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Victor Furtado on Deering Live

Victor Furtado is a monster of a clawhammer banjo player who while deeply understanding and respecting the old-time tradition, has developed new techniques to bring this style into the modern acoustic music space. Victor has won numerous awards including the 2019 Steve Martin Prize For Banjo. We are excited to feature this young banjo wiz on Deering Live!

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Ryan Cavanaugh on Deering Live

5-string banjo master Ryan Cavanaugh returns to Deering Live this week! In this episode, we will explore how to comp chords for 20th-century American music styles other than bluegrass.

Ryan will show you examples of how to voice chords on the 5-string banjo for styles such as traditional New Orleans jazz, swing, bebop, modal jazz, funk, and rock & roll.

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Ken Perlman on Deering Live
Ken Perlman is a pioneer of the 5-string banjo style known as melodic clawhammer; he is considered one of today’s top clawhammer players, known in particular for his skillful adaptations of Celtic, Appalachian, & Canadian fiddle tunes to the style.As...
Ben Wright on Deering Live

Ben Wright is a founding member of the Henhouse Prowlers, taking the band on the road for more than 15 years and proudly leading Chicago’s robust bluegrass scene.

The Prowlers have recorded 8 albums and tour relentlessly, having garnered a large following across the planet. The band blends their own original material with songs written in multiple languages, learned from their extensive travels.

In 2013, the Henhouse Prowlers began working with the US State Department as musical diplomats, to date they have traveled to more than 25 countries. During these tours, Ben started to see the opportunities for education and diplomacy at home were just as valuable as the international exchanges, inspiring him (and his business partner Jon Goldfine) to start the 501(c)3 non-profit Bluegrass Ambassadors.

The band now works through this entity to bring cross-cultural music education to children in low-income schools, college students in universities, and festival attendees; striving to remind people that diplomacy isn’t just for diplomats; blending global folk music traditions with cultural awareness and understanding.

Since Covid, Ben was hired by American Voices, the implementing partner for the State Department cultural programs, to help transition musical diplomacy work into the virtual setting.

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Ben Wright

Bob Taylor on Deering Live

This week on Deerling Live, we are joined by Bob Taylor, co-founder of Taylor Guitars. Greg Deering and Bob Taylor have known each other since the late 1960's when they were both key members of the American Dream cooperative - a collection of musical instruments repair specialists and builders here in San Diego.

In this episode, we sit down with Bob Taylor, Greg Deering, and Janet Deering to learn about the remarkable story of two of the worlds most respected names in stringed musical instruments today.

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Bob Taylor on Deering Live
John Bullard on Deering Live

This week on Deering Live we are happy to have classical banjoist, John Bullard. John is a classically trained musician and has published several books including Bach For Banjo. Come listen to him play and share in a transformative revelation: to experience the artistic marriage of banjo and classical music.

As always you can ask him questions in the live chat.

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John Bullard on Deering Live

Mike Munford on Deering Live

We are excited to feature bluegrass banjoist Mike Munford on Deering Live this week. Mike is a past IBMA Banjo Player of the Year winner and currently plays with the Grammy Nominated band Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen. Besides being one of the top banjoists on the scene today, Mike is also a very highly regarded banjo setup technician.

Don't miss this episode and be sure to come armed with your bluegrass banjo or banjo setup questions that you can post in the live chat!

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Ask Us Anything with Jamie Deering, Jamie Latty, and Chad Kopotic - Deering Live
We're about to go live with our Ask Us Anything episode on Deering Live! We are giving you the chance to ask questions to our panel of guests from Deering. Ask anything to CEO Jamie Deering, COO Jamie Latty, and...
Andy Thorn on Deering Live

We are excited to feature progressive banjoist Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon to Deering Live this week. Andy is a killer player who continues to push the banjo envelope. Hailing from North Carolina, Andy honed his skills in scene that included players such as Ryan Cavanaugh and Rex McGee. In time, Andy moved out to Colorado and waded deep into the Colorado jamgrass scene, eventually landing the banjo chair in Leftover Salmon which he has held for over a decade. This is sure to be a fun and inspiring show.

