Bob Carlin (b March 17, 1953 in New York City) is an American old-time banjo player and singer. Carlin performs primarily in the clawhammer style of banjo. He has toured the United States, Canada, and Europe performing on various historical banjos (including gourd banjos), and has explored the African roots of the banjo by working with the Malian musician Cheick Hamala Diabate and the elder African American fiddler Joe Thompson.
He is also one of the few musicians skilled in the performance of minstrel-style banjo songs of the mid-19th century.
He also occasionally plays guitar. Foreign six years, Carlin toured throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan with John Hartford.
He has released four albums on Rounder Records as well as several instruction manuals and videos for the banjo.