I am thrilled to tell you that my new banjo recording "My Lucky Stars" Is now available! This recording project is a collection of mostly original instrumental music composed on the 5 string banjo over the last ten years. As a bonus I have also included two fiddle tunes in the mix– one composed by Jim Childress and a traditional tune. There are some solo, duo pieces with Chris Coole on guitar, and band selections with Chris Coole- guitar, John Showman- fiddle, Hannah Shira Naiman -fiddle, and Max Heineman on bass.
 BUY IT NOW !   
My Lucky Stars
 is being made available for purchase as a cd or download directly from this website, with a secure payment system. 

"He loves clawhammer banjo, it’s tone, the tunes, the lilt, and it shows.  He wants to share it. And he does, quietly, carefully, and as comfortably as an old shoe. This is a beautiful, thoughtful, glorious collection of tunes that we can get lost in precisely because Naiman does. Love it, love it, love it."   Glen Herbert , Penguin Eggs Magazine

“My Lucky Stars is an impressive album, and it will surely be one of the top old time albums of the year. And unlike many other albums in the genre, you don’t have to be a musician to fully appreciate it. The album is available as a traditional CD, or as a digital download (which includes the cover art and liner notes)."  
BANJO NEWSLETTER  October 2016 Review by John Walkenbach

 "We are treated to a wide sonic range, capturing many emotions and states of mind from introspection to joy. Great stuff for listening indeed." Bluegrass Unlimited October 2016 Review by Bob Buckingham

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I would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario to produce this new recording project!

I would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario to produce this new recording project!

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Congratulations to Arnie Naiman
"​My Lucky Stars" has been Nominated for Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year award for the ​2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

ANNOUNCING a new recording by Hannah Shira Naiman
Available Now!

With her new record Know the Mountain, Hannah Shira Naiman charms the listener with an even more bold, layered, and mature set of tunes.
The record crosses from sweet waltzes about fishes and birds to dark murder ballads and haunting instrumental reels. Naiman intensely studied fiddle -- a new instrument to her -- near the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia between records, and shares the result of her latest inspiration in two original fiddle tunes.Also contributing to Know The Mountain is guitar and banjo from Arnie Naiman, percussion from Gary Craig (Bruce Cockburn, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) and bass from Brian Kobayakawa (Creaking Tree String Quartet). Emily Adam (Blackest Crow) joins with harmony vocals. Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, Rheostatics) produced the album.

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Old Time / banjo music  selections including two recordings of tasteful, mostly clawhammer banjo music by Arnie Naiman & Chris Coole, a banjo music compilation which includes bluegrass and Irish tenor playing styles - "The Banjo Special, and a cd by Ragged But Right of "Down Harmony Road" which is mainly old time duet singing and playing.  "Gentleman From Virgina" features  southern string band songs and tunes from the Albemarle Ramblers!!


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Owen Sound Dance & workshops with Hannah Shira Naiman

Owen Sound


The 17th Annual Banjo Special

The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, ON

The 17th Annual Banjo Special -an evening of banjo music in various styles not to be missed - featuring Arnie Naiman, Chris Coole, Chris Quinn, Brian Taheny, and special guests

Guelph Banjo festival - with Arnie Naiman & Chris Coole

46 Essex Street, Guelph, Ontario

Arnie & Chris perform an afternoon set commemorating the recording of "5 Strings Attached With No Backing" 20 years ago Banjofest Guelph Saturday March 11 2017 Silence, 46 Essex Street Afternoon Session 2pm to 5:30pm Buckwheat Honey James Gordon Chris Coole and Arnie Naiman The BIG Schotts Evening Session 8pm to 11pm Banjo Mechanics Tim Posgate and Andrew Downing Lonesome Ace Stringband Tickets are $25 ea. for either the afternoon or evening session and $40 for the whole day. Tickets will be for sale on-line January but if you want to make sure you get seats (there are only 55 tickets available for each session) and avoid service charges, you can get them now by emailing info@woodhallmusic.com. I will make sure the tickets get to you directly (if you live in Guelph) or by mail if you don't. Paypal will also be available if required. And yes, there will be beer!