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Mumford festival date for local firm; Banjo team work with top band.

Byline: NEIL ATKINSON Head of News neil.atkinson@examiner.co.uk

MUMFORD & Sons wowed millions with their show at Glastonbury.

And now a Huddersfield music company are to tie in with a new deal linked to the top band.

Eagle Music, based in Armitage Bridge, have been signed up to run banjo workshops and lessons at a Mumford festival.

Several staff members from Eagle Music will be at Mumford & Sons' Gentlemen of the Road Stopover festival in Lewes, East Sussex, later this month.

They expect massive interest in the workshops - especially as Mumford star Winston Marshall is a renowned banjo player.

He plays an Eagle II banjo, created by American manufacturer Deering and named after the Huddersfield firm.

The Lewes festival is sold out and 25,000 fans are expected to attend.

Eagle Music founder Steve Noon said: "We are delighted and honoured to be invited to attend this event and have the opportunity to meet some of Mumford & Sons fans and show them how easy it can be to start playing the banjo.

"A wonderful feature of the 5-string banjo is that it is tuned to a 'G' chord, which means you can produce music by just brushing a finger across the strings, then using just one finger on the opposite hand, you can play music.

"We love the banjo and as musicians we try to put back into music more than we take out.

"One of our company aims is to introduce as many people as we can to the wonder and joy of playing the banjo."

Steve will be joined on the trip by wife Joan and son Steve, as well as staff members Matt Chafer and Emily Bond.

James said: "Winston Marshall has brought a whole new audience to the banjo and it was thrilling to see him playing one on stage at Glastonbury.

"We hold banjo sessions here in Huddersfield and we have already had one with some 200 banjo players turning up.

"We hope to repeat it later this year.

"People of all ages are buying a banjo. Some are youngsters, but others are experienced musicians who want to try something else."

Eagle Music enjoys a close working relationship with Deering, the Great American Banjo Company who are the makers of Marshall's Eagle II 5-string banjo.

It was given its name in appreciation of Eagle Music Shop maintaining the status of the world's top Deering banjo dealership, which they have retained now for almost a decade.

Emerging from West London, the folk rock band Mumford & Sons were formed in December 2007.

Since then they have taken the world by storm producing number one hit singles and they have had award wins including the Grammy Award for Babel, the 2013 album of the year, and a Brit Award, also this year, for the Best British Group.

The band consists of Marcus Mumford (lead vocals, guitar, drums, mandolin), Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboards, accordion, drums), Winston Marshall (vocals, banjo, guitar, resonator guitar), and Ted Dwane (vocals, string bass, drums, guitar).

Their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover tour came to Huddersfield last summer.

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Date:Jul 2, 2013
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