What would Shackleton do? New T-shirts.

What would Shackleton do? New T-shirts.

The great British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton saved his expedition’s banjo from his ship Endurance as she sank into Antarctic ice, saying: “We must have that banjo. It’s vital mental medicine.” He went on to bring all of his men home in an epic adventure of heroism and extraordinary leadership. In the hundred years since then Shackleton’s leadership, adaptability and strategic thinking have become legendary....

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The best affordable openback banjo in the world

The best affordable openback banjo in the world

In March 2013, whilst wandering around MusikMesse, the giant music trade show in Frankfurt, I made a life-changing decision: to create a new, high quality, affordable, banjo: and to make it in Britain. There have been banjos made in Britain for nearly two centuries, but since the World War 2 the industry has been pretty much dead. There remain a handful of craft builders, each producing half a dozen or a dozen instruments per year. And very...

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On which day did British banjo manufacturing begin again, after a break of more than 60 years?

On which day did British banjo manufacturing begin again, after a break of more than 60 years?

Was it the day in 2012 when we first decided to build our own banjos, beginning with the limited edition Islander Ash Leaf? Or was it the day in March 2013 when we returned from Musikmesse in Frankfurt with a vision of properly manufacturing a British banjo and a plan to call ourselves The Great British Banjo Company? Or was it the day a few weeks later when we decided to call our first production instrument The Shackleton? Or when we launched...

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An extraordinary year for The Great British Banjo Company

An extraordinary year for The Great British Banjo Company

With Christmas fast approaching we at The Great British Banjo Company have been reflecting on what can only be described as the most exciting and important year in the history of our little business. We actually put our toes in the fast-moving waters of manufacturing in 2012 with the launch of the Islander Ash Leaf banjo (handmade for us by Brighton maker Malcolm McLeod). But the creation of The Shackleton Banjo concept was the key step into...

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