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Tanglewood Performance Pro Guitar range now in stock

The superb new Sundance ‘Performance Pro’ range of Tanglewood guitars are now in stock at Eagle Music …

Tanglewood’s Sundance Performance Pro Series is the culmination of decades of guitar building expertise and research. Swedish master luthier Michael Sanden has designed Tanglewood’s new flagship models, boasting all solid wood combinations and sumptuous features on some of the most popular and iconic acoustic body shapes in guitar history.

The range will begin with the heritage inspired Dreadnought X15 at £699, two Superfolk cutaway models at £799 in the X45AVE and X45NSE, and the Super Folk cutaway all solid Mahogany X47E. Every one of these guitars will feature all solid construction and Custom Masterdesign parallel and fan tapered bracing patterns.

All electro models will feature Fishman Presys Plus electronic systems.

Tanglewood Sundance Performance Pro guitars in stock at eagle Music

Pictured From Left to Right the models include: The X70 TE Orchestra size body: The X15NS Dreadnought: The X45 AVE Super Folk Cutaway:The X47 E Superfolk Cutaway: The X15 SDTE Vintage Slope Shoulder Dreadnought and the X47 Superfolk Cutaway

Please Click on this Link to Visit Tanglewood Guitars on Eagle Music Web Pages

The range and tone of the final two models then gets turbocharged with the addition of Torrefied tops, X70TE and X15SDTE models. Using a new kiln drying technique called Torrefaction, these two range topping Performance Pro instruments have been created with unique sound characteristics that replicate a well loved vintage instrument that has been played in for over 30 years!

“The wood is heat-treated in an oxygen-free kiln, making it highly resonant and extremely stable, it’s as if the wood is pre-aged.” Says Master designer Michael Sanden, “It looks and sounds like wood that’s been broken in for many years.”

This amazing “time machine” process is the very latest custom feature to surface amongst high-end boutique guitar luthiers in recent years. The torrefaction process that Tanglewood are employing on these new instruments has resulted in huge critical industry acclaim. Tanglewood’s ethos of putting musicians first, has resulted in this amazing breakthrough guitar technology becoming available to all players, as standard with UK launch prices of only £899!

Tanglewood Sundance Performance Pro guitars in stock at eagle Music

The Eagle Music Team are Waiting to Serve You …

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Weber Mandolins at Eagle Music

We are delighted and very proud to announce that we are now a Prestige Dealership for Weber Hand Crafted mandolins, built in Oregon, USA. The range comprises of ‘A’ style and ‘F’ style instruments with choices of round or ‘F’ hole body construction.

Weber A14-F mandolin at Eagle Music

The Weber Bitterroot A14-F ‘A’ style ‘F’ hole Mandolin with Deluxe Case included

Here is a link to the models that have recently been built and are now in stock at Eagle Music
Bruce Weber, the leading master craftsman at Weber Mandolins, worked with his team at the Gibson Flatiron mandolin company in Montana, Bruce was in charge of production.

When Gibson moved their mandolin production to Nashville, Bruce and his team decided jointly to remain in Montana and set up Weber Mandolins. Following setting up the Weber mandolin company Bruce then moved his production team to then Bend, Oregon. The Weber mandolin and mandocello range of instruments are hand-crafted by a dedicated team of luthiers headed by Bruce to the highest specification, Bruce has faithfully taken into account classic model designs and new innovations giving exceptional quality instruments with exceptional tone and playability.

A Decade of Dedication… Eagle Music 2016

On Saturday October 22nd 2016, over two hundred banjo and bluegrass music enthusiasts from all over the world took part in our 10th anniversary celebration for Eagle Music  as the #1 world dealership for Deering Banjos USA.

The event took place in the tiny village of Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, Yorkshire  to celebrate Eagle Music Shop’s remarkable achievement of maintaining the number one world dealership status for the California based Deering Banjo Company for the past ten consecutive years. Yes folks, ten years! We are proud as a UK family business to gain this accolade from America’s largest banjo maker! Steve Noon and daughter Rachel Price manage the business along with Steve’s son James and a team of dedicated musical staff, we still have to pinch ourselves about this achievement!

