Page added: 08/10/2005.
Last updated: 02/03/2014.
Last updated: 02/03/2014.
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A couple of updates re gigs:
Sunday March 30th from 2.30.p.m. we're at The Fat Cat Brewery Tap, Lawson Road., Norwich. - Great Real Ales -
Saturday 9th August - Main Stage The Reepham Festival , Reepham Norfolk.
see www.reephamfestival.co.uk for times and details and we are in the process of developing a new website with a new address. Details and a forwarding link below. It's still being populated but is "live" although all our details and updates may not yet appear.
Our new website address is
Details of Gigs and Performances will appear on the new site within the next few weeks. Please be patient with us. Many thanks
Some up and coming local gigs. Hope to see you there -
Friday 8th November from 8.30.p.m at the Ploughshare, Beeston, Norfolk
Friday 22nd November from 8.30.p.m. at The Bird in Hand, Wreningham, Norfolk. www.birdinhandwreningham.com
Two great pubs with fine food & fabulous ales!!
Hear Hayley & Mike with Sam Matthews of The Assembly House on BBC Rodeo Norfolk, Saturday 9th November from around