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‘Banjo 12’ – 2019 Update – News – Artists – Performances

The ‘Banjo Event of The Year’ takes place on May 11th 2019

Dear Friends,
Here is our ‘Banjo 12’ latest update, Join us at The North Light Gallery (behind Eagle Music Shop), Brooke’s Mill, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, HD4 7NR …to celebrate Eagle Music’s 12th consecutive year as the #1 world dealership for the Deering Banjo Company, USA. Things are really hotting up for our celebrations.

Here is a brief outline of the arrangements for the day. Don’t miss out !!! TIMETABLE TO FOLLOW

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What’s happening at ‘Banjo 12’?

A fantastic day of banjo teaching workshops, on-stage banjo presentations, jamming sessions and world class on-stage performances from some of the world’s most respected players in the banjo world. The all-day event will be packed with a fusion of world class music including the best of American and Irish …All topped off with a showcase evening concert.

Showcase Evening Concert …

 

All the way from North Carolina, USA the awesome Kruger Brothers
Jens Kruger 5-string banjo virtuoso, Uwe Kruger guitar/vocals master, Joel Landsberg bass virtuoso

Kruger Brothers at Banjo 12

Support Artists …

The Kruger Brothers will be supported by Damien O’Kane Irish tenor banjo ace, guitarist and singer with David Kosky (Guitars) and Cormac Byrne (Bodhran)

Damien O'Kane at Eagle Music Banjo 12 2019

 

Meet the Makers …

 

Interact throughout the day with the world’s master banjo makers
‘The Deering Banjo Co’ Greg, Janet & Jamie Deering ‘The Deering Family’

The Deering Family Greg Janet and Jamie Deering at Banjo 12 2019 Eagle Music
Guests of Honour: Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering will be giving advice and Greg will be working as always on your banjo set-ups throughout the day.

Greg Deering at Banjo 12 Eagle Music 2019
Picture: Greg Deering

Afternoon On-Stage Performances …

Kruger Brothers: On-Stage Performance Workshop
The awesome Kruger Brothers will talk us through ‘How they put their music together and perform it on stage’.

Kruger Brothers at Banjo 12 Eagle Music 2019

Kruger Brothers on Stage workshop Banjo 12 at Eagle Music
Picture: Kruger Brothers on-stage afternoon Performance Workshop

Special on-stage Presentation …

Pete Seeger ‘100th Birthday Celebration Tribute’ : Presented on-stage by Pat Kelleher and Greg Deering

Pat and Greg will jointly host this on-stage Long Neck Banjo presentation in tribute to the Daddy of the Long Neck Banjo Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27th 2014)

Both Pat and Greg have had their lives touched by Pete Seeger, they are both lovers and players of the Long Neck Banjo and as such they both had a personal contact with Pete Seeger. Pat and Greg will talk about their long neck banjo experiences, tell stories of their meetings with Pete, demonstrate and play long neck banjos on stage during their presentation.

Pat Kelleher at Banjo 12 2019 Eagle Music
Picture: Pat Kelleher

Pat Kelleher and Pete Seeger
Picture: Pete Seeger and Pat Kelleher pictured outside the front door to Pete’s house in Beacon, New York, July 2009

Greg Deering Long Neck Banjo
Picture: Greg Deering relaxing in the comfort of his own home and playing his beloved Deering Vega Long Neck Banjo

Pete Seeger Iconic Banjo Head
Picture: Pete Seeger’s Iconic Banjo Head

On-Stage afternoon Performance …

‘Banjo Jen’ Yorkshire’s all-singin’, all dancin’ badass banjo-pickin’ girl’.

Sheffield singer-songwriter ‘Banjo Jen’ will be on-stage and perform in the afternoon …“all-singin’, all-dancin’, badass banjo-pickin’ girl”. Playing her style of frailing banjo and singing her original songs, weaving clever lyrics with catchy melodies.
(See below for more details of Jen.)

Banjo Jen at Banjo 12
Picture: Banjo Jen

Banjo Jen at Banjo 12 2019 Eagle Music
Picture: Banjo Jen

 

On-Stage Jam with the Kruger Brothers to be filmed for YouTube …

 

Group Jam Banjo 12 Eagle Music

Everyone is welcomed on stage to play a group jam after the Kruger Brothers on-stage workshop (2019 Tunes to be announced)

 

Banjo Teaching Workshops …

Damien O’Kane – Irish Tenor Banjo Masterclass – Improvers /Advanced – Ticket Entrance Only – Private Room Group Workshop.

Damien O'Kane at Banjo 12 2019 Irish Tenor Banjo Workshop

Damien is a much sought after, highly respected musician and accomplished Irish tenor banjo player and teacher. Damien O’Kane continues a long tradition of Irish traditional music within the O’Kane family which can be tracked back generations in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. The much acclaimed Irish Tenor Banjo CD ‘Mystery Inch’ recorded with guitarist David Kosky and other highly respected guest musicians is hallmarked as a milestone Irish tenor banjo album. Damien also toured and recorded with master USA 5-string banjo virtuoso Ron Block in 2018 and recorded the much acclaimed ‘Banjophony’ album.
Join Damien in this beginners / improvers workshop, and take this opportunity to have some of Damien’s playing skills handed-down to you by the man himself.

Graham Holt– 5-string banjo beginners / improvers – Private room group workshop (FREE ENTRANCE …to the first twenty applicants …Please call and put your name on the list.)

Graham Holt Banjo Workshop
A key man at Eagle Music, Graham is a seasoned musician with years of experience both on and off stage playing both Banjo and Guitar …Graham is our in-house banjo teacher and during his workshop he will set you on the right track if you are an absolute beginner, or pass on valuable tips and advice if you are an accomplished banjo player.