Eagle Music Celebrating Ten Years as the Number One world dealership for Deering Banjos

The one-day festival complete with workshops and performances showcased Eagle Music’s success with a glittering array of world class musical talent including the only UK performance of the North Carolina super band Kruger Brothers. JigJam (Ireland) flew in from their recent tour of the USA to support the Kruger Brothers in an evening showcase concert. Eagle Music’s MC for the event Matt Chaffer got the day rolling by announcing free refreshments to get the day rolling at 10.30am!

Throughout the day, workshops were held covering different styles of banjo playing a beginners/improvers workshop was held by Eagle Music’s Graham Holt. Bill Forster who is well known to UK festival goers is now living on the west coast of Ireland. Bill came over especially for the celebration and ran an advanced 5-string workshop. Gavin Strappe from County Tipperary, Ireland is a member of JigJam. Gavin ran an Irish tenor banjo workshop and later performed with JigJam on mandolin and tenor banjo supporting the Kruger Brothers in the evening concert.

Eagle Music Celebrating Ten Years as the Number One world dealership for Deering Banjos

Joe Mac and Bob McLean of the Uk’s own bluegrass band The Old Grey Dogs joined in with the celebrations and ran the picking sessions throughout the day.

The daytime on stage performances commenced with some fast banjo picking from the Uk’s new banjo whizz kid on the block, 19 year old James Allan. James played a brilliant set of bluegrass banjo standards that got the audience buzzing, James was accompanied on guitar by Eagle’s in-house banjo teacher Graham Holt. James recently clocked up over two and a half million views on Facebook for one of his banjo picking videos!

Eagle Music with Deering Banjos at the 10th Anniversary event

Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering took to the stage and gave an enlightening talk on the development of the banjo and its place in the modern world of popular, bluegrass, American old time, folk, roots and traditional music.

Eagle Music Celebrating Ten Years as the Number One world dealership for Deering Banjos

Kruger Brothers gave a spellbinding on-stage afternoon workshop of music and songs and captivated the audience with their on stage magic and explanation of how they work together and build their musical arrangements …The Kruger Brothers then invited everyone on stage with their own instruments to play and perform the classic song Buffalo Gals which was filmed for YouTube.

Eagle Music Celebrating Ten Years as the Number One world dealership for Deering Banjos

All the way from Dripsey in County Cork Ireland, we were uplifted with a great set of tunes and songs from long neck banjo virtuoso Pat Kelleher who was joined by his son Ricky on guitar and vocals.

Eagle Music Celebrating Ten Years as the Number One world dealership for Deering Banjos

Closing the afternoon on-stage sets, and another one of the highlights was the stunning banjo and vocal performance from Dan Walsh. Just back from a recent tour of India, Dan is without question the finest clawhammer banjo player that the UK has ever produce, playing in his own unique style. At the age of 29, Dan has only been playing the banjo for around 15 years! Now with a firm foot on the world stage playing with his own band called the Urban Folk Quartet. In the past Dan has played as far away as New Zealand and Canada as well as the USA, Denmark and Germany.

Eagle Music with Deering Banjos at the 10th Anniversary event

A DVD will be available soon as a momento of the 10th Anniversary afternoon at Eagle Music 2016.

Kruger Brother Showcase Evening Concert

The evening concert commenced with presentations from Steve and Rachel to Eagle Music staff for their extra work input towards this amazing event. Steve announced the newly introduced ‘Outstanding Eagle Customer of  The Year Award’ which was awarded to Tom Jenkins for un-waving customer loyalty over the past ten years.

Eagle Music banjo 10 Celebratipn with Deeerings and Kruger Brothers

Fresh from their storming USA summer tour JigJam, all the way from Tullamore in Ireland, took to the stage in support of Kruger Brothers. The four piece band consisting of Jamie McKeogh on guitar, lead vocals and tenor banjo, Daithi Melia on 5-String banjo and vocals, Cathal Guinan on double bass, fiddle, guitar and vocals, and Gavin Strappe on mandolin  tenor banjo and vocals won everyone over with their amazing musical ability, energy and stunning fusion of bluegrass music fused with Irish traditional music. They launched their second CD ‘Hello World’ online on the day …we’re going to hear a lot more from this multi-talented band, they are really saying hello to the world!

