Brendan Macie

Banjo, Banjo Lessons
Banjo Sessions


About Brendan Macie

Brendan Macie Banjo North Carolina

About Background

Personal History and Training

Brendan Macie was exposed to many styles of music growing up in Wilmington, North Carolina, and he began playing banjo in 2008 after being inspired by the music of Béla Fleck. Since then he has majored in Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music at East Tennessee State University. He is currently a student of banjo virtuoso Jens Krüger.

Brendan Macie Banjo Player Wake County NC

About Style

The sound defined…

Brendan Macie is a musician who has infused warmth and heart into his banjo playing by defining an acoustic sound that is both truthful and introspective. He is currently writing, recording and performing locally.

As a native North Carolinian, Brendan became interested in playing the banjo because of its authentic, and American sound.

His has been described as “a cerebral thinker who plays from his heart.”

He and guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Hank Close make the duo Hank & Brendan. Their new EP, Space Grass, was released in December 2016. Hank & Brendan’s music is both dreamlike and provocative.


Banjo Lessons

In-person, On-line and Virtual Banjo Lessons

About Approach

How to play the banjo.

Initially the focus begins on building a solid understanding of the techniques needed to play the three finger style of banjo. The focus of the lessons will then shift to explain how to apply the technical knowledge to express the sound desired by the student.

Sight reading of tablature, the notation through which the banjo is learned, shall be taught as a means of developing the ability to learn by ear.

About Expectations

What students should know before…

Lessons are taught out of a studio in a private residence, or a location of the student’s choice within a 20 mile radius of my location in Cary, North Carolina.

Fees are $25 for half an hour and $35 for a full hour.

Students are expected to prepare lesson assignments for each session.  Reasonable goals will be set that can be achieved through daily interaction with the banjo.

Just play every day!



307 Carpenter Town Ln.

Cary, NC 27519