Matt Chaffer – On stage afternoon demonstration of electric banjos and explanations of pick-ups and amplification.

Matt at Banjo 12

Matt is a key member of the Eagle Music team and also a part time gigging musician. Here Matt will demonstrate and explain the different types of electric banjos that are used for differing styles and genres of music …Matt will explain the different types of pick-ups and amplifiers that are used in the banjo world …and will be available throughout the day to answer any of your questions after the presentation.

Customer of The Year Presentation …

 

The evening will also include:
‘Eagle Music’s Customer of the Year presentation’ – It could be you in 2019?

Customer of the year banjo 12
Rachel reads out ‘Customer of the Year’ presentation to Tom Jenkins at our Banjo 10 celebration

 

Eagle Music ‘Yearly Raffle Draw’ …

Amazing value musical instrument prizes sponsored by Eagle Music, Eastman Strings, Mainland Ukuleles and Tanglewood Guitars

Special Guests at the Event…

Howard ‘Shep’ Shepherd, Bill Forster, Joe ‘The old Grey Dog’ Mac, and so much more throughout the day …

Shep at Banjo 12
Howard: ‘Shep’ Shepherd: ‘Mr Plectrum Banjo’ recently celebrating fifty years of professional banjo playing! Howard ‘Shep’ will be with us on the day and be around to mingle with visitors, tell his amazing banjo stories and give advice where you may ask him for it!

Continuing the theme of recent years, we welcome the return of Joe Mac and Bill Forster to run the picking sessions throughout the day

Joe mac at Banjo 12
Picture: Joe Mac

Bill Forster at Banjo 12
Picture: Bill Forster

Picking Sessions: Join Joe ‘The Old Grey Dog’ Mac’ and Bill Forster for jamming sessions throughout the day

Jam Session at Banjo 12

 

Eagle Music’s ‘Special Celebration Discount Prices on The Day’.

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.
It will be a golden opportunity to personally meet and interact with some of the world’s greatest icons in the banjo and traditional music world.

We look forward to celebrating ‘Banjo 12’ with you.

Steve, Rachel and the Eagle Music Team.

Eagle Music Team at Banjo 12 2019 The North Light Gallery Huddersfield

More Details about the Artists that will be with us on the Day…

A small Part of the Deering Banjos Story:
Greg Deering began learning woodworking from his father at the age of two by watching him build model airplanes. Growing up in San Diego, he received his first tools and tool box which he had carefully laid out in his wagon on his third birthday. Many of these tools he still has today. That is how important this was to him. It was a career in the making.
At the age of 13, Greg purchased his first banjo by investing pay from his paper route into a used banjo. He learned to play Kingston Trio songs on his banjo with his best friend Tom playing guitar.
Greg made his first banjo as an industrial arts major at San Diego State College. In 1970, at 19 years of age he joined other enterprising young college students at the American Dream Co-Op and began doing instrument repairs and building banjos. This co-op would become the birth place of at least four now world renowned instrument manufacturers – a true tribute to the concept of the American dream! The American dream became the theme of Greg’s life when he and Janet started the Deering Banjo Company in 1975 as a family business. Together they not only raised two children but built, piece by piece, the Deering banjo factory.
Today, over 40 years later, the Deering Banjo Company has seen many a milestone including the launch of the Goodtime Series in 1997, the relocation to a new 18,000 sq.ft. premises in 2001 and the launch of the Eagle II in 2009, a breakthrough in banjo tone with the development of the new Twenty-Ten™ tone ring.
In its young 41 year life, Deering has delivered the finest hand built American instruments to over 100,000 happy musicians and counting… one banjo at a time.

The Kruger Brothers:
Originally from Switzerland, where the trio first formed, Jens Krüger and Uwe Krüger later moved to Wilkes County, NC. The brothers began playing North American folk music at an early age and were particularly inspired by recordings of Doc Watson, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and other progenitors of country, bluegrass and folk music. Their first public performances were as a duo, busking on the streets of cities throughout eastern and western Europe. Later, after gaining a recording contract as well as a radio show on SRG SSR, the Swiss public broadcaster, they teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, inaugurating a trio that has been playing professionally together since 1995. Landsberg is an American citizen from New York, NY. The first recording project to include Landsberg was Behind the Barn, Vol. 2, which was released in 1997.
Today the group is highly regarded within the world of acoustic music in North America, in particular by those within the industry. They have also gained the attention of some of the musicians, including Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Tut Taylor, and Bobby Hicks, that once served as models. Watson once remarked that, “The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I’ve ever played with. … I love to play music with them.”

Damien O’Kane:
Irish musician and singer Damien O’Kane is a musician of many talents. He’s a singer, a superb one too with a relaxed assured vocal style that exudes a natural warmth and empathy with the colourful characters who occupy his songs.
He’s also a brilliant, award winning banjo player, a fine guitarist, and an ingenious arranger. Not to mention an accomplished tunemaker, researcher, bandleader and accompanist of rich imagination and fearless vision.

Steeped in music, Damien grew up in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Touring the world with his very own family band, he developed a deep respect and understanding of the folk tradition but also forged a healthy appetite to explore its broadest borders and test its boundaries.
Having already been nominated twice in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, in 2016 his ‘groundbreaking’ album AREAS OF HIGH TRAFFIC was nominated for the prestigious ‘Album of the Year’. Radical and revelatory, this was his first solo record in five years, sending traditional Irish songs reeling into a contemporary soundscape.

