin' Man (1958).[3] In 1973, he recorded Banjo for John Fahey's Takoma label.

Selected discography[edit]

In 2009, Faier decided to make much of his out of print and unreleased material available on his website.

  • The Art of the Five-String Banjo (1957 – with Frank Hamilton)
  • Travelin' Man (1958)
  • The Beast of Billy Faier (1964 – with John Sebastian)
  • Banjo (1973)
  • Banjos, Birdsong and Mother Earth (1987 – with John Sebastian and Gilles Malkine)


  1. ^ "Billy Faier – The Five String Banjo". August 7, 2006. Archived from the original on November 11, 2007. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  2. ^ "Billy Faier – The Five String Banjo". December 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  3. ^ "Billy Faier Discography". January 31, 2004-01-31. Retrieved 2009-12-19.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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