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Under 18s Can Take it Away at Eagle Music

We are pleased to inform our customers that the Take It Away instrument purchase scheme is being extended to include under 18 year olds.

Using the scheme, for a 10 per cent deposit our customers can obtain up to £2,000 of interest-free credit, payable over nine months.

The scheme – run by the Arts Council and partnered by the MIA – was restricted only to people aged 18-25 from April this year, but will now be extended to anyone purchasing an instrument for someone under 18 years old. Please call us on 01484 661460 to discuss your purchase.

What this means is … if you have a young person in your family that is under the age of 18, as a parent (All applicants will still need to be over 18, a UK resident and working at least 16 hours per week in order to be eligible, and approval will be subject to a credit check, as at present.) you can take out the Take it Away Scheme for an instrument or musical goods up to the value of £2,000 In this case, the individual will need to sign and complete a customer declaration confirming that the recipient of the instrument is under 18 years of age. 

Customers will only be able to apply for a Take it away ‘Under 18s’ loan in-store. Take it away ‘Under 18s’ will not be available via mail order.

Take it Away has been running since July 2007, and since then has helped more than 58,000 people purchase musical instruments and accessories.

Please click on this link for more details

Deering Banjos & Eagle Music at Longford, Johnny Keenan 10th Anniversary Banjo Festival

The Johnny Keenan 10th Anniversary Banjo Festival, Thursday September 22nd through to Sunday the 25th with Deering Banjos & Eagle Music.

“A Celebration of Irish Traditional and American Bluegrass Music”

This year it’s the 10th anniversary of The Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, Longford Ireland. Greg and Janet Deering will be flying in from California as guests of honour and Greg Deering will present a Banjo Workshop Masterclass. Steve and Joan Noon of Eagle Music are delighted to accompany Greg and Janet and represent Deering Banjos Europe at the festival.

There will be a Deering Banjos Trade Stand in the main concert venue throughout the duration of this world class festival where you will be able to see and try out the largest selection of American built Deering 5-string and 4-string tenor banjos ever seen in Ireland! The display will include Deering, Tenbrooks, Vega, Goodtime and Goodtime ‘Leader’ banjos built by the great American Banjo Company. All the banjos on display will be offered for sale and sold at very special ‘Johnny Keenan’ celebration prices!

Find the Deering & Eagle Music trade stand at:-


There will be instrument teaching workshops and concerts throughout the festival …

The world class line up of artists include Tony Trischka, Gerry O’Connor, Four Men and a Dog, Leroy Troy, Pete and Joan Wernick, Steve Cooney and Mairtin O’Connor, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band …and many more world class artists

Here is the link to the festival for more information:-


johnny keenan banjo festival

Steve Kaufmans Soaring Strings Workshop here at Eagle Music

Please Click on this Link to Buy Steve Kaufman Tickets

A brilliant chance to meet and learn from the USAs #1 Flatpicking Guitarist and ace Mandolin Picker in an afternoon of workshops. We are delighted to announce that the 2011 event will take place here at Eagle Music, on Sunday September 25th 2011 commencing at 11.30am.

Steve Kaufman is the worlds only Three Times Winner of the Winfield USA National Flatpicking  Championships!!! Since 1990 Steve has gained the reputation of being the ‘Worlds Guitar Instructor’ Also an awesome mandolin picker, Steve has written numerous instruction books, recorded many DVDs and CDs as well as owning and operating The Palace Theatre in downtown Maryville, USA, The area’s premier acoustic venue.

Steve Kaufman Guitar Steve Kaufman Mandolin

Limited places …Please telephone 01484 661460 to purchase tickets for the workshop or
click on this link  to buy tickets online

Please click on this link to visit the Steve Kaufman website

Steve Kaufman biography…

Steve Kaufman was born into a musical family in 1957. His father was a jazz piano player and his mother was a classically trained pianist. Music was always around. At four Steve started plinking at the piano and did so for several years. He then moved on to the electric guitar at 10 for a few years and put it away.

Next came the cello in 5th grade for a few years. After this Steve picked up the acoustic guitar again and blazed right through a “Folk Guitar” method book. When finished he thought if this is as hard as it gets it’s not for him. Then his younger brother, Will, started playing the banjo and his instructor told him he needed a rhythm guitar player to help with his timing. So Steve then picked up his guitar again and got into the bluegrass rhythm. One day Will brought home a Flatt and Scruggs LP, which featured Doc Watson on guitar, and Steve was hooked on flatpicking.

Steve practiced hard with his newfound love of music, sometimes up to 8 hours a day. At age 18 he entered the National Flatpicking Championships in Winfield, KS and made the top 10. The following year was a wash. In 1977, Steve took 2nd place to Mark O’Connor and in 1978, at 21 years old, he returned to win the championship. Then after being barred for 5 years he returned on the 6th year to win the 1984 championships again. Winfield bars the winner for 5 years and they can come back on the 6th year but in 1986 they decided to open up the contest to everyone and not bar the past years champs. Steve returned to win his goal. He became the winner and the first and, at this writing, the only Three Time Winner of the National Flatpicking Championships. He is also noted to have 3 consecutive wins in the Nationals because he was barred all the years he did not enter.

