My name is Alan O Rourke ,I have always had a great love of music, especially the banjo. My idol would have been the late great Barney McKenna, he could make a banjo sing. I had always wanted to play banjo and after years of wishing, I finally took the plunge, I wouldn't exactly make it sing but I get a tune out. Al's Banjo's also offers a repair sevice contact us for more information.
I had a few lessons and from there I went on to teach myself how to play the mandolin and fiddle, and how to read music.
I love to play purely for my own enjoyment, it's truly a great way to pass the time and lose yourself in the music.
I am a carpenter by trade and curiosity gets the better of me from time to time, and so I had to make a banjo.
I did so and at the end to finally sit down and play a tune on my own handcrafted banjo was truly amazing. To hear the crisp sound belting out was just a great feeling, and knowing I had made this from scratch myself was the best feeling of all. Which leads to me to where I am today, making my handcrafted tenor banjos. I use various solid woods, only the finest. All of my banjos are made using high quality materials.
As you will see from the pictures in the gallery, all the stages of making genuine handcrafted tenor banjos, from starting with timber planks through all the various stages fo making a banjo.
I encourage clients to come to my workshop and tell me what it is they want in a banjo, for example; the type of wood, the type of pearl inlays, the type of tone ring they like to use etc..I like the client to be as involved as He/She can be in the making of their own banjos. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for all of their help and advice.