Eagle Music Celebrating Ten Years as the Number One world dealership for Deering Banjos

JigJam’s brilliant set was followed by the interval where a musical instrument raffle was drawn with over £1,000.00 worth of instrument prizes, all were claimed on the night!

Eagle Music banjo 10 Celebratipn with Deeerings and Kruger Brothers

A special surprise draw took place to celebrate Eagles 10th anniversary. All the names of the  persons that had bought tickets for the event were put into a hat, the lucky winner was presented with a Deering banjo from Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering!

Eagle Music banjo 10 Celebratipn with Deeerings and Kruger Brothers

Greg Deering called on Steve and Rachel presented Eagle Music with a tenth anniversary carved maple plaque in recognition of ten amazing years as the #1 world dealership.

Eagle Music Celebrating Ten Years as the Number One world dealership for Deering Banjos

Greg went on to present Steve with the latest Deering banjo model a beautiful maple six string banjo, serial number one! This banjo will join a collection of other priceless serial number one Deering banjos that have been presented to Steve and Eagle Music throughout the past ten years.

Eagle Music Celebrating Ten Years as the Number One world dealership for Deering Banjos

The showcase of the event followed with the world renown Kruger Brothers in concert. Jens Kruger is recognised by the world’s banjo community as probably the greatest 5-string banjo player of all time, along with brother Uwe Kruger on vocals and guitar and Joel Landsberg on bass. The show was spell binding with maestro banjo playing from Jens, heartfelt songs and guitar wizardry from Uwe coupled with the masterly bass playing of Joel.

Eagle Music Celebrating Ten Years as the Number One world dealership for Deering Banjos

Following their world performance with full orchestras and the Kontras Quarte, we were treated to musical bliss listening to the Spirit of the Rockies, their Roan Mountain Suite and Kruger classics form many of their past two dozen CD recordings! A standing ovation closed the evening after a much loved Kruger Brothers encore.

Eagle Music Celebrating Ten Years as the Number One world dealership for Deering Banjos

The amazing world renown Bernie Velutti, Kruger Brothers sound engineer mastered the sound throughout the day for all the on-stage artists.

What has become an annual event, is now set in the hearts so many of the UK’s popular, bluegrass, American old time, folk, roots and traditional music lovers. Eagle Music has built up its friendship over the past ten years with many of the notable UK musicians through dedication and service.

Some of the UK musicians and bands that have attended and played at the event throughout the past decade include Howard ‘Shep’ Shepherd and Mike Dexter, Down County Boys, Kentucky Cow Tippers, House Devils, Jonny Hulme, Jon Strong, Paul Bienek, Tom Napper, Nic Mann and Joe McIlvenny and the Old Grey Dogs,

Eagle Music specialises in banjos, mandolins and traditional musical instruments. We have a very busy shop that has show rooms and a workshop that specialised in set-ups and repairs…Pay Eagle Music Shop a call, you won’t be disappointed!

Eagle Ten Years Numer One Deering Dealership

We’re very proud to show here a picture and the words that are written on the carved maple plaque that was presented to Eagle Music by the Deering Banjo family at Eagle’s 10th Anniversary Celebration Event, Saturday October 22nd 2016
Eagle Music – Banjo 10 2016
Celebrating your Ten Year Anniversary As The #1 Deering Dealer In The World
Dear Steve, Joan, Rachel and all the Eagle Music Team,
Eagle Music: A Decade of Dedication.
The magic of music transcends all boundaries. The magic of the banjo is sought after now by more people around the world than at any other time in history.
Eagle Music’s unwavering dedication to the banjo has introduced the joy and the life affirming magic of the banjo, to more people in the UK and Europe than any dealer in Deering’s 41 year history.
Only Eagle Music’s absolute commitment to serving customers could bring about this extraordinary level of achievement.
Eagle Music has been Deering’s number one dealer in the world every year since 2006.
This year, 2016, Eagle Music has again achieved this envied accolade which marks a full decade of Eagle Music as the Deering Banjo Company’s number one dealer worldwide.
On behalf of all of your happy customers and all of us at the Deering Banjo Company,
Thank you for ten outstanding years.
Signed: Greg and Janet Deering & Barry Hunn

Eagle Music Celebrating Ten Years as the Number One world dealership for Deering Banjos

Outstanding Customer Award to Tom Jenkins

A highlight of the Eagle Music 10th Anniversary event with Deering Banjos on Saturday October 22nd 2016 was the award to Eagle customer Tom Jenkins. Tom was awarded a framed letter as ‘Eagle Music’s Outstanding Customer of The Past Decade’ along with an Eagle Music gift voucher. Well done Tom and a huge thank you for your continued loyalty to Eagle Music.


