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
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* Your ticket will be on the door when you arrive … just give your name at the door*
Join us to celebrate Eagle Music’s 11th consecutive year as the #1 world dealership for the Deering Banjo Company, USA.
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:
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!
The Evening Proceedings:
The Kruger Brothers in Concert … with Jens Kruger, Uwe Kruger and Joel Landsberg
Support Artists: Angelina Carberry, Dan Brouder & Brian Mooney with Brian McGrath
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?
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’.
‘On Stage Video Jam’ with The Kruger Brothers: – Filmed for YouTube
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)
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
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
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 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.
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!
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.
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!
Continuing the theme of recent years, we welcome the return of Joe and Bill to run the picking sessions throughout the day
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.
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 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 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’.
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”
“This is one of the best banjo and accordion duet recordings of all time”
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 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 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.
‘Banjo 11’ 2018 Event With Deerings, Kruger Brothers, Angelina Carberry & Dan Brouder, Brian Mooney, Jamie Francis and so much more!
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.
* 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.
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.
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.
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
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!
The Eagle Music Team are Waiting to Serve You …
Please Click on this Link to Visit Tanglewood Guitars and see more details
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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:-
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.
* Your ticket will be on the door when you arrive …Just give your name at the door.
Steve, Rachel and the Eagle Team.
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
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.
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
Pat Kelleher – Long 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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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)
• 6.00 pm Doors to main event Room Close
• 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)
• 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.
• 10.30 ish Finish
• 11.00 pm Doors Close
Event taking place at:-
The North Light Gallery (Located behind Eagle Music Shop)