Angela Usher: Banjo Performer playing Irish traditional music
June 5, 2019 –
Angela Usher - this year's Banjo Tutor & Performer at Ceol Aneashas has played Irish traditional music in Manchester for decades. She is dedicated to perpetuating the music through successive generations in her home city, teaching and inspiring hundreds of local school age children.
At the age of 10, Angela started tin whistle lessons with Marian Egan (Flannery) at St Wilfrid’s in Hulme and later began banjo lessons with Sully (Tony Sullivan) and then Bobby Tracey. In her early teens, Angela spent summers in Peterswell, frequently visiting the family home of celebrated box player Joe Cooley. She spent hours playing tunes on the whistle accompanied by Joe’s brother Jack on the bodhran. By the age of 15, Angela joined her first band Curragh and soon was teaching at her local Comhaltas branch. A couple of years later, Angela was a founder member, with Mike McGoldrick and others, of the popular Manchester Celtic rock group Toss the Feathers. She played on their ‘Live at the 32’ release and first studio album Columbus Eclipse.
The Gort Mile, Angela Usher’s first album, with tenor banjo taking centre stage, was released on Banjaxed Records in July 2018.
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