Eagle outstanding customer Tom Jenkins Eagle Music banjo 10 Celebratipn with Deeerings and Kruger Brothers

Eastman Flat Top Guitars in Stock at Eagle

Eastman flat-top guitars now in stock at Eagle Music

Hand-crafted from the finest tone-woods, Eastman guitars are at the top of the picking order if you are looking for excellent build quality, tone and playability at a fraction of the cost of their ‘big name’
counterparts. Prices start at £575.00 for a guitar that is hand crated from solid tone-woods! Complete with case. Eastman guitars are the choice and are actually played and gigged by Eagle Music staff!

Check out the amazing all solid timber Eastman Orchestra model ACOM-1 by following this link:-




Update for Banjo 10 Anniversary Event With Deerings, Kruger Brothers and so much more

Banjo 10 Latest Artist News
Hi Folks, it’s only eight weeks to go before the Uk’s premier banjo event! Our special ‘Banjo 10’ Anniversary Event will take place at The North Light Gallery, Brooke’s Mill, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, HD4 7NR on Saturday, October 22nd 2016. We’re still fine tuning the timetable for the day, but here’s the latest update on some of the brilliant artists and on-stage performances. This year we are proudly celebrating an amazing ten consecutive years! as the number one world dealership for the Deering Banjo Company. USA.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all on the day, and also looking forward to the amazing concerts, on-stage afternoon performances, workshops and picking session. We’re also looking forward to seeing Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering The Kruger Brothers, JigJam, Dan Walsh, Bill Forster, Pat Kelleher, Gavin Strappe, James Allan, Graham Holt,  jamming and picking sessions led by the Uk’s own Joe McIlvenny.

The final running order of the day is to be announced, but below you can read about some of the highlights of this special banjo day.

Have you booked your ticket? …please click here for availability

* Your ticket will be on the door when you arrive …Just give your name at the door.

Steve, Rachel and the Eagle Team.

Eagle Music Team Photo
The Eagle Music Team will be here to serve and look after you on our special 10th anniversary day.

Morning and afternoon
•    10.30 am  –   Doors Open at the North Light Gallery
•    All Day   –   You will be able to browse the Eagle Music Instrument & Musical Accessory Stand with very special discounts and prices to celebrate our Tenth Anniversary as the #1 World Dealership for the Deering Banjo Company, USA.
•    10.30 – 11.30    –    Complimentary Tea and Coffee – ‘Meet the banjo Makers’ and mill around with some of the artists that will be here with us on the day.
•    12.00   –  All the way from San Diego, California, USA and flying in specially from a trip to India to be with us at Banjo 10 …The World’s premier award winning banjo makers Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering  will welcome everyone to the Banjo 10 Eagle Anniversary Day. Throughout the day, Greg Deering will be active in giving advice and you may be one of the players to get a personal set up on your banjo.

The Banjo Makers: Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering

Greg Janet and Jamie Deering at the Eagle Music Shop event 2016

James Allan
– at nineteen years of age, James is an inspiration to all budding banjo players and will kick start the day telling his own personal story of his exciting journey into the world of banjos. James’ on-stage banjo performance will be accompanied by Graham Holt on guitar.