Steve continues to work hard in the world of music. He began producing books and videos in 1989 after teaching private lessons for close to 20 years. His catalog of instructional materials is close to 82 items. His listening CDs and Videos number over 18. Steve began touring the world conducting seminars, workshops, clinics and concerts in 1990 and after 5 years he and his wife, Donna, began “Steve Kaufman’s Flatpicking Camp.” Every other year they have added more camps into their agenda and now under the title “Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps” they host a two Flatpicking Kamps, Fingerpicking Kamp, Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo, Old Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle, two Bass Kamps,  Songwriting Kamp, Vocals Kamp, Mountain Dulcimer Kamp, Celtic Harp, Resophinic Guitar and Mandolin Kamp as well.

They have grown into the largest Kamps of their kind in the world with students traveling from around the world to Maryville, Tennessee. Steve and Donna have received the Gold Award from a reader’s poll in Acoustic Guitar Magazine for running the “Best Workshops, Seminars and Camps” every year since 2002.

Since 1990 Steve has developed the reputation of being the “World’s Guitar Instructor.”

Steve stays busy being a husband and father, running his Kamps, tour schedule, writing books and recording videos and CDs as well as owning and operating The Palace Theater in downtown Maryville – the area’s premier acoustic venue as well as an espresso bar.

Banjo, uke, mandolin, guitar etc. Eagle Music tuition classes update

Banjo Classes Update: The next Six Week ‘Absolute Beginners’ Banjo lessons course will commence at 5.15pm on Tuesday evening, 23rd August 2011 at Eagle Music Shop.

Please call 01484 661460 for details and to book on this course. Maximum of eight students per course.

As part of our complete service here at Eagle Music Shop, please check out our in-house absolute beginners and intermediate group lessons for Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Guitar etc. We can also arrange one-to-one intermediate to advanced lessons for most of the instruments that we retail. Our dedicated EMS teaching staff have many years of experience teaching, playing music, and performing live on stage. We have four experienced musical instrument teachers within our resident staff. We can also put you in touch with a number of excellent musical instrument teachers that are not part of our Eagle Music staff, but work in close harmony with Eagle Music.

The benefits to EMS students are as follows:

  • A fast track to getting you on the correct route to playing your chosen instrument
  • Specialist advise on instrument care, maintenance and general instrument set-up
  • Specialist advise on the choice of instruments and advanced tuition material
  • Specialist advise on musical styles
  • Special discounts on musical instruments and spares purchased from Eagle Music Shop

Please telephone 01484 661460 or email info@eaglemusicshop.com for more information about Eagle Music lessons and teachers.

Happy Pickin,
Steve Noon
January 2011

Eagle Music School is registered and in association with Music Teachers UK

‘It’s Never Too Late To Learn’

The next Six Week Banjo lessons course will commence at 5.15pm on Tuesday evening, May 3rd at Eagle Music Shop. Please call 01484 661460 for details and to book on this course. Maximum of eight students per course.




Fees: £10.00 per hour, with special discounts to students on musical products and tuition material.

If you want to learn to play 5-string Banjo …we can’t guarantee that you will ever be able to play as great as Jens Kruger! But what we can guarantee is that you will be set out on the correct route to playing 5-string banjo and enjoying your music. With specialist help from our teachers, dedication and practice, every student will rise to his or her own level of musical ability and competence.

New Kruger Brothers CD Appalachian Concerto plus Jens Banjo Masterclass DVD

The new Kruger Brothers CD is now on sale at Eagle Music, plus The Jens Kruger Banjo Masterclass DVD.

First copies of these two great releases were available at The Eagle Music Banjo 5 Event.

Composed in 2010, the Appalachian Concerto is a work for banjo, bass, guitar, and string quartet. Innovative, challenging, and beautiful, the piece takes the ensemble playing the Kruger Brothers are famous for to an entirely new level of musicianship. Click here to read more and buy this amazing new CD. You can watch clips of live performances from this CD here at The Eagle Music Shop Banjo 5 Event.

The Kruger Brothers Appalachian Concerto

Also, just over a year after the event itself, we are pleased to offer the Jens Kruger Banjo Masterclass, recorded at The Eagle Music Banjo 5 Event in 2010.

Jens Krüger ‘The Carolina King’ is without question one of the greatest five string banjo players of all time. Jens plays with verve, great passion, and amazing dexterity. He is in perfect harmony with, and the master of his instrument …The Banjo. Click here to read more and buy this amazing new DVD.

The Jens Kruger Banjo Masterclass

The Kruger Brothers Concert video footage at the Eagle Banjo 5 Event

We are pleased to present several video clips of the Kruger Brothers Concert at the Eagle Banjo 5 Event recorded on Saturday May 28th. Jens, Uwe and Joel once again mesmerized the audience with a stunning display of musical brilliance. Many thanks to Jens, Uwe, Joel and Phil for another heartfelt performance, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Please take a look at the clips below, we’d be happy to hear your comments.

