Count Your Blessings, Reel
by ©Owen Hackett

A Gentle Love, Hornpipe
by ©Owen Hackett

The Innocent Child, Reel
by ©Owen Hackett

Polly and the Birds, Hornpipe
by ©Owen Hackett

Tom in a Tree, Jig
by ©Owen Hackett

The White Dove, Reel
by ©Owen Hackett

The Author

The CD

Welcome To Irish Music Tutor Web Site
The One Irish Music Tutor Book for All The Family

The Irish Music Tutor

The Book Of 60 Compositions


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Play The Banjo;
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Owen Hackett's Irish Music Banjo Tutor is really much more than the average tutor.

Tutor Cover and Info
Note this (Flash) interactive Cover Page may take some time to download (288Kb)

It's Page by Page Layout & Excellent Design, must make it one of the easiest music learning mediums available.
Each page contains a graphical representation of the Fingerboard of the Banjo which can also be used for other similarly tuned stringed instruments,

Also, there are Full Sized Key Charts of the following instruments:
• Accordion • Tin Whistle • Concert Flute • Concertina • Violin • Mandolin • Banjo-Mandolin •

which other members of the family can use while learning these Instruments,
plus many other instruments that are tuned to Concert Pitch: G.D.A.E.

It is also ideal as a Teaching Aid for Traditional Music Teachers for all these instruments

The lessons graduate from Very Simple to Very professional Level with Clear Easy to Follow Instructions all the way.

Only the notes required for the current lesson are shown on that page,
this reduces the need for students to scan through unneeded information.

The Tutor also Contains a wealth of information on

• Buying a Banjo How to repair a burst Vellum

• Fit / Replace Strings / Check the Bridge Position.
And much much more.

To Order or buy the Tutor please see the list of Stores/ Stockists on this Website
or quote the name of the Tutor and ISBN number (below) to any Bookshop

You can also use the Links on the Website to order copies direct from the Author
to anywhere in the World

ISBN 0-9540554-0-3







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The author Owen Hackett was born in Tullamore Co. Offaly, Ireland. He began learning the banjo when he was 17 years old, at that stage his local pals instantly lost a goalkeeper.

His perseverance paid off and after a few years he was invited to play with Joe Delaney's Ceili Band. He was with the band for over 7 years and left about 1974 He also played in Fleadh Cheoil competitions with Sean Ryan's Band, and the Pre-
Bridge Ceili Band.

(See label of their CD)

See Owen with Bridge Ceili Band

He Won Four Senior All Ireland Competitions on the Banjo -

Three times on his own and Once with a Trio. The other Members of the trio were - Ellen Flanagan - Accordion & Eugene Nolan (of the Bridge Ceili Band) Concert Flute.

The trio was Invited to America by Bill McEvoy for approximately 6 weeks. Unfortunately Eugene couldn't make the trip and Excellent Fiddle Player Maura Connelly from Edenderry filled the gap.

Owen also played with various ballad groups over the years and has written many Traditional Irish Music tunes and a few songs. He has been Teaching the Banjo (on and off) since the mid 70's. He also gives workshops on the Banjo and has Adjudicated at many Fleadh Cheoil competitions.



See Owen, Eamonn & Pawel playing
Molly Hackett's March on youtube

Also Playing in The Castle Hotel Dublin











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This Music Book is Full of Highly Original Tunes

Composed by the same author of the Excellent Irish Music Banjo Tutor.

These tunes are very suitable for the Irish Banjo, as well as all other instruments.

Some have been played on Céilí House and other programmes.

Some of the tunes have been recorded by other musicians including
• Boys of The Lough.
• Kilfenora Ceili Band • Dermot Grogan •
Frank Ferrell • Chris Ormston • Kevin McCloud • Bohola4

Six of Owen's tunes can be heard on this web site.












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The CD of Sixty Tunes

The Music you can hear on this web site
is part of the Sixty Tunes(+ Songs) that's on the CD and in the Music Book.


On the CD,

Owen is playing the banjo and also joined by a host of other musicians.

On this Web Site the tunes are played by the Quicktime Piano.

This CD is excellent as a stand alone medium to hear excellent Irish Music

or it may be used by Musicians as an aid while learning the tunes in the Music book.



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