James alll at Banjo 10 Eagle Music event with Deerings, kruger Brothers and Jig Jam

Graham Holt accompanying James Allan on Gutiar at eagle Music Banjo 10


Graham Holt – 5-String banjo Workshop – Graham has been a member of the Eagle Music team for the past seven years. Graham is an exceptional musician and runs the in house banjo teaching classes at Eagle Music.  Following his on-stage afternoon guitar backing performance accompanying the amazing James Allan. Graham passes on here his 5-string banjo skills for beginners to improvers. Duration of the workshop will be one hour. To book your place for this FREE WORKSHOP, please ring Eagle Music on 01484 661460

Grahm Holt BW

Pat KelleherLong Neck Banjo Virtuoso – From Dripsey, County Cork, Ireland, Pat is one of Ireland’s most respected Long Neck Banjo players. Over the years Pat has consistently been in demand as a session and recording musician. Pat returns this year to give us an afternoon on-stage performance of songs and tunes played on the long neck banjo.
Pat Kelleher at the Banjo 10 event with the Deerings, Kruger Brothers and JigJam


Bill Forster – 5-String Banjo Techniques, licks and improvisation
Bill Forster
is held in high esteem in all walks of the banjo world, we welcome the return of Bill this year to hold a players workout / question and answer class. Bill will be demonstrating techniques, licks and improvisation on the 5-string banjo and with us throughout the day to join Joe Mac with the picking session. please call us on 01484 661460 to put your name down for this FREE WORKSHOP class.
Bill Forster at eagle Music banjo 10 2016 with the


Gavin Strappe – Irish Tenor Banjo Workshop – Gavin is a member of the ace Irish band JigJam who are with us to support the Kruger Brothers at the evening concert. Gavin plays Irish tenor banjo and mandolin to a very high standard. You’re in for a treat here to pick up all those hidden banjos ornaments and techniques if you attend the afternoon  workshop of this world touring Irish performer. The workshop duration will be one hour. To book your place for this workshop (Entry Cost £6.00)  Please ring us on 01484 661460
Gavin Strappe at eagle Music Banjo 10 with Kruger Brothers, Deerings and JigJam

Dan Walsh – Clawhammer Banjo Virtuoso –
At the modest age of twenty seven, Dan has toured the world and played in many exotic locations. Just back from India, Dan will treat us in the afternoon with an on-stage set of songs and tunes played in his own style of clawhammer banjo. Dan plays naturally to an extremely high standard.
Dan Walsh at eagle Music Banjo 10 with Deerings, Kruger Brothers and JigJam

Joe McIlvenny – Picking & Jamming Sessions
throughout the day.
Joe is a member of the UK’s own ‘The Old Grey Dogs’ and is a very respected musician, he plays banjo with a passion. Joe’s enthusiasm, friendly approach and humour will make all welcome to join in on the jam sessions with whatever instrument you play. We welcome Joe back each year. Don’t forget to bring your instrument, it doesn’t have to be a banjo!

Joe mac at the banjo Eagle Music event with the Deerings Kruger Brothers, Jig Jam, Pat Kelleher


The Kruger Brothers – Afternoon on Stage ‘Performance Workshop’
The spellbinding Kruger Brothers …Banjo maestro Jens Kruger, guitar and vocal master Uwe Kruger and bass virtuoso Joel Landsberg will treat us to another on -stage workshop demonstrating to us how their brilliant individual musical talent knits it all together. The Kruger Brothers are World class musicians with a wealth of  high prestige world concerts behind them, This will only be a warm up prelude to their in-concert showcase performance that will follow later in the evening of the day. Don’t go home without a bunch of their brilliant CDs that they have recorded over the years!
The Kruger brothers will be at Eagle Music Banjo 10

Group Performance
– Afternoon on-Stage Group Performance with The Kruger Brothers of ‘Buffalo Gals (in the key of ‘G’ the tune can be found on page 94 in the Janet Davis tutor book ‘You Can Teach Yourself Banjo’ ) Learn the tune and bring along your banjo or other instrument to join in the fun! (This part of the event will be filmed and posted on YouTube)
Buffalo Gals Group performance with the Kruger Brothers at

•    6.00 pm     Doors to main event Room Close


•    6.00 pm – 7.00 pm   Joe Mac and Friends – Jam session in the café area
Picking sessions at Banjo 10 eagle Music with Joe Mac

Evening Concert

•    7.00 pm       Doors re-open for the evening event
•    7.30 pm        JigJam – On Stage Performance

