et François CHARLE
If you are in Paris, you can
visit their shop located in one
of the prettiest "passage" of
Paris. They have a few banjos
for sale and some old time CDs
and books for sale.
Two of the very best Banjo makers in USA who do a marvelous inlay job
and engravings, you certainly already know them!
Doug UNGER, who has been the teacher of these two guys, is also a
master luthier but unfortunately I don't know of a site on him
except what you can find on the
site of Hank Schwartz.
A very good German banjo maker who is able to do any inlay work on
order. Can do any type of banjos. These
days, very famous for 4 string
banjos all over the world.
An American Gourd Banjo maker who has done a beautiful site on Gourd
Banjos full of informations on technique, other makers, and sound
clips! Must see!!!
From Denmark. Makes plain and
very nice sounding banjos on the
H.C. Dobson model. His clawhammer playing is also very
interesting, very swinging,
jazzy and driving...
One of the best inlay artist in the world, very inventive and
technically perfect! He is not working on banjos but certainly could...
A friend who makes very nice
sounding mandolines in his home,
here in France.
French wood dealer near Lyon/ France. He also makes hurdy-gurdies (vielles
Belgium clawhammer banjoist, he also made a marvelous site
around the banjo. Some of it in English
(look for "Banjo Frolic" for
example...). He organised also a beautiful exhibition on
historical banjos in the Museum of Musical Instruments in Bruxelles in
2003. You can see some pictures and a
text ("Banjo Attitude") about
An American banjo collector specialized in early Fairbanks. Also a
very good musician and a wonderful person who has always been very kind
with me and my questions!
Another American banjo collector whose
site is full of informations and
images on high quality banjos
made between 1875 and 1915,
mostly in Boston. Very detailed
photos of beautiful
Fairbanks banjos, among others...
FORD, FRETS.COM MUSEUM
I don't know these guys but their site
are very interesting, full of
pictures of beautiful banjos.
A French site dedicated to
country music in France and in
the area Rhone-Alpes, around
A French musician and singer who
made up a show on the history of
the Banjo "BANZA BANJO"
Look to his site which is partly
Nothing to do with banjos, they are a collective of musicians who do
improvised music, jazz, free jazz, but no label can suit them! you'll
have to listen by yourself!
Among them are: Le "Workshop de Lyon", "La Marmite
Infernale", Steve Waring who is also an American Banjoist who
made me discover this instrument, etc.
A French luthier who makes baroque guitars and lutes and some very good
banjos on request or for his own pleasure. He also plays old time and
classical banjo with his wife Patricia.:
30rue Bonne-Aide, 21460
Courcelles-Fremoy (tel: 03 80 96
Polo et Nadine BURGUIERE
They live the Old Time way in a
wonderful isolated house in
Ardèche/France and play fiddle, guitar and banjo in their
group Ida Red. You may have met them on one of the
American festivals, playing with John Herrmann
or/and Meredith McIntosh, their
long time friends... Polo also makes some
good and simple banjo necks on request. (he made one for Frank
( La Monde, 07570 DESAIGNES / FRANCE tel:04
75 06 72 51)
Another banjo luthier (and more)
in the area of Poitiers -
Limoges - Angoulème in France... He makes all sort of banjos, 4
or five strings, and Bouzoukis
Nothing to do with banjos on this
site. This is my other site where you can see the Mosaïcs I make when I
am not making banjos. Too much to do and too little time!...