Mumford & Sons, Taylor Swift, The Brit Awards and Eagle Banjos

What a great night for the humble banjo at the 2013 Brit awards! It was awesome to see Winston Marshall ‘rocking it out’ and playing our namesake banjo model, the Deering Eagle II 5-string banjo during their live performance at the awards. To enhance the on stage performances of Winston’s banjo and give it the power to keep up to electric guitars bass and drums, Winston’s Eagle II Deering banjo is fitted with the superb Kavanjo electro acoustic banjo head pick up system.

If you were at the awards or watched the ITV show on Tuesday February 20th you will have seen Mumford and Sons win the award for the best British group!

Mumford & Sons

Coming from the West of London here in the UK, the brilliant folk rock band Mumford & Sons was formed in December 2007 and consists of multi instrumentalists Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, drums), Winston Marshall (vocals, banjo, guitars, resonator guitar), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboards, accordion, drums) and Ted Dwayn (vocals, upright bass, guitar, drums).

Winston Marshall

Mumford & Sons received two Grammy Award nominations in December 2010 for Best New Artist and Best Rock Song. The bands second studio album ‘Babel’ was released in September 2012 and was the fastest selling album of 2012 in the UK reaching number one in both the UK and USA charts. The album also went on to win ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

Watch this space for more information on the Mumford & Sons ‘Gentlemen of The Road Stopover’ in Lewes, England on July 19th-20th.

Mumford and Sons

The Deering Eagle II banjo that Winston Marshall plays was named in respect of Eagle Music’s dedicated passion towards Deering Banjos. The serial number one Eagle II banjo was presented to Steve Noon our company owner, by Greg and Janet Deering at the Eagle Music Banjo 1000 event on Saturday March 20th 2010.

Steve Noon awarded with Eagle II Banjo

Another Deering banjo endorsee who gave a stunning performance at the 2013 Brit awards was the USA’s own superstar Taylor Swift. Taylor stunned everyone during her performance at the 2012 Grammy awards when she performed with her Deering Boston B6 6-string banjo. The Deering Boston B6 that Taylor plays is also fitted with the powerful Kavanjo electro acoustic banjo head pick up system. Taylor was the winner of two Grammy awards in 2012 for best country solo performance and best country song.

Taylor Swift

The Eagle II and the Boston B6 string Deering banjos are stock models that are available from Eagle Music shop. The Kavanjo pick up system is also available from Eagle Music and can be fitted to most banjos that are designed to be fitted with an 11” head.