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The Best Banjo Players in the World 

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Updated June 14, 2019 4k votes 1.3k voters 21.2k views 63 items

List Rules Living banjo players only

From folk, to bluegrass, and even jazz, the banjo is a popular stringed instrument used in many genres of music. These best banjo players in the world include popular musicians like Marcus Mumford as well as lesser known banjo players who are still some of the best in the world. Who are the best living banjo players today?

The banjo is a four or five string instrument, similar to a guitar, but with a circular frame. Banjos were originally played by Africans in Colonial America. Along with the fiddle, the banjo is the most common instrument used in old-time music, as well as country, bluegrass, and folk music.

The greatest banjoists living and playing today are from different genres but are all greatly adept at their instrument. These best banjoists in the world have the ability to execute flawless music whether its a rehearsed piece or something improvised. These musicians often helped define their respective musical genres, and some of the great living banjo players on this list teach banjo to a new generation of musicians as well.

The best banjo players currently active are from all over the world and include musicians like Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn, Frank Fairfield, and Jimmy Mazzy. To become one of the best banjo players in the world takes great commitment, a strong work ethic, and dedication. Cast your votes for the best living banjo players below.

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Scott Avett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Béla Fleck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Earl Scruggs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Noam Pikelny is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Davidson Brothers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Hamish Davidson Aussie Gun Banjo Picker
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Adam Fudge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Alan Munde is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Abigail Washburn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Alison Brown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Ralph Stanley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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J. D. Crowe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Tony Trischka is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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victor furtado is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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John Hartford is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Ricky Skaggs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Gina Clowes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Pete Wernick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Ben Eldridge is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Danny Barnes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Buck Trent is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Gillian Welch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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Tony Furtado is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Banjo Players in the World
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