Continuing with the spirit of giving to the communities welcoming them, Mumford & Sons and Deering Banjos bring you the European Charity Banjos! A Custom one-of-a-kind banjo was made for each country the band is visiting on their May tour. Countries including: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Holland, and Belgium.
Did you know that Elle King plays banjo? The incredibly talented Elle King performed in the Deering Woodroom recently, armed only with a Sierra banjo. The Ohio born songstress is emerging as a rising star and has seen great success in the last year, receiving a Grammy nod for her platinum selling track, "Ex's & Oh's", as well as several prominent performances including The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Bonaroo and SXSW.
Award winning singer/songwriter Tim Moyer has dazzled audiences all over the U.S.A. armed with powerful voice, thinking man’s lyrics, mesmerizing refrains. Having grown up in a musical family on everything from Jazz to Classical, he started his musical journey at age 7 on drums and hasn’t looked back. Mostly singing, and playing guitar and 6-String banjo these days Tim has opened for The Doobie Brothers, Edwin McCain, Duncan Sheik, Howard Jones, Dave Mason, the list goes on.
Ryan Cavanaugh's innovative ideas of how and what is played on the 5-string banjo are occupied by few musicians alike. Hailing originally from North Carolina, Cavanaugh's first appearances as a child featured his hard-driving styles on WPAQ radio and with Doc Watson, Doug Dillard, and John McEuen. Cavanaugh is a champion of premier traditional banjo contests RockyGrass, MerleFest, FiddleFest and Renofest.
Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his homemade EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way.
Jamie Beale is the vocalist and banjo player for the Celtic folk-rock band Bare Knuckle Parade.
Thirteen year old Willow Osborne, picked up her first banjo at the tender age of four, and was taught by her friend & mentor, Gary "Biscuit" Davis, the 4-time International Banjo Champion. Willow's stage presence, vocal, and instrumental skills have given her the rare opportunity to perform as the Youth Performer at the Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge for the past 4 years. Dollywood Theme Parks “Bluegrass and Barbeque Festival” have honored her as well with her own show for the past 3 years. Willow has also appeared on PBS with Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, on a TV documentary with Jens Kruger and most recently with "Bill on the Road".
Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as 'the real deal' (UNCUT). His unique and eclectic style, taking in folk, funk, bluegrass and even some Arabic music, has stunned audiences across the UK many times but is also spreading its wings with recent successful performances in Germany, India and Canada and a very successful first tour of New Zealand. His high energy performances and witty banter have made him one of the most exciting new talents around.
Justin Lansing is the banjo player for the Grammy Award winning family music duo, The Okee Dokee Brothers. They write and record American Roots music with the goal to inspire children and their families to spend time outdoors and in nature.
Adrian Raso is a respected guitarist/composer from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Adrian has recorded two instrumental EPs and six full‐length instrumental albums. Black Mamba (2005) showcased Adrian’s stunning versatility and musicianship over a variety of styles, ranging from Gypsy to Mediterranean flavours. Adrian’s work is a fine example of the balance between commercially accepted music that is also readily embraced by the technically minded musician.