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Andy Thorn on Deering Live

Bennett Sullivan On Deering Live

Bennett Sullivan is a fantastic banjo player, teacher, and songwriter who is always pushing to create something new and interesting. No matter what direction Bennett goes, it is always done on a very high level. Join us today for what is sure to be a fantastic Deering Live episode and be sure to ask him questions in the live chat!


Bennett Sullivan on Deering Live

Steve Martin Banjo Prize Announcement On Deering Live

This week, join us for a very special episode of Deering Live as we reveal the 2021 Steve Martin Banjo Prize winners. We will be featuring some very special guests, so be sure to tune in!


In partnership with the Freshgrass Foundation and Compass Records.

Steve Martin Banjo Prize Announcement on Deering Live

Bill Evans on Deering Live
Our guest today is internationally recognized five-string banjo force, Bill Evans. Bill is a performer, teacher, writer and composer, and he shares a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo. 
With a career that now spans over thirty-five years, Bill has shared this knowledge with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world, and today he is here to share it with all of you on Deering Live. 

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Bill Evans on Deering Live

Clinton Davis on Deering Live

Clinton Davis is a 5th generation Kentuckian, now based in San Diego. He is a master old-time banjo player and long-time friend of Deering. His work has been described by many as carrying the torch of traditional American Music. An accomplished fiddle, guitar, mandolin and piano player, Davis recently released his new album "If I Live and I Don’t Get Killed” on Tiki Parlour Recordings.

Today, Clint will play us a selection of tunes from the album, and chat a little about his banjo journey so far.

Gina Furtado on Deering Live

This week's guest on Deering Live is the exceptionally talented Gina Furtado. Gina is an incredible banjoist and a two time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year nominee!

After winning numerous awards from many fiddler's conventions up and down the East coast, Gina went on to spend 4 years with Chris Jones & The Night Drivers before releasing music with her own band The Gina Furtado Project.

Today, Gina is a first class banjo player, mastering a multitude of styles and making her one of the most sought after instructors at banjo camps across the US.

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BB Bowness On Deering Live

We're very excited to feature BB today on Deering Live. BB was one of the 2020 Steve Martin Banjo prize winners. She hails from New Zealand and currently live in Cambridge, MA. The band she currently plays with is Mile Twelve, and they have won numerous IBMA awards including 2020 New Artists of the Year and 2017 Momentum Band of the Year. 

Tune in today to catch one of the top young enthusiastic banjoists on the scene today and ask her questions! 

BB Bowness on Deering Live

Stephen Wade On Deering Live

We are excited to feature musician and author Stephen Wade to Deering Live this week. Stephen is a true scholar of American folk music, having written the critically acclaimed book on American field recordings, The Beautiful Music All Around Us. Wade, a Grammy-nominated recording artist, is also a critically acclaimed playwright most known for his hit one-man show Banjo Dancing.

Stephen Wade on Deering Live

Tony Trischka On Deering Live
This week we team up with our good friend Tony Trischka. Tony is a Deering artist, as well as a long-time ArtistWorks banjo tutor. In this episode, we delve deep into Tony's current album, "Shall We Hope". We will also...
Wes Corbett On Deering Live

This week we welcome bluegrass rising star and banjo player for the Sam Bush Band, Wes Corbett to Deering Live. As a former instructor at the Berklee School of Music, Wes brings with him a huge depth of musical background and experience to share with the world.

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Wes Corbett

Greg Cahill On Deering Live

We can't wait to welcome our friend, and bluegrass legend Greg Cahill to Deering Live this week. After founding The Special Consensus in 1975, Greg has blazed a bright trail of banjo playing for over 45 years.

JigJam on Deering Live

JigJam are a multi-award-winning quartet from Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as ‘I-Grass’ (Irish influenced Bluegrass), their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world.

Nora Brown On Deering Live

If you haven't heard Nora Brown, then be sure to take a listen to her this week on Deering Live. Nora is only 15 years old but she is an old soul who plays old time banjo with an incredible feel. Nora started learning music at the age of 6, specializing in old-time and traditional banjo music. She plays with a level of confidence rarely found in most adults, all the while weaving together stories of music history into her performances to create a beautifully rich tapestry for the listener. She has played at numerous venues and festivals on the East Coast and has been featured on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts and TED Talks.