This special Eagle Music event featured five of the USA’s greatest icons in the Banjo and American Music World  …Greg Deering, Janet Deering, Jens Kruger (Banjo), Uwe Kruger (Guitar), and Joel Landsberg (Bass). This evening concert by The Kruger Brothers followed a warm performance by Jon Strong after a fantastic day with jamming sessions and a Deering Banjos workshop hosted by Greg & Janet Deering.

Banjo 5 afternoon jamming video footage now online

It is with great pleasure that just a couple of days after this great Eagle Music Banjo 5 Event, we’ve already added several video clips to our website. Below you can see clips including mid afternoon banjo jamming with Eagle Music staff & friends.

During this special event Greg & Janet Deering presented Steve Noon with an award to commend Eagle for being the worlds No1 Deering Banjos dealer for the fifth year running.

We would like to that all our customers for attending this great event, thanks to Greg & Janet Deering, The Kruger Brothers and Jon Strong. Another fantastic day for all sharing our passion for music at this Banjo 5 Event.

Deering Banjos appoint Eagle Music as No1 world wide dealer for the 5th year running

At the Eagle Music Banjo 5 event on May 28th we were proud to be awarded with being the Deering Banjos world wide No1 dealer for the fifth year running. During this fantastic day and evening banjoist event, Greg & Janet Deering presented Steve and the Eagle Music staff with this prestigious award in the form of a lazer engraved plaque.

Below you can watch the presentation by Greg & Janet Deering, just prior to The Kruger Brothers evening concert.


Celebrating your


Dear Steve

It is with great joy, admiration and appreciation that we celebrate, yet another year, of Eagle Music’s status as the number 1 Deering Banjo Dealer world wide!

No Deering Dealer in history has maintained such a consistently high level of success, customer loyalty and continued growth for FIVE amazing years.

While measuring your volume of sales helps put a monetary evaluation on your performance, what it actually illuminates is the “real secret” and most important ingredient in your success….

… Customer Appreciation …

The earnest, sincere rapport with your customers combined with the solid thorough knowledge and love of the banjo that you present everyday, carries the inspiring, encouraging power that has enabled you to so effectively bring the magic of Deering Banjos to banjoists world wide.

Because it is rare for us as banjo makers and equally rare for your customers to find dkilled, knowledgable, banjo dealers like you, we want to take this moment to express our greatest appreciation, admiration and support for you, and all your exemplorary staff at Eagle Music!

Signed, Greg & Janet Deering, Barry Hunn

Banjo 5 Event, Deering & Kruger Brothers 2011 tickets on sale now

Dear Friends, Give us Five!

We are proud to announce that following the hugely successful 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 showcase events here at Eagle Music Shop, this year we are celebrating entering into our Fifth-Year as the World’s Number One and Master Dealership for the USA Deering Banjo Company. The 2011 event will be our Fifth consecutive yearly Banjo event here at Eagle Music Shop and will take place on Saturday May 28th.

Please join us at our Banjo 5 event with Greg & Janet Deering and The Kruger Brothers, where you will have the opportunity to personally meet Five of the USA’s greatest icons in the Banjo and American Music World …Greg Deering, Janet Deering, Jens Kruger ‘Banjo’, Uwe Kruger ‘Guitar’, and Joel Landsberg ‘Bass’.

Greg and Janet Deering founded the Deering Banjo Company over thirty years ago, a company that is now considered by the world’s greatest exponents of the banjo to be ‘The Worlds Greatest American Banjo Company’.

Jens Kruger The ‘Carolina King’ is without question one of the greatest five-string banjo players of all times. Uwe Kruger is a master Guitarist / vocalist and Joel Landsberg is one of the finest Bass players in the business. The Kruger Brothers now living in North Carolina, USA, are the hottest USA based band, having taken the world bluegrass and folk scene by storm for the past decade and a half.

The Kruger Brothers will play our on sight venue ‘The North Light Gallery’ on Saturday afternoon for an On-stage-Workshop and an evening Showcase Concert on May 28th as part of their official 2011 European tour.

Our special guests, Greg and Janet Deering will give an On Stage afternoon Seminar explaining and describing to us ‘The Anatomy of a Great Banjo – The Secret of the Set-up’.

We look forward to seeing you here,

Best wishes from

Steve, Rachel and the Eagle Music Shop Team.

Click here to buy tickets for this fantastic Eagle Banjo 5 event.

Deering Banjo 1000 Photo Gallery at Eagle Music Shop

Here is a collection of photos from the Eagle Music Shop Banjo 1000 Event with Deering Banjos and The Kruger Brothers. We’d love to hear your comments about this great event which took place on Saturday March 20th 2010.

This first slideshow contains photos at random from throughout day including The Deering Banjo Clinic, our group rendition of Dueling Banjos led by Jens Kruger, Howard ‘Shep’ Shepherd’s support performance, The Jens Kruger Master Class, the event Kruger Brothers Concert and many other happy snaps of this great day at Eagle Music.


Here is a gallery of all the events of the day, again we’d love to hear your comments.


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