Irish Duo Banna de dhá Tops Charts at

I’ve worked with many bands over the years, from country to swing and bluegrass to chamber music, but my focus over the past dozen years at least has been Celtic and Irish Traditional music. In that genre I’ve enjoyed much success with my Mobile AL-based Celtic/World music quartet Mithril and that’s how many Celtic & Irish music fans know me. But my latest project, the Irish Trad duo Banna de dhá, with Charleston SC-based guitarist & vocalist Hazel Ketchum, has also been making its mark over the past year.

Banna de dhá-Tom Morley & Hazel Ketchum

Our duo released our first CD ‘Band of Two’ in summer 2013, and it continues to make new fans and receive airplay and good reviews. The album spent most of the month of May 2014 at or near the top of popular internet radio website‘s Top Ten Requested list, and also received a 5-star review. Read it below:

“Duos are always quite surprising: most people just don’t expect as much complexity and depth from a 2-piece line-up than they would expect from a full ensemble, but oftentimes…less is more.

Banna de dhá – whose moniker simply means “a band of two” is all about this musical direction. Tom Morley (fiddle) and Hazel Ketchum (guitar and vocals) showcase a unique and original approach to folk music, blending the Irish traditional “footprint” with influences as diverse as American Old Time, Bluegrass and French-Canadian folk.

Their music appears timeless and traditional, yet refreshingly personal and inspired. It is obvious that the duo isn’t just trying to “perform standards by the book”, but rather provide their own emotional and technical interpretation of the tunes they play, providing a feeling of authenticity and warmth.

Acoustic guitar and fiddle can create intricate and complex melodic and rhythmic pattern while keeping things simple and direct. This is folk music at its best, highlighting its most basic elements and “Raison d’être”. 5 Stars from Celtic Radio!

If you haven’t discovered yet, it’s one of the top internet radio sites, playing Celtic & Irish music 24/7. Visit the website, join up as a member (if you haven’t already)–it’s absolutely free–and then visit the Banna de dhá ‘Band of Two’ CD page there and please request a track.

And we also invite our new Banna de dhá fans to visit our facebook page and ‘like’ us!

Our CD ‘Band of Two’ is available at

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