‘A bold and inventive set that could well become a crossover commercial success.’ – 4* The Guardian The songs Damien chooses are mainly rooted in his homeland and several have long been part of the fabric of Irish music, recorded numerous times down the years – but never like this. Steeped in tradition he may be, but he also has a thoroughly modern take on folk song and, in league with his outstanding co-conspirators (Steven Iveson on electric guitar, Anthony Davis on keyboards, Steven Byrnes on guitars and Josh Clark on drums and
percussion), he brings a treasure trove of fresh ideas and radically original arrangements to the table.

Now the master musician, songwriter and vocalist is back to continue that unorthodox musical adventure on his third solo record – and this time the Yorkshire-based Ulsterman is out for revenge! Avenging and Bright, released December 8, 2017, picked up the progressive cudgel once more with heartfelt songs from his Irish homeland mixed in with some English and original songs too – one written by wife Kate Rusby.

Another rapier-sharp release it once again ambushes the tradition and tempts it into undiscovered realms, whilst always staying true to the songs’ roots. The scene is set by the album’s Game of Thrones style cover with a kingly Mr. O’Kane ready for battle!
Bold and unflinching in its course, the 11-track album takes its title from what is deemed to be one of the three tragic stories of the Irish which Damien found in the 19th century book The Songs of Ireland. He has penned the tune to complement the words of Irish poet Thomas Moore. Slickly produced by O’Kane, he plays electric and acoustic tenor guitar and his outstanding trademark tenor banjo. Within the realms of Avenging & Bright, there are lush, innovative other-worldly soundscapes wrapped carefully around traditional Irish songs like Bright Flowers, Poor Stranger and opening number Boston City.

Soaring electric guitars, luxurious programmed percussion and O’Kane’s rich and distinctive Northern Irish brogue prove a captivating, spectacular mix.
Released on the Pure Records label on December 8, Avenging & Bright gets right under the skin of traditional
Irish and English folk seducing it into the realms of rock, pop, jazz and world music – never predictable, always an exciting and uplifting voyage of discovery delivered by one of the most fearless and clever conjurors of modern folk music.
“Another gem of an album from Damien who has found a way of effortlessly harnessing state-of-the-art recordings and technology with a deep understanding of his traditional roots’ Sublime.’ – Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2/6 Music ‘Great musicianship and a lovely way with the songs. Seriously well produced. Should be one of the top ten albums of 2017’ – Mike Harding
Damien continues to tour extensively with wife, Kate Rusby and her band playing his array of stringy things! He has produced Rusby’s last three acclaimed records and was described by BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley as a ‘sonic architect’ following his bold influence on Kate’s music and his own. Summer 2018 seen the release of a much anticipated duo banjo record ‘Banjophony’ with Ron Block, Alison Krauss’ banjo and guitar player and singer since 1991, Block picking up no less than 14 Grammy’s along the way. Banjophony is a perfect melding of American and Irish banjo styles and techniques which has been hailed one of the top Instrumental albums of 2018. ‘Album of the month’ – GUARDIAN, July 2018
‘An album of incredibly captivating music’ – FRUK Having been friends for many years and fans of each other’s plucking and picking skills Ron & Damien recorded Banjophony and set off on their hugely successful debut tour of the UK in summer 2018. The record is not only
inventive and unique, it also includes a stellar list of A-Grade guests from either side of the pond such as Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Barry Bales on bass, Sierra Hull on mandolin and Mike McGoldrick on whistles and flutes. A true talent at glossing the old with the new, O’Kane’s distinctive music looks set to be around for a very long time. January 2019
https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=damien+o%27kane+mystery+inch+youtube&view=detail&mid=38304553434279232FCD38304553434279232FCD&FORM=VIRE

David Kosky:
Ace guitarist, composer and acompaniest David Kosky will be with us at ‘Banjo 12’ to accompany Damien O’Kane and support the Kruger Brothers in the evening concert along with Cormac Byrne on Bodhran.

David is a writer of fine tunes, he penned the jig which is the title track to the much acclaimed David Kosky & Damien O’Kane banjo album ‘The Mystery Inch’. David also wrote two other excellent tunes on this fine album.

David’s laid back style of accompaniment is both subtle and driving, with harmony and invention bringing the best out in the music.

Cormac Byrne:
Cormac Byrne is a bodhrán player and percussionist from Waterford, Ireland and is now based in the UK. He has received many awards for his work including The BBC Young Folk Award and was winner of the BBC Fame Academy Education Bursary in 2006.
Cormac has appeared at numerous festivals around the world and has toured extensively. Primarily playing with Mercury Music Prize Nominee, Seth Lakeman, he was also a founder member of BBC award winning band, Uiscedwr. His versatility has seen him in much demand across many genres, both live and in the studio, from Traditional Irish and Folk, World Music, Classical, Jazz and Pop.
He has worked with the multi award winning Backbeat Percussion Quartet, Les Commandos Percu, Fidget Feet Performance Company, Show of Hands, Michael McGoldrick, Solas, Pól Brennan (Clannad), Soumik Datta (Indian Sarod virtuoso), Ashley MacIsaac, Kefaya, Giuliano Modarelli, Damien O’Kane, Andrew Dinan, Emma Sweeney, Cara, Ducie, Val Doonican, The Priests, Simon Emmerson, Lisbee Stainton, O’Hooley Tidow, Jesse Banister, Declan Bennett, Neil Yates 5 Countries Trio, Craig Owen (Duel), Baltic Crossing and orchestras such as Scottish Chamber, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and RTÉ Concert. He was recently approached to perform with Irish super-group, The Chieftains.
He has appeared on TV and Radio many times including performances on MTV, BBC’s Top of The Pops, BBC Breakfast, GMTV, Sharon Osbourne Show, Sky Arts, BBC Alba, RTE, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and RTE Lyric FM. He recently recorded music for BBC Film series ‘Inspector George Gently’ and UK’s Channel 4 series ‘The Mill’. He worked with James Divine (the world’s fastest tap dancer) on the international touring show ‘Tapeire’ and with Damien Barber on the dance show ‘The Lock In’.

