Highlights & Photos from the Deering – Eagle ‘Banjo 2020’ event March 7th, 2020

What a wonderful day we had at Eagle-Deering’s ‘Banjo 2020’ UK celebration on March 7th, at the North Light Gallery, Huddersfield. Here are some snippets and photographs that were taken on this amazing the day.

Afternoon crowd at Eagle Deering Banjo 2020
The Afternoon Audience for the On-Stage Workshops at Eagle-Deering Banjo 2020

Eagle-Music celebrating thirteen consecutive years as the #World Dealership for the Deering Banjo Company USA.
‘Banjo 2020’ …It was a memorable day with on-stage workshops, banjo presentations, jamming sessions, and world class on-stage performances from the Kruger Brothers, Gayle Skidmore, Tilterwheel, Phrase & Fable and Matt Chaffer. We also had an excellent banjo teaching workshop from Jonny Hulme.

Greg Janet and Jamie Deering welcomed everyone to the event and gave an insight into the latest developments at the Deering Banjo Company, USA. Jamie Deering was congratulated by Greg Deering on the excellent work that Jamie is doing, in her position as the CEO (Chief Executive Officier) of the Deering Banjo Company.

Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering
Greg, Janet and Jamie Deering

The on-stage workshops began with a brilliant knowledgeable presentation from Eagle’s Matt Chaffer explaining stringed instrument ‘Accessories and Instrument Care Products’.

Rachel & Matt – Eagle Music Team
Matt Accessories and Care products banjo 2020
Eagle’s Matt Chaffer Presents ‘Accessories and Care products for Strings Instruments’
at Banjo 2020

Jonny Hulme hosted his ‘Chords, rolls, melodies, and creative thinking’ 5-string banjo workshop giving all that attended his many years of knowledge as a highly skilled master of the 5-string banjo and on-stage performing artist.

Jonny Hulme – 5-String Banjo Workshop
Banjo Workshop Worksheet

All the way from San Diego USA, but now living in the Netherlands, Gayle Skidmore’s afternoon ‘Music and Song Performance’ was stunning. Multi-talented instrumentalist Gayle played piano, 5-string banjo and ukulele banjo. Gayle held us transfixed with her beautiful pure singing voice and self -penned songs …

Gayle Skidmore
Gayle Skidmore at Banjo 2020

A special moment was when Gayle invited Jens Kruger onto the stage to join her and duet on 5-string banjo playing her moving original song ‘All My Life’. Gayle is a special artist, and she made a lot of friends at ‘Banjo 2020’.

Gayle Skidmore & Jens Kruger

The Kruger Brothers accompanied by Jody Call on percussion, treated us to a memorable afternoon on-stage performance workshop of how they put together their amazing music, arrangements and performances.

Kruger on-stage peerformance Workshop
Kruger Brothers Afternoon Workshop

Music Masters at work! The Kruger Brothers then invited everyone on stage to play a Group Jam of ‘Cripple Creek and Duelling Banjos. What a fabulous joint performance by all, video to follow.

Group jam at Deering Eagle Music Banjo 2020
Group Jam with Kruger Brothers – ‘Cripple Creek’.


Cripple Creek & Duelling Banjos – Group Jam at Banjo 2020
The Eagle Music Trade Stand Banjo 2020
Afternoon Workshops at Banjo 2020

‘Phrase and Fable’ Maria Wallace (Of True North Music) & Phil Stott closed the on-stage afternoon performances with an excellent set of songs on guitar, 5-string banjo and fiddle. 

Maria also hosted a table during the afternoon promoting ‘True North Music’.

Phrase and Fable at Banjo 2020
Phrase and Fable at Banjo 2020

All the way from Dripsey in County Cork, Ireland, Mr Long Neck Banjo Pat Kelleher hosted his ‘Long Neck Banjo’ music table throughout the day giving banjo advice and contributing to the songs and music of the day.

Pat Kelleher at Banjo 2020
Pat Kelleher at Banjo 2020

The concert room closed at 6.00pm for the interval.

Joe Mcilvenny and Bill Forster ran and led the excellent annual picking session during the evening interval. It was a brilliant, well turned out session with lots of new faces and instrumentalists joining in the tunes. Bill and Joe were on top form bouncing tunes off one another and creating a great atmosphere in the room. We also had some tidy songs and guitar accompaniment work in the session from Pat Kelleher.

