"Gorgeous... a great companion, its voice crisp and precise with lots of tonal variation on hand... with the quality and service on offer here I really don't think you could go wrong."
"British-made Shackleton products illustrate the spirit of exploration personified by my grandfather Ernest Shackleton."Alexandra Shackleton
The great Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton described his ship's banjo as "vital mental medicine" and insisted on rescuing the instrument when his ship Endurance was crushed and sunk by Antarctic pack ice in 1915. Two years later, after an epic adventure of extraordinary courage and fortitude, Shackleton brought all his men home alive. The original banjo (autographed by Shackleton and his men) now resides in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
A century on from that great expedition and inspired by the morale-boosting role of the legendary banjo from Endurance, we create the finest quality hand-made British instruments, in our own factory in Norwich, Norfolk: the first banjo factory to be launched in Britain for more than 60 years.
The art of choosing a banjo, like any musical instrument, is all about balancing the investment required against quality, performance, enjoyment, longevity of service, and that hard to define factor you might call 'desirability'.
November 22nd 2015: one hundred years and a day after Shackleton's ship Endurance sank beneath the pack ice of the Weddell Sea. An appropriate date for a distant relative of Ernest Shackleton to headline the latest of our Shackleton Sessions concerts.