JigJam – Evening Concert Performance
After their amazing performance at our Banjo 9 event, we welcome back by popular demand JigJam to support the Kruger Brothers at the evening concert
With two USA tours behind them in 2016, JigJam are the hottest new act on the Celtgrass music scene. They have developed a new, exciting, energy-fuelled live sound blending the best of bluegrass and Irish folk music. The band comprises Jamie McKeogh (Guitar, tenor banjo and lead vocals), Daithi Melia (5 String Banjo and vocals) Cathal Guinan (Double Bass, fiddle and vocals) and Gavin Strappe (Mandolin, tenor banjo & vocals)

Jigjam at eagle Music Banjo 10 with the Deerings and the Kruger Brothers

•    8.30 pm        Interval and Raffle Draw with fantastic Eagle  Tenth Anniversary prizes
•    9.00 pm        The Kruger Brothers in Concert
The grand finale to an amazing day of music, here we will see and hear the world’s most brilliant banjo, guitar and bass musical trio in concert. The spellbinding Banjo maestro Jens Kruger, guitar and vocal master Uwe Kruger and bass virtuoso Joel Landsberg. The Kruger Brothers are returning here to Eagle Music for their eighth consecutive year to present to us their breath taking show as part of their 2016 European tour.
The Kruger Brothers in concert at Eagle Music Banjo 10 event 2016

•    10.30 ish    Finish
•    11.00 pm        Doors Close

Event taking place at:-
The North Light Gallery (Located behind Eagle Music Shop)
Brooke’s Mill
Armitage Bridge

The Stage Awaits Saturday, October 22nd for the Banjo 10 Anniversary Event 2016 …
The Stage awaits for the Kruger Brothers, Greg, Janet and jamie Deering, JigJam, Dan Walsh, Pat Kelleher, James Allan, Graham Holt, Mjoe Mac at the Eagle Music banjo 10 event 2016

Tickets for Banjo 10th Anniversary Event 2016 with the Deerings and the Kruger Brothers

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to announce that the date has been finalised and tickets are now on sale for our 2016 ‘Banjo 10’ Celebration event on Saturday October 22nd 2016 at The North Light Gallery (behind Eagle Music Shop), Brooke’s Mill, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, HD4 7NR

Join us this year on this very special occasion to celebrate Eagle Music’s 10th Anniversary as the number one world dealership for the Deering Banjo Company, USA.

Please Follow This Link To Buy Tickets

Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering will be here with us, and by popular demand the event will also feature the world renowned Kruger Brothers in concert.

reg Janet and Jamie Deering The Kruger Brothers

The all-day event will be packed with fabulous music, jam sessions, on-stage performances and demonstrations topped off with an evening concert from the awesome Kruger Brothers.

The Eagle Music stall at the event will offer you the opportunity to browse what will be the largest selection of Deering Banjos ever to be displayed for public viewing in the world!

Our special guests, Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering will be here throughout the day to meet and greet everyone …Greg will be available as always to personally check out and adjust banjos. It will also be an opportunity to interact and personally meet the awesome Kruger Brothers: Jens Kruger – Banjo, Uwe Kruger Guitar and Joel Landsberg – Bass

We are working on final arrangements but the outline of the day will be:-

• Complimentary Tea/Coffee 10.30am – 11.30am
• Daytime Workshops (Teachers to be announced)
• Afternoon Kruger Brothers on-stage workshop
• Audience group performance with the Kruger Brothers to be filmed for YouTube
• On-stage Afternoon Performances (Artists to be announced)
• Picking sessions lead by the Uk’s own Joe Mac
• Eagle Music Trade Stand with lots of 10th Anniversary special offers
• North Light Cafe offering a wide range of food and refreshments throughout the day
• Eagle Music Raffle with amazing 10th Anniversary Prizes
• Evening Concert with the Kruger Brothers

Best wishes from

Steve, Rachel and the Eagle Music Team

Event Venue:
The North Light Gallery
Brooke’s Mill
Armitage Bridge
Ticket Details for The Eagle 10th Anniversary Event 2016

Tickets can be purchased as follows:
• At Eagle Music Shop, call +44 (0)1484 661460
• At
• Or send a cheque or PO to Eagle Music Shop
If you have paid for a ticket online, simply give your name at the door
on the day. Your numbered ticket will be checked on the list and you
will be given your ticket for the event.