Joe Mac and Bill Forster at Banjo 2020
Joe Mac and Bill Forster leading the Picking Session at Banjo 2020
Picking session banjo 2020
Picking Session at Banjo 2020

The concert room re-opened at 7.00pm for the evening concert.

‘Tilterwheel’ Jonny Hulme 5-string banjo ace and singer, Simon Brady Mandolin, Guitar Vocals Cliff Woodworth Fiddle, Guitar Vocals and Ray Walmsley Double Bass were the support artists for the concert. They gave a storming performance of Americana, bluegrass, swing, Celtic, and much more. Four brilliantly talented musicians that were much loved by all.

Tilterwheel at Eagle Deering Banjo 2020
Tilterwheel at Banjo 2020

During the interval Greg Janet and Jamie Deering congratulated Eagle Music on being their #1 International Dealer for the thirteenth consecutive year running and made a presentation of a carved mahogany plaque.

Eagle Music Award at banjo 2020
Greg Deering Presents 13 Year Award to Eagle Music at Banjo 2020
Deering award 13 Year plaque at banjo 2020 to Eagle Music
Deering award 13 Year plaque to Eagle Music at Banjo 2020
Presentation Blue Deering  Banjo Steve banjo 2020
Banjo Presentation to Steve from Greg Deering at Banjo 2020

Greg, Janet and Jamie then went on with a surprise presentation of a blue powder coated 5-string parlour size, 19 fret 5-string banjo and a personalised carved exotic wooden armrest to Steve.

Steve Noon presented with Blue Banjo at Banjo 2020
Greg Deering Presents Steve Noon with a Blue Banjo at Banjo 2020

Eagle Music’s ‘Customer of The Year’ was announced. This year it was won by William McLean, of Northern Ireland. Many congratulations William and thank you for being a special Eagle Music customer. Due to unforeseen circumstances, William was unable to attend the event.  

Wllaim McClean customer of the year Banjo 2020i
Wllaim McClean customer of the year Banjo 2020

The Eagle Music Raffle was drawn on stage by Erin and Toby Price. All the amazing musical instrument prizes have now been claimed.

E rin Toby Rachel draw Raffle
Erin & Toby Price draw the Raffle
Raffle winners Banjo 2020 Eagle Deering
Rachel & Steve Announce Raffle Prize Winners
First Prize Raffle winne Banjo 2020
1st Prize Winner -Jo Crossland-Eastman PCH1-D Guitar

The ‘Banjo 2020’ event closed with what can only be described as a magnificent momentous showcase concert from the inimitable Kruger Brothers Their performance was just spellbinding. Maestro musicians Jens Kruger, Uwe Kruger and Joel Landsberg were accompanied by ace percussionIst Jody Call. The capacity audience showed their appreciation with a standing ovation and encore.

Kruger Brothers at Eagle Music Banjo 2020
Kruger Brothers Showcase Concert at Eagle Music’s Banjo 2020
Kruger Brothers Deering Eagle Banjo 2020
Kruger Brothers Deering Eagle Banjo 2020

The PA system and sound for ‘Banjo 2020’ was mixed and engineered throughout the day for all performing artists by David ‘Peabody’ Spiers who is without question a ‘Sound Genius’ and is part of the awesome Kruger Brothers tour team.

A big ‘Thank you’ to our wonderful Eagle Music Team for all their hard work before, during and after the event. We’re already talking about arrangements for ‘Banjo Fourteen’ 2021.

Eagle Music Teak at Banjo 2020
Eagle Music Teak at Banjo 2020

The Eagle Music Trade Stand was buzzing throughout the day ‘Thank You’ all for your purchases and for enjoying the special event prices that were offered on the day on all products and Deering Banjos.

Deereing Banjos at Eagle Banjo 2020
Deering Banjos at Eagle Music Banjo 2020

A special Thank you to you, our valued customers for attending ‘Banjo 2020’ and for making it such a wonderful memorable day.

Steve, Rachel and all the Eagle Music Team.

Photo and Video Credits: ‘Thank You’ to Debbie Soden-Photography : Dave Mallinson : Alan Jones : Rachel Price and Steve Noon.

Plaques awarded to Eagle by Deering overthe years
Some of the beautiful carved wooden Plaques that have been Awarded to Eagle Music
by the Deering Banjos Company, USA, Over the Past Sixteen Years