Gerry O'Connor (banjo player)

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Gerry O'Connor
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Gerry O'Connor 2014
Background information
Origin Portroe, County Tipperary, Ireland
Genres Irish folk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Tenor banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar
Years active 1980s–present
Associated acts Four Men and a Dog, The Dubliners, The Dublin Legends

Gerry O'Connor (born in Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland) is a traditional tenor banjo player. As Earl Hitchener (music critic for the Wall Street Journal) said, Gerry O'Connor can be considered at the moment "the single best four string banjoist in the history of Irish Music".[1] He also plays mandolin, fiddle, guitar and tenor guitar.

O'Connor released four solo albums and his third one, titled No Place Like Home was named by Irish Times as Number 1 Traditional/Folk album of the year in 2004. After the sudden death of banjo player Barney McKenna on 5 April 2012, he entered The Dubliners to complete the planned tour, until the final shows at Vicar Street in Dublin, on 28/29/30 December. Barney McKenna himself said, about Gerry O'Connor: "He's my best pupil ever".[2] Together with Eamonn Campbell, Patsy Watchorn and Seán Cannon, Gerry O'Connor plans to keep on touring in 2013 as The Dublin Legends.

In addition to his solo performances and recordings, O'Connor is a member of Four Men and a Dog. He also worked on Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance soundtrack and guested over the years with many famous Irish artists such as The Waterboys, Mary Black, Arcady, Moya Brennan, Luka Bloom, Sharon Shannon and performed for US President Bill Clinton in Belfast during his historic visit to Ireland. More recently he has guested on Christy Moore's new album Folk Tale from 2011.

O'Connor mainly plays CGDA tuned tenor banjo, instead of the usual Irish tuning GDAE. He plays a David Boyle banjo on almost every tour since 1996, but usually records with an Epiphone Recording A banjo.[3]


  • Time To Time, 1991
  • Myriad, 1998
  • No Place Like Home, 2004
  • High Up – Low Down, 2009


  1. ^ "Gerry O'Connor Official Website". Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Peter Schittler (9 May 2013). "Official website". Patsy Watchorn. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Gerry O'Connor Official Website". Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 

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