Ticket Prices:
• Daytime Only – 10.30am until 6.00pm – £22.00
• Evening Only – Doors Open 7.00pm until Close ‘The Krüger Brothers in Concert’ – £38.00 – support band (to be announced)
• Full Day and ‘Kruger Brothers Concert Ticket’ -10.30am until Close – £50.00
• Workshops – £6.00 per place – Duration of each Workshop will be One hour

Full Timetable for the Event – To be Announced

Thank you for attending the 40th Anniversary event for Deering Banjos at Eagle Music

We’re sending out here a big ‘Thank you’ to everyone that attended our 40th Anniversary event with the Deering Banjo Company at Eagle Music, The North Light Gallery, Huddersfield on November 7th 2015. The Eagle Music team were also congratulated on this special day for maintaining their status as the number one world dealership for the Deering Banjo Company for the past nine consecutive years.

Eagle Music Team

Our sincere thanks go out to all of you for attending and being with us, and for making it such a special big banjo day! We’re now busier than ever and only just getting round to sorting through the pictures that were taken on the day! Herewith a few reminders of the wonderful time that was had by all.

The day commenced at 9.30am with complimentary tea and coffee and greetings to our friends and visitors old and new and the introduction of the artists that were to perform on the day. The Eagle Music trade stand was hot off the mark giving amazing discounts and 40th anniversary special deals. The opportunity to try out and play dozens of different Deering Banjo models, mandolins, ukuleles etc. was enjoyed by many throughout the day.

Eagle Music trade stand at Deering Banjos Event for 40th anniversary 2015

Greg and Janet Deering had a magnetic presence in the William Gallery, greeting visitors and discussing banjos. Greg was busy as in all previous years setting up banjos for visitors that introduced themselves to him, it was a rare chance for so many banjo players to have their banjos personally set up by the man himself!

Greg Deering banjo set ups Janet Deering

The multi talented Nick Mann took to the stage at midday and performed a wonderful set of tunes and songs that he played on both the Deering Goodtime Banjo Ukulele and the Tenor Ukulele. It was an enlightening performance and showcased what can be achieved when playing fingerstyle Ukulele Banjo.

Nick Mann on stage

All the way from Cork in Ireland, long neck banjo maestro Pat Kelleher gave a brilliant workshop on the playing techniques for the long neck banjo. Pat made many friends on the day and will be a special guest / performer at our future Eagle Banjo Days.

Pat Kelleher long neck banjo workshop

Our guests of honour Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering presented their on-stage workshop in the early afternoon and and talked about their amazing journey in banjo making. They explained how they have evolved over the past forty years to become the world’s greatest banjo makers, producing models that are played by world class players including Jens Kruger, Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka just to mention three of the world’s greatest players. They were joined on-stage by the world famous virtuoso banjoist Jens Kruger. Jens conveyed to the audience his belief in Deering Banjos and how he is involved in the continued development and design of Deering Banjos.

Gtreg, Janet and Jamie Deering

Greg and Janet specifically outlined their pride in the Deering Goodtime range of banjos that are designed and built with the same precision as the professional models but at a price that student players can afford.

deering Goodtime banjos

The Kruger Brothers followed the Deerings on stage to give their amazing on stage performance workshop. we were treated to how the Kruger Brothers arrange their music and how they interact with each other to produce such on-stage professional magic, this afternoon performance was just a warm up to their wonderful evening concert!

The Kruger Brothers

The Kruger Brothers invited everyone on stage to play their own musical instruments and perform ‘Oh Susanna’ The set was opened by Uwe Kruger singing special words for Greg and Janet Deering that were written by Steve Noon in celebration of their forty years of banjo making. The ‘Oh Susanna’ set was filmed and can be watched by following this link to YouTube.

Oh Susanna

All the way from Tullamore in Ireland, the brilliant multi talented JigJam took to the stage late afternoon and gave us an amazing performance of songs and tunes on both 5-string and tenor banjo, guitars, double bass and fiddle! The crowd were knocked out, there was even dancing in the aisles in the afternoon! Such energetic talent from three superb musicians Jamie McKeogh – Guitar, lead vocal, tenor banjo Daithi Melia – 5-string banjo, vocal, high strung guitar, bass Cathal Guinan – Double bass, Fiddle and guitar. We’re inundated with requests to bring them back again!