Pat Kelleher:
Pat Kelleher who hails from Dripsey, County Cork, Ireland is an accomplished musician and singer and has played and sung for over 30 years and is now renowned in Ireland and abroad for his folk singing and in particular his Long Neck five string Banjo Playing in many styles.
Pat has performed in theatres and festivals all over Ireland and has toured in the USA, Germany, Switzerland and the UK.

He has had many influences during his life, notably Luke Kelly of The Dubliners, Tommy Makem, Christy Moore, Pete Seeger, Furey Brothers, Peggy Seeger, Stan Rogers, Eric Bogle, Tom Paxton to name but a few. Pat has performed with many of the artists afore mentioned.
He has been sought after as a session musician for recording and has recorded some material himself, home produced. These CD’s are now available for purchase and download from this site. Click here.
Pat has been fortunate to have travelled as a guest musician to the UK, USA and Germany and all over Ireland.
He specialises on the long neck banjo invented by the great folk icon Pete Seeger. He teaches the 5-string banjo and frequently gives banjo workshops on both the clawhammer and long neck folk styles.
If you want to contact Pat directly, email to pat@longneckmusic.com
For all other enquiries, email info@longneckmusic.com

Banjo Jen: Yorkshire’s all-singin’, all dancin’ badass banjo-pickin’ girl’.
Sheffield singer-songwriter Banjo Jen is the “all-singin’, all-dancin’, badass banjo-pickin’ girl”. Using banjo as the lead instrument for her original songs, weaving clever lyrics with catchy melodies, and incorporating Appalachian step-dancing and Yorkshire charm and humour into her sets, she’s beginning to make waves on the UK Americana and folk scenes. Her debut EP ‘Lost & Found’ was released in 2018, reviewed by Maverick magazine as ‘smart and sassy…a distinctly promising debut’. She was also selected twice to represent the Americana Music Association UK at Red Rooster festival and The Long Road festival in 2018.

Playing the traditional ‘frailing’ style of banjo, she is influenced by aspects of folk, country, blues and ‘old-time’ American music. Whilst bringing a contemporary edge to her root-based sound, a strong sense of these traditional influences can be heard in Jen’s original songs; songs of sinning and straying, of characters and conflicts, of running from the law and of running from yourself. As Dolly Parton says, ‘We’re all just a bunch of sinners, but we do the best we can’.

Between the highly original songs, the traditional percussive step-dancing and the Yorkshire ‘gift of the gab’, Banjo Jen’s refreshingly original act is always guaranteed to entertain. There’s a lot more to come from this banjo-pickin’ girl, so grab yer cowboy boots and come along for the ride!

‘Scorpion’ Silvio Ferretti Banjo Bridges in Stock at Eagle…

We are delighted to add to our listings and offer  Silvio Ferretti fine hand-crafted ‘Scorpion’ banjo bridges here at Eagle Music. Please see below for details and specification …

4-String bridges available from Eagle Music in the following heights 1/2″ (.500″) 5/8″ (.625″)

and 5-string available from Eagle Music in the following heights … 5/8″ (.625″) 21/32″ (.656″) 11/16″ (.687″) and 3/4″ (.750″)

Scorpion banjo bridge

Please CLICK HERE to view types and sizes available on our website

Produced in Italy by Master Craftsman Silvio Ferretti …The ‘Scorpion’ Banjo Bridges are Hand-Crafted from the finest aged and seasoned, tight grained European maple which is tipped with seasoned dense black ebony. They are worked to exacting angles and tolerances to produce the finest crisp, warm, clear tone and produces maximum volume from your banjo. The bridges are precisely pre-slotted for standard spacing on a 5-String and 4-String Banjos. Also ‘Crow Spacing’ bridges  are available for 5-string players. The choice of many professionals.

A Note From Silvio Ferretti …

Dear Banjo Player,
if you are a discriminating player, no matter if you’ve got a 30 plus years experience on the banjo (like me) or not, you will surely agree about the importance of the bridge in determining the sound, in all of its components: response, volume, tone and so on.
My Scorpion Banjo Bridge is a synthesis of some designs I have studied (great bridges from the hands of Snuffy Smith, Dave Wadsworth, Joel Aderhold and others), filtered by the rules that traditional luthiery has developed and followed for centuries in building bridges for bowed instruments. During my luthier apprenticeship at the shop I work at (Airenti & Lowenberger in Genova, Italy), I’ve had the opportunity to analyze old and modern bridges for violin, viola, cello, string bass, and baroque string instruments, and I’ve put that knowledge to use in the Scorpion Bridge.
For my “regular” bridges I choose only high quality Balkan maple, centuries old, seasoned, evenly and mostly tightly grained, and I air-dry it myself. The ebony I use for tops is some of the most dense and hard you will ever find. I always quarter-saw my bridge blanks, which may results in some “waste” of wood, but ensures that the grain be correct in each bridge I build. All these factors are essential for the sound.
I offer my bridges in all possible (reasonable) heights: 1/2″, 19/32”, 5/8”, 21/32” (.656”), 11/16”, and 3/4” (and practically any height in between…). You can get them unslotted, notched to standard or wide (“J.D. Crowe”) string spacing, notched to custom spacings of your choice, with or without intonation compensation for the 3rd string. Other options I offer on special order include different woods (treated maple, sunken maple or birch, walnut, plane, pear, cherry, also purple ebony or snakewood for the tops) for different tonal flavors. I’m always more than willing to build custom bridges for customers who have clear ideas about the sound they want to get from their banjo: after all, getting the most from a banjo is the reason I started building bridges in the first place.

