Banjo shop Banjos Direct sponsors Sore Fingers bluegrass and old-time music summer schools

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Online banjo shop Banjos Direct has announced its sponsorship of the world-famous Sore Fingers Summer Schools, which provide world class tuition for all bluegrass instruments as well as old-time fiddle and banjo, autoharp and singing.

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Banjos Direct is committed to playing a leading and supporting role in the whole banjo, bluegrass and old-time music movement in the UK and beyond.

Online banjo shop Banjos Direct has announced its sponsorship of the world-famous Sore Fingers Summer Schools, which provide world class tuition for all bluegrass instruments as well as old-time fiddle and banjo, autoharp and singing.

Sore Fingers Summer Schools is Europe's leading organisation for bluegrass and old-time music camps and runs two annual events which have been attended by thousands of banjo, bluegrass and old-time musicians.

The main event of the year is Sore Fingers Week, a five day residential course held in the Cotswolds at Easter time, during which musicians of all levels can learn and improve their knowledge and skills. It is a complete experience where players can escape the daily routine and immerse themselves in music and fun for a whole week. Many become hooked and return year after year.

Sore Fingers Week 2013 is a five day residential course for bluegrass and old-time musicians, from 1st to 5th April. Tuition is provided by some of the finest musicians of the genre, including many from North America.

The subject instruments are fiddle (old-time and bluegrass), banjo (old-time and bluegrass), mandolin, dobro (resophonic guitar), autoharp (diatonic and chromatic), double bass, guitar and singing. There is also a beginners/improvers class with a tutor for each instrument. This class suits complete novices to lower intermediate students.

Aside from the main tuition many other activities take place during the week. In the evenings, one hour long 'dip-in' sessions are given by the tutors in their specialist field for people who are interested in a topic other than their chosen main subject.

Sore Fingers also runs a weekend course, Sore Fingers October Weekend, 26th to 28th Oct 2012, allowing people to try out the experience over a shorter period.

Banjos Direct, which was launched in December 2011 and has rapidly become one of the best known brands on the banjo scene, is also sponsoring the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival organised by Sore Fingers in September.

Founder and CEO of Banjos Direct, Simon Middleton, commented: "Banjos Direct is committed to playing a leading and supporting role in the whole banjo, bluegrass and old-time music movement in the UK and beyond. Our sponsorship this year of Sore Fingers and Didmarton Bluegrass Festival is just the beginning.

"In future years we plan to support this wonderful music movement even further."

COMPANY INFORMATION

Banjos Direct is the UK's fastest-growing specialist banjo retailer and manufacturer, 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. It has recently announced its move into banjo manufacturing with the launch of the all-British made Islander OB-01.

The company are also sponsors and Associate Producers of The Porchlight Sessions, a feature length documentary film about Bluegrass music being premiered later this year.

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