Steve Martin’s latest banjo video is just so pure – but we’d expect nothing less from a Grammy award winner

Steve Martin playing the banjo is the purest thing you'll see today

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Steve Martin has shared a clip of him playing a tune on his banjo, and while fans were in awe of his skills, many didn’t know he’s actually won Grammys for his playing.

The actor and comedian, 75, has long incorporated a banjo in his stand-up sets and took to Twitter to share a video of him strumming along this week. 

Sitting outdoors in the sunshine with a glass of wine to his side, Steve told his followers: ‘What’s happening? Banjo!’

Fans were quick to compliment him on his skills, writing: ‘I wish I could be half as good at one thing as you are at like 7 different things.’

Others added: ‘Ladies and gentlemen…. the annoyingly talented Steve Martin!’ and ‘Steve Martin, Comedian, Actor, Banjo Player Extraordinaire. Funny guy.’

Steve’s musical talent had previously escaped some, who wrote: ‘I’ve tried my hand at classical guitar for 2 years (normally a pick in hand, rock/metal type of guitar player) & I never was really able to clean up my playing. You’ve definitely practiced ALOT,’ to which another corrected them: ‘Since the 70’s….if not earlier. lol’.


Steve Martin playing the banjo is the purest thing you'll see today
Steve Martin has been playing the banjo in his sets since the 1970s (Picture: Twitter/ @SteveMartinToGo)

Unbeknownst to some, Steve is actually a multi-Grammy award winner, even bagging the Grammy for best Bluegrass album in 2010 for The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo.

As well as Steve’s musical stylings, the album also featured appearances from the likes of Dolly Parton and Vince Gill. 

Steve has been playing the banjo since he was 17 years old and it became a staple part of his stand-up routine in the 1970s

In 2010, he also created the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, to reward artistry and bring greater visibility to bluegrass performers in the mainstream. 

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