Tickets on Sale for ‘Banjo 12’ – Deering Kruger Eagle UK Banjo Event

It’s now 12 …High Noon folks! …We are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for our ‘Banjo 12’ event that will take place at the North Light Gallery Huddersfield, May 11th 2019

Please click on this link to buy tickets

Join us along with Greg and Janet Deering, Jamie Deering, Kruger Brothers and a host of musicians to celebrate

Eagle Music’s twelve amazing years as the Worlds greatest banjo supplier and master dealership.

A day of on-stage performances, workshops and picking sessions all topped off with an evening showcase concert with The Kruger Brothers and support artists!

Please Note: Please buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment …Previous events have all been ‘sold out’! Limited places.

A full list of artists and timetable will be announced nearer the event date.

Bring it on!

Steve, Rachel and the Eagle Music Team, October 2018

Greg Janet and Jamie Deering with the Kruger Brothers

 

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Deering 11 Years Award to Eagle Music …

A big sincere hearty ‘Thank You’ to Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering for travelling all the way from San Diego, California, USA to be with us at our ‘Banjo 11’ Anniversary event to celebrate Eagle Music’s amazing eleven consecutive years as the #1 world dealership for Deering Banjos.

Deering present eagle Mussic with plaque at banjo 11

We were delighted to receive the beautiful carved maple plaque that was presented to Eagle Music at the interval of the Kruger Brothers evening concert …Also the four string ‘Irish Tuned’ Goodtime ‘Mandoline’ Banjo that was presented to our founder Steve Noon.

Deering present Steve Noon with uke banjo at Banjo 11

 

‘Thank You’ Greg, Janet and Jamie …for the continued supply of the finest quality world class banjos, which makes it possible for Eagle Music to make magic daily with our delighted customers! …Here’s to many more years working together for the magic of the banjo.

Deering Banjos Award to Eagle Music

A big sincere hearty ‘Thank You’ to Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering for travelling all the way from San Diego, California, USA to be with us at our ‘Banjo 11’ Anniversary event to celebrate Eagle Music’s amazing eleven consecutive years as the #1 world dealership for Deering Banjos.

Deering present eagle Mussic with plaque at banjo 11

We were delighted to receive the beautiful carved maple plaque that was presented to Eagle Music at the interval of the Kruger Brothers evening concert …Also the four string Goodtime ‘Mandoline’ Banjo that was presented to Steve Noon.

Deering present Steve Noon with uke banjo at Banjo 11

‘Thank You’ Greg, Janet and Jamie …for the continued supply of the finest quality world class banjos, which makes it possible for Eagle music to make magic daily with our delighted customers! …Here’s to many more years working together for the magic of the banjo.

Raffle Prize Winners at Banjo 11

 

 

Banjo 11 Update – Jan 20th – News – Artists – The Banjo Event of The Year 2018

The Banjo Event of The Year at Eagle Music ‘Banjo 11’ February 24th 2018

Dear Friends, here is our ‘Banjo 11’ latest update,  Things are really hotting up here at Eagle Music for our 2018 Banjo 11 celebrations, here is a brief outline of the arrangement for the day. Don’t miss out !!!     TIMETABLE TO FOLLOW

Have you Booked Your Ticket ? tickets are selling fast – Please Click Here For Availability
* Your ticket will be on the door when you arrive … just give your name at the door*

Banjo 11 artists Poster

Join us to celebrate Eagle Music’s 11th consecutive year as the #1 world dealership for the Deering Banjo Company, USA.

What’s happening?
A fantastic day of banjo workshops, on-stage banjo presentations, jamming sessions and world class performances from some of the world’s most respected players in the banjo world. The all-day event will be packed with a fusion of world class music including the best of American and Irish topped off with an evening concert from the awesome Kruger Brothers, supported by Angelina Carberry, Dan Brouder & Brian Mooney with special guest Brian McGrath

When and Where is it Happening?
Saturday February 24th 2018 at The North Light Gallery (behind Eagle Music Shop), Brooke’s Mill, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, HD4 7NR

Who will be there?
The Deering Family – The World’s #1 Banjo Makers along with the awesome Kruger Brothers – Jens Kruger 5-string banjo virtuoso, Uwe Kruger guitar/vocals master, Joel Landsberg bass virtuoso, Angelina Carberry Irish tenor banjo virtuoso & Dan Brouder Button Accordion wizard, Brian Mooney bouzouki / tenor banjo master, Brian McGrath virtuoso tenor banjo, mandolin and piano keybord master, Jonny Hulme 5-String banjo ace, and much more fun and world class banjo music throughout the day!!! Special guests: Howard ‘Shep’ Shepherd, Pat Kelleher, Bill Forster, Joe ‘The old Grey Dog’ Mac, Dave Teague BBMA and so much more!

Meet the Makers:
Interact throughout the day with the world’s master banjo makers …Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering, The Deering Banjo Co, USA

Meet the Teachers:
Angelina Carberry – Irish Tenor Banjo – Private room group workshop (Ticket entrance)
Jonny Hulme – 5-string banjo melodic and Celtic styles – On-stage workshop
Matt Chaffer – On-Stage Demonstration and Explanation of the Different Types of Banjo and differing Banjo Styles

Kruger Brothers – On-stage afternoon performance workshop

The Evening Concert Artists:
Kruger Brothers
Concert support Artists: Angelina Carberry, Dan Brouder & Brian Mooney with Brian McGrath

Guests of Honour:
Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering will be here with us throughout the day to celebrate with us.

Greg will be giving advice and working as always on your banjo set-ups throughout the day!