Now living in County Clare, Ireland, the mighty Bill Forster came all the way over to be with us on the day and host a brilliant Bluegrass Banjo Workshop. Well known in the UK bluegrass and festival scene for many years, it was excellent for us to see Bill back on his own soil and enjoy Bill passing on the secrets of his banjo skills throughout the day.

Bill Forster Bluegrass banjo workshop

When the main event room closed in preparation for the evening concert, our long standing friend Joe Mac did a fantastic job organising and running the Cafe picking session. Joe of the Old Grey Dogs is now an Eagle Banjo Event veteran, coming back each year,Joe has run the picking session and given us some great on stage performances over the years.

Joe Mac picking session at the Deering Banjos 40th anniversary celebration with Eagle Music Shop

The doors re-opened in the main venue at 7.00 pm for what was to be a musically moving and memorable night. The atmosphere was electric in anticipation of the show to follow.

Oh Boy! the fantastic JigJam walked on stage at 7.30pm in support of the Kruger Brothers. The forty minutes that followed were filled with passion, drive and excellent musicianship. The vocals, harmony, arrangements and instrumental musicianship were a breath of fresh air from three multi talented youthful musicians from Tullamore, To say we were all knocked out is an understatement! The lads made many friends after the show and signed dozens of their debut CD ‘Oh Boy!’ You can get yourself the JigJam ‘Oh Boy! CD by clicking on this link. Highly recommended.

JigJam on stage at Eagle Music event

During the interval, all the fantastic high-value instrument raffle prizes were won and claimed. The prizes included an Eastman Mandolin, an Ohana Ukulele and a Tanglewood dreadnought guitar.

Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering addressed the audience to introduce the highlight of the evening ‘The Kruger Brothers in Concert’. Before the introduction they surprised Steve Noon by presenting him with Serial Number 0001 of a new Deering Banjo model ‘The White Oak’!
This new model will come into production in 2016.

Deering Present Eagle Music with White Oak banjo

The Deering family then went on to congratulate all the Eagle Music team on their ninth consecutive year as the number one world dealership for the Deering banjo company. The beautiful engraved maple plaque pictured below is engraved with words that confirm that Eagle Music sold more Deering Banjos in the past year than the largest retail store chain in America! and that Eagle Music have now sold over 3,700 Deering banjos worldwide! Wow!

Deering present Eagle Music with None Year Annsiversary plaque

Steve surprised Greg and Janet by presenting them with a carved Eagle with a brass plate. The brass plate is engraved with special congratulation on their forty years of excellence building banjos. The framed verse written by Steve is also in celebration of their forty years in banjo making.

Greg and Janet Deering presentation from eagle Music

Greg Deering introduced The Kruger Brothers in Concert. Their performance can only be described as moving and magical, weaving and mixing Uwe’s masterly vocals and excellent guitar playing with the virtuoso banjo playing of his brother Jens Kruger and harmonious bass playing of Joel Landsberg. The sound system was mastered with precision by the great Bernie Velluti. Two standing ovations and two encores closed the evening. The crowd called for more!!! You can check out the Kruger Brothers CD collection by following this link.

Kruger Brothers on Stage playing to a packed house Kruger Brothers on stage

Steve thanked the artists and the crowd for coming, and is now wondering ‘how can we beat that for next year?

Banjo Nine ‘Deering 40th Anniversary Event’ Raffle Draw

Many congratulations to our lucky raffle winners on Saturday night of the Tanglewood Crossroads Guitar and the Eastman MD305 mandolin. The Mainland All Solid Mahogany Tenor Ukulele is yet to be claimed, the winning ticket number is GREEN 173. If you are the lucky owmer of this ticket please get in touch with us to claim your prize. You have until Friday 27th November to claim your ukulele, after which we will offer the uke as a prize on our Facebook. A huge thank you again to our raffle sponsors- Tanglewood Guitars, Mainland Ukuleles and Eastman Instruments.


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