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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Adam Hurt launches Great British Banjo Sessions in fine old-time style

Adam Hurt launches Great British Banjo Sessions in fine old-time style

Wow! What an amazing night. The very first of The Great British Banjo Sessions was, everyone who was there would agree, a resounding success. Sold out for one thing! With a fantastic atmosphere in the stunning medieval setting of Dragon Hall, Norwich. And the music? Well the enchanting tone was set by Norwich acoustic trio The Old Time Sakes, featuring singer/songwriter/banjoist Solomon Amos. Beautiful original songs, played with delicacy and...

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Interview with Adam Hurt who will play the first Great British Banjo Session

Interview with Adam Hurt who will play the first Great British Banjo Session

The 14th May will mark the first of the Great British Banjo Sessions. Adam Hurt and Beth Williams Hartness will be playing this first session at Dragon Hall. You can buy tickets here. They’ll be performing duets of traditional music from Appalachia and beyond with clawhammer banjo, fiddle, fingerstyle guitar, and vocals. To get you all excited about the gig on the 14th, we’ve been speaking to Adam to find out a bit more about his...

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An interview with banjo stylist Tall Tall Trees

An interview with banjo stylist Tall Tall Trees

We discovered Tall Tall Trees a little while back and I was blown away by just how different the music was. Mike Savino is the banjo player behind Tall Tall Trees and has toured both with a band and solo, showing off his very unique style. The Tall Tall Trees bio on the website starts off by saying: ‘Mike Savino is not your grandaddy’s banjo player, and Tall Tall Trees is definitely not your average indie-folk outfit from...

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Final details of the first of the Great British Banjo Sessions

Final details of the first of the Great British Banjo Sessions

The Great British Banjo Sessions present in concert… Adam Hurt & Beth Williams Hartness ( America’s Leading Clawhammer Banjo Musicians) With support from Solomon Amos and the Old Time Sakes Dragon Hall, 115 – 123, King Street, Norwich, NR1 3AY Wednesday 14th May 2014. Doors Open 7.30.p.m. Concert at 8.00.p.m. Tickets £8.00 in advance from UEA Box Office Telephone 01603 508050 or on the door £10. Adam Hurt and Beth Williams Hartness...

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Tab available for Vital Mental Medicine tune by John Dow

Tab available for Vital Mental Medicine tune by John Dow

Our great friend and supporter John Dow (featured in a recent music feature on this blog) is a devotee of clawhammer banjo style, and a creative and prolific writer and interpreter of tunes for the instrument. His style is uncluttered and elegant, and his videos (which we have shared on Facebook and on our blog) have a great appeal to players learning the style. On the night (last autumn) when we reached our target funding figure in our...

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