Greg Deering Banjo Set up

The Evening Proceedings:
The Kruger Brothers in Concert … with Jens Kruger, Uwe Kruger and Joel Landsberg

Kruger Brothers

Support Artists: Angelina Carberry, Dan Brouder & Brian Mooney with Brian McGrath

Angelina Carberry & Dan Brouder accompanied by Brian Mooney

Brian McGrath: Will perform with Angelina Carberry, Dan Brouder & Brian Mooney

The evening will also include:

‘Eagle Music’s Customer of the Year presentation’ – It could be you in 2018?

Eagle customer of the year tom jenkins

Rachel reads out last year’s ‘Customer of the Year’ presentation to Tom Jenkins at our Banjo 10 celebration

The Eagle Music Yearly Raffle Draw: …Amazing musical instrument prizes sponsored by Eagle Music, Eastman Strings, Mainland Ukuleles and Tanglewood Guitars

The Afternoon Proceedings:

Meet the Makers:
Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering – Introductory welcome to the event

Kruger Brothers: On-Stage Performance Workshop
The awesome Kruger Brothers will talk us through ‘How they put their music together and perform it on stage’.

Kruger brothers on stage workshop

‘On Stage Video Jam’ with The Kruger Brothers: – Filmed for YouTube

Banjo 10 eagle Music group jam
Everyone is welcomed on stage to sing and play ‘The Wild Rover’ ‘G’, play ‘The Rakes of Mallow’
a little easy polka in the key of ‘G’ – from the film ‘The Quiet Man’
and Play  ‘The Star of Munster’ tune led by Jens Kruger.

Afternoon Banjo Workshops:

Angelina Carberry: Irish Tenor Banjo Workshop Masterclass – Improvers /Advanced- (Workshop Ticket Only)

Angleina Carberry banjo workshop
A much sought after, highly respected and accomplished Irish tenor banjo teacher. Angelina Carberry continues a long tradition of handed-down Irish traditional music within the Carberry family which goes back generations in County Longford, Ireland. Angelina is without question one of the finest Irish tenor banjo players that has graced modern times. Angelina has amazing technique and playing skills, solid rhythm, beautiful interpretation of the tune and subtle placement of musical ornaments within the tunes that she plays …all these qualities make Angelina’s playing so very special, Steve Noon, Eagle Music.

Join Angelina in this beginners / improvers workshop, and take this opportunity to have some of Angelina’s playing skills handed-down to you.

Jonny Hulme: On-Stage Banjo Workshop – An Introduction to Celtic Style Playing on the 5-String Banjo
Poster for Banjo 11 with the Deering Banjo Company and the Kruger Brothers
Jonny is highly regarded in the UK as one of the most experienced, versatile, and creative banjo players of the modern era, and those that have already caught Jonny at a concert or workshop will know what we’re talking about! Jonny has actively taught for over twenty years, and takes immense pride and joy in the process of communicating and getting across to his students, to the best of his ability, all that is involved in his playing style of 5-string banjo.

Matthew Chaffer: On-Stage Demonstration and Explanation of Differing Banjos and Banjo Styles
Banjo 11 Matt Chaffer

Matt is a key member of the  Eagle Music team and also a part time gigging musician.  Here Matt will demonstrate and explain the different types of banjos that are used for differing styles and genres of music …Matt will explain the differences ‘in banjo terms’ between Bluegrass, Clawhammer, Frailing, Jazz, Plectrum Banjo, Irish Tenor banjo and Ukulele banjo …and will be available throughout the day to answer any of your questions after the presentation.

CD Launch: ‘A Waltz for Joy’ – Angelina Carberry & Dan Brouder 
A special feature of the afternoon, will be the on-stage launch of ‘A Waltz for Joy’ the critically acclaimed ‘Banjo & Box’ CD by Irish Tenor Banjo virtuoso Angelina Carberry  and Button Accordion wizard Dan Brouder …Angelina and Dan will be accompanied by Brian McGrath & Brian Mooney.

A Waltz for Joy CD Launch Angelina Carberry and Dan Brouder Dan Brouder and Angelina Carberry CD a Waltz for Joy

“A collection of Gems” Frankie Gavin – “This is one of the best banjo and accordion duet recordings of all time”
Connie O’Connell –

The Deering ‘Erin’ Irish Tenor Banjo Launch:
The day will also see the launch of a brand-new range of ‘Erin’ Irish tenor banjos built by the Deering Banjo Company and exclusive to Eagle Music.

Click this link to see more ‘Erin’ Irish Tenor Banjos.

Erin Doolin Special Banjo deering erin Irish tenor banjo headstock

 

Special Guests at the event …

Howard: ‘Shep’ Shepherd: ‘Mr Plectrum Banjo’ recently celebrating fifty years of professional banjo playing! Howard ‘Shep’ will be with us on the day and be around to mingle with visitors, tell his amazing banjo stories and give advice where you may ask him for it!

Howard Shep Shepherd plectrum banjo master

Pat Kelleher: ‘Mr Long Neck Banjo’ will be here with us on the day, Pat will host a table  of  long neck banjo tuition material, CDs etc. Pat will be available to give visitors help and advice on Long Neck Banjo playing.

Pat Kelleher long neck lbanjo teacher

David Teague:  David will be here with us on the day to review the event for the BBMA magazine …David will also represent the BBMA (British Bluegrass Music Association) and host a table giving out free BBMA magazines, pens, stickers and, of course, membership application forms!

Dave Teague british bluegrass mUSIC ASSOCIATION

Continuing the theme of recent years, we welcome the return of Joe and Bill to run the picking sessions throughout the day

Joe Mac and Bill Forster picking sessions

Picking Sessions: Join Joe ‘The Old Grey Dog’ Mac’ and Bill Forster for jamming sessions throughout the day

Eagle Music’s ‘Special Celebration Discount Prices on The Day’.
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.

