Billy Faier

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Billy Faier
Born (1930-12-21)December 21, 1930
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Died January 29, 2016(2016-01-29) (aged 85)
Alpine, Texas, U.S,
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Banjo, guitar
Labels Riverside, Takoma
Associated acts John Sebastian, The Doodlin' Hogwallops

Billy Faier (December 21, 1930 – January 29, 2016) was 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 later lived 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.

He died in Alpine, Texas, in 2016, aged 85.[4]

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. Archived from the original on January 24, 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  3. ^ "Billy Faier Discography". January 31, 2004. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  4. ^ Stefan Wirz, Illustrated Billy Faier Discography. Retrieved 31 January 2016

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