Friday, 28 August 2009

Sore Fingers Weekend teacher - and his banjo

Bill Whelan of the Rough Deal String Band (IRL) will be teaching the old-time banjo course at the Sore Fingers October Weekend (see the EBB post of 26 August). Bill is Ireland's premier clawhammer-banjo player.

In the above photo he is playing a custom-made banjo by Johannes Bonefaas, born in the Netherlands and now living in Sweden after many years in Denmark. Johannes' banjos, based on the design of Dobson banjos from the 1880s, have been described by Richie Stearns (US) as 'Best modern made banjos in da world'. Full details of them can be seen here.