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DEERING LIVE

Deering Live is a live stream video series presented by Deering Banjos which features interviews with all your favorite banjo players, as well as Deering Tech sessions and other great content. Catch up on all the episodes of Deering Live, right here.

SEPTEMBER 2020

FEATURED - DOM FLEMONS

We are very excited to feature GRAMMY Award Winner, Two-Time EMMY Nominee, and 2020 United States Artists Fellow Dom Flemons to Deering Live. He has branded the moniker “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers over 100 years of early American popular music. Flemons is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, actor, music scholar, historian, and record collector. He is considered an expert player on the banjo, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills, fife and rhythm bones.

Check out Dom online - https://theamericansongster.com/

HANK SMITH

Hank is a fantastic three finger style 5-string banjo player who is influenced by bluegrass, jazz, blues, classical, and more. He is also an adjunct lecturer of the banjo at University of North Carolina. Hank performs his widely influenced music with Hank, Pattie & The Current and plays a Deering Maple Blossom and Crossfire!

DAN WALSH

Everything about Dan Walsh and his approach to banjo is unorthodox. It is what makes him such a unique and spectacular player. If you are not familiar with Dan, picture this - A British guy, playing funky groove-laden Clawhammer on a banjo that many would argue should be reserved for Bluegrass, all the while infusing his own dose of British and American folk, with the occasional sprinkling of Indian/middle-Eastern influence. Dan challenges just about every misconception about what the banjo is and how it should be played, and we look forward to exploring his take on it.

VALERIE JUNE

Our guest on Deering Live this week featuring the wonderful Valerie June. We get into how she approaches the banjo, music being good for the soul, and the personality of her instruments. For those that aren't familiar with her music, definitely check her out! She has an amazing blend of soul, country, folk, blues, and world music. She also has an incredibly positive energy about her that is truly palpable and will pick you up.

AUGUST 2020

JENS KRUGER

We are really excited to welcome Jens Kruger back to Deering Live to play for us and talk about what he has been working on. In this episode, we talk with Jens about his banjo journey, his composition techniques, and music as a source of happiness. This was definitely a fun and in-depth conversation with one of the world's foremost banjo players.

TALKING STRINGS WITH JENS KRUGER & GHS'S JON MOODY

Listen back to a discussion with master banjoist Jens Kruger and Jon Moody from GHS Strings, as we delve into all things strings!

RYAN CAVANAUGH

Our guest this week has been praised by Bela Fleck as “one of the best technical players ever” He is one of the top 3-finger style 5 string banjoists in the world, and has taken the single string technique to new heights. As a protege of jazz guitarist John McLaughlin, he is well known for his meticulous and technical playing style, incorporating anything from modern jazz to world music and everything in between.

JULY 2020

TONY TRISCHKA

Tony Trischka is a master of the 5 string banjo and has been at the forefront of bringing the banjo from its traditional roots to new unexplored soundscapes. Tony discusses tips on increasing speed, his approach to banjo, as well as the banjo itself.

MARK JOHNSON

We're excited to feature Mark Johnson, the father of Clawgrass banjo playing on Deering Live this week! If you aren't familiar with what Clawgrass is, it is a unique way of playing clawhammer banjo that utilizes "rolls" similar to the 3 fingerstyles. Mark's unique style doesn't really fit into a strict category. It's very bluegrass but has overtones of traditional folk, progressive acoustic, new-grass, and old-time all mixed into one.

DAVID HOLT

This week on Deering Live we will feature 4 time Grammy Award winner David Holt. David is a musician, storyteller, artist, historian and radio and television host. For more than forty years, he as collected and performed the songs and stories of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He learned this treasure trove of music directly from musical greats including Doc Watson, Roy Acuff, Tommy Jarrell, Etta Baker and Grandpa Jones. We talked about the history of clawhammer and old-time music, demonstrating some different styles, and stories from the road from his years playing with Doc Watson, Grandpa Jones, and more.

PROPIK FINGERPICKS

Jamie Latty talks with Deering CEO Jamie Deering and Marketing Director David Bandrowski about their recent acquisition of the ProPik brand, how it came about, and the many varieties on offer.
 
For more info go to https://pro-pik.com