It will be a golden opportunity to personally meet and interact with some of the world’s greatest icons in the banjo and traditional music world.

We look forward to celebrating ‘Banjo 11’ with you.

Steve, Rachel and the Eagle Music Team.

Eaqle Music Team Banjo 11 logo

More details about the Artists that will be with us on the day:

A small Part of the Deering Banjos Story:
Greg Deering began learning woodworking from his father at the age of two by watching him build model airplanes. Growing up in San Diego, he received his first tools and tool box which he had carefully laid out in his wagon on his third birthday. Many of these tools he still has today. That is how important this was to him. It was a career in the making.

At the age of 13, Greg purchased his first banjo by investing pay from his paper route into a used banjo. He learned to play Kingston Trio songs on his banjo with his best friend Tom playing guitar.

Greg made his first banjo as an industrial arts major at San Diego State College. In 1970, at 19 years of age he joined other enterprising young college students at the American Dream Co-Op and began doing instrument repairs and building banjos. This co-op would become the birth place of at least four now world renowned instrument manufacturers – a true tribute to the concept of the American dream! The American dream became the theme of Greg’s life when he and Janet started the Deering Banjo Company in 1975 as a family business. Together they not only raised two children but built, piece by piece, the Deering banjo factory.

Today, over 40 years later, the Deering Banjo Company has seen many a milestone including the launch of the Goodtime Series in 1997, the relocation to a new 18,000 sq.ft. premises in 2001 and the launch of the Eagle II in 2009, a breakthrough in banjo tone with the development of the new Twenty-Ten™ tone ring.

In its young 41 year life, Deering has delivered the finest hand built American instruments to over 100,000 happy musicians and counting… one banjo at a time.

The Kruger Brothers:
Originally from Switzerland, where the trio first formed, Jens Krüger and Uwe Krüger later moved to Wilkes County, NC. The brothers began playing North American folk music at an early age and were particularly inspired by recordings of Doc Watson, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and other progenitors of country, bluegrass and folk music. Their first public performances were as a duo, busking on the streets of cities throughout eastern and western Europe. Later, after gaining a recording contract as well as a radio show on SRG SSR, the Swiss public broadcaster, they teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, inaugurating a trio that has been playing professionally together since 1995. Landsberg is an American citizen from New York, NY. The first recording project to include Landsberg was Behind the Barn, Vol. 2, which was released in 1997.

Today the group is highly regarded within the world of acoustic music in North America, in particular by those within the industry. They have also gained the attention of some of the musicians, including Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Tut Taylor, and Bobby Hicks, that once served as models. Watson once remarked that, “The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I’ve ever played with. … I love to play music with them.”

Angelina Carberry:
Angelina Carberry continues a long tradition of handed-down Irish traditional music within the Carberry family which goes back generations in County Longford, Ireland. Angelina is without question one of the finest Irish tenor banjo players that has graced modern times. Angelina has amazing technique and playing skills, solid rhythm, beautiful interpretation of the tune and subtle placement of musical ornaments within the tunes that she plays …all these qualities make Angelina’s playing so very special. – Steve Noon, Eagle Music.

Angelina was born in Manchester in the late 70’s into a County Longford musical family steeped in traditional music. Starting on the tin whistle she later moved on to the tenor banjo following in the footsteps of her father Peter and Grandfather Kevin Carberry.

Angelina moved to Galway in the late 90’s where she recorded the highly acclaimed album ‘Memories from the Holla’ with her father Peter on accordion and John Blake on guitar and piano. Of this album Mairtin O’Connor said: “Simply a treasure to the ear and food for the soul”. Over the years, Angelina has developed a highly personal style with unique rhythmical characteristics. Her unmistakable banjo sound is captured on her solo 2005 CD, An Traidisún Beo, and 2014, Pluckin’ Mad reviewed by Daniel Neely of the New York Irish Echo, as ‘an album filled with enchanting music’.

Dan Brouder:
Dan Brouder is a well-respected exponent of the West Limerick accordion style from Monagae, a parish on the outskirts of Newcastle West. He learned his music in the surrounding parishes of Ardagh, Carrigkerry and Glin on the Sliabbh Luachra boundary from accordion player Donal de Barra, Athea Co.Limerick and from flute players Francis O’Connor and Donal O’Sullivan who learned their music from Peadlin Aherne, fiddle player and Pajo Gleesen flute player from the 1930’s and 40’s and whose styles are strongly bedded in West Limerick roots.

Dan Brouder & Angelina Carberry, New CD Album: ‘A Waltz for Joy’.
www.danbrouder.com
A Waltz for Joy is the first duet album from Accordion player Dan Brouder and Banjo player Angelina Carberry. Dan Brouder is a well-respected exponent of the West Limerick accordion style from Monagae, a parish on the outskirts of Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Angelina Carberry, one of the most outstanding banjo players of her generation was born in Manchester into a musical family from Co. Longford steeped in traditional music.
A Waltz for Joy is a collection of old and new music, dating back to the 1860’s, collected and complied by Canon James Goodman from Dingle, Co. Kerry, called the Tunes of the Munster Pipers. Dan and Angelina have also included newly composed tunes from Charlie Lennon, Connie O’ Connell, Richard and John Dwyer Franke Gavin and Sean nos singer Nan Tom Taimin de Burca.
They are joined by Brian McGrath on Piano, John Blake, Guitar, Brian Mooney & Ruairi McGorman, Bouzouki’s, Johnny Ringo McDonagh Bodhran, James Blennerhassett, Bass, and Siri Snortheim, Cello.
“Cd adds to famous lineage. Angelina Carberry and Dan Brouder’s “Waltz for Joy” has made a special contribution to the long line of banjo/box combinations”.
Daniel Neely, Irish Echo New York

“This is an excellent recording showing two great musicians in their prime. The Flanagan Brothers made numerous recordings of accordion and banjo throughout the 1920s and Dan and Angelina carry on this tradition. They give the instruments a sweetness of sound that would not automatically be associated with accordion and banjo duets, while at the same time injecting something different into the pairing”
Rawbar, Online Traditional Irish Music Magazine

“A collection of Gems”
Frankie Gavin

“This is one of the best banjo and accordion duet recordings of all time”
Connie O’Connell

Brian McGrath:
Brian comes from Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh, an area steeped in traditional music.

