British banjo specialist participates in third East Anglia Guitar Festival

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Banjos Direct, the UK banjo specialist retailer, is participating in the third East Anglia Guitar Festival at High Barn, Great Bardfield, Essex on Sunday May 6th. Banjos Direct will be the only banjo retailer taking part, amongst numerous guitar retailers and luthiers.

High Barn, Great Bardfield, setting for the East Anglia Guitar Festival

High Barn, Great Bardfield, setting for the East Anglia Guitar Festival

Guitar players find the banjo very easy to master and are frequently inspired by its possibilities.

Banjos Direct, the UK banjo specialist retailer, is participating in the third East Anglia Guitar Festival at High Barn, Great Bardfield, Essex on Sunday May 6th.

Banjos Direct will be the only banjo retailer taking part, amongst numerous guitar retailers and luthiers.

The East Anglia Guitar Festival is now in its third year and promises yet another day of diverse, delightful and amazing guitars and guitarists, and now banjos, in the magnificent High Barn.

Like last year, the festival will feature exhibitors, workshops and an evening concert. Headlining this year's festival will be the fabulous Sarah McQuaid. She will also be presenting one of her much acclaimed DADGAD workshops. Other musicians who will be appearing include Ben Smith and Lorenzo de Feo (guitarist for Matt Cardle).

Banjos Direct Founder and CEO Simon Middleton believes that a guitar festival is actually a natural environment for a banjo specialist retailer.

Middleton explained: "A substantial proportion of our customers, of all ages, are coming to the banjo for the first time, and a proportion of them are guitarists of one kind and another. Guitar players find the banjo very easy to master and are frequently inspired by its possibilities."

The retailer has reported a renaissance of interest in the banjo and increasing sales every month since the Banjos Direct brand was launched last October. The brand is now one of the two leading specialists in the UK, and the country's leading provider of American-imported banjos from GoldTone and Nechville.

The venue for the East Anglia Guitar Festival is an inspiration in its own right: a magnificent, and magnificently restored mediaeval barn which is now a thriving and respected music venue.

Middleton's own band The Proposition, whose album King Snake, Devil Shake was released in March this year, have played the venue several times.

"It's a fantastically atmospheric setting to listen to music and to get involved in handling and playing instruments," said Middleton, who will be displaying a range of bluegrass and oldtime banjos from the Banjos Direct range.

Banjos from GoldTone, Nechville, Recording King, and Barnes and Mullins and other brands will be on display and available for purchase at special show prices, as well as a range of accessories.

COMPANY INFORMATION

Banjos Direct is the UK's fastest-growing specialist banjo retailer, leading the renaissance of interest in the banjo amongst players of every age and background. The Norwich-based company is the UK's leading stockist of USA banjo brands GoldTone and Nechville, and also stocks instruments by Barnes & Mullins, Pilgrim and Tanglewood and has announced its move into banjo manufacturing with the launch of the all-British made Islander OB-01.

Founder and CEO of Banjos Direct, Simon Middleton, is frontman of English-Americana band The Proposition, whose debut album King Snake, Devil Shake was released in March this year. Middleton is also the author of several books on branding and marketing, including 'Build A Brand In 30 Days' and 'Brand New You'.

Find Banjos Direct at http://www.banjosdirect.co.uk.

Email: info(at)banjosdirect(dot)co(dot)uk

Phone: +44 (0) 1603 305800

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