Brian’s first professional work was with Dervish. He then joined Four Men And A Dog and played on the award-winning album Barking Mad.
He moved his career on, accompanying Noel Hill, Paul Brock and Frankie Gavin, among others, before joining the Sean Keane Band as pianist.
Brian joined De Dannan where he stayed till the band broke up in 2003.

Brian now plays with At The Racket, and is much sought after as a session musician on piano, banjo and mandolin.
He has toured extensively, playing with all the biggest names in Irish traditional music, including Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill, John Carty, Matt Molloy, Paul Brock, Charlie Lennon, Joe Burke, Sean Maguire, Brian Rooney, Cathal Hayden, Joe Derrane, Arty McGlynn, Alec Finn, Alan Kelly, Angelina Carberry & Dan Brouder, Dolores Keane, Maura O’Connell, Tommy Fleming, Steve Cooney and Eleanor Shanley, as well as doing extensive TV and media work.

Brian’s Irish Tenor Banjo solo album  ‘Pure Banjo’ is much acclaimed in the traditional Irish music world, this excellent album also features Alec Finn, Arty McGlynn amongst others. Brian’s CD will be on sale at the Banjo 11 event.

Brian Mooney:
Brian Mooney originates from Brosna, Co. Kerry, an area steeped in Irish traditional music. He started learning the tin-whistle at the age of 6 and later progressed onto the banjo and bouzouki. Brian’s musical influences include Sliabh Luachra and West Limerick and later County Clare, where he lived and played regularly for a number of years.

Brian’s bouzouki accompaniment has featured on a number of albums over the past number of years. More recently Brian has been a member of the traditional group Caladh Nua and has toured America and Europe with the band.

Jonny Hulme:
Jonny is highly regarded in the UK as one of the most experienced, versatile, and creative banjo players of the modern era, and those that have already caught Jonny at a concert or workshop will know what we’re talking about! Jonny has actively taught for over twenty years, and takes immense pride and joy in the process of communicating and getting across to his students, to the best of his ability, all that is involved in his playing style of 5-string banjo

Coming from a non-musical family in south Manchester, out of the blue came an inspiration for Jonny to learn an ‘away from the norm’ instrument, and with his favourite band at the time being The Pogues, alongside fortunately having the natural ability to discern two particularly appealing sounding instruments from records, namely the banjo and mandola, he then decided to embark on the journey that has brought him to where he is today. He has enjoyed sharing the stage, recording with, and collaborating with some of world’s finest players over the years.

Jonny developed his playing style in the company of, and listening primarily to, musicians from both bluegrass and Celtic genres. The compositions he creates sit somewhere between these two musical feels.
Join Jonny for this fun and informative workshop, where he will talk you through and demonstrate his creative thinking & detailed techniques, in playing effective Celtic style tunes on 5-string. You can take away his examples, and have a crack at it yourself!

Handouts will be provided to visually aid understanding the content, and accompanying sound files will also be available to those that think they would be of benefit.

This workshop will be aimed at an easy to intermediate level of ability, with the only prerequisite being the basic ability to play ‘Scrugg’s style’ 3-finger picking rolls.

 

Kruger Brothers, Angelina Carberry & Dan Brouder at Banjo 11

‘Banjo 11’ 2018 Event With Deerings, Kruger Brothers, Angelina Carberry & Dan Brouder, Brian Mooney, Jamie Francis and so much more!

Dear Friends,
We are delighted to announce that the date has been finalised and tickets are now on sale for our ‘Banjo 11’ Celebration event on Saturday February 24th 2018 at The North Light Gallery (behind Eagle Music Shop), Brooke’s Mill, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, HD4 7NR.

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.

The all-day event will be packed with a fusion of world class music including the best of American and Irish, jam sessions, on-stage performances and demonstrations topped off with an evening concert from the awesome Kruger Brothers.

Join us along with Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering this year to celebrate Eagle Music’s 11th Anniversary as the number one world dealership for the Deering Banjo Company, USA. The event will also feature an amazing line up of world class musicians including the Kruger Brothers … Jens Kruger, Uwe Kruger and Joel Landsberg. Angelina Carberry and Dan Brouder with Brian Mooney, Jamie Francis and much more to be announced.

A special feature of the day will be an on-stage afternoon performance from Irish tenor banjo virtuoso Angelina Carberry partnered by button accordion wizard Dan Brouder and the UK launch of their critically acclaimed CD ‘a Waltz for Joy’ Angelina and Dan will be accompanied by Brian Mooney on bouzouki.

Angelina Carberry and Dan Brouder …

The day will also see the launch of a brand-new range of ‘Erin’ Irish tenor banjos built by the Deering Banjo Company and exclusive to Eagle Music.

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.

 

.reg Janet and Jamie Deering

 

It will also be an opportunity to interact and personally meet the professional musicians of the day

Brian Mooney …

Jamie Francis …


We are working on the final arrangements and timetable – to be announced

 

Steve, Rachel and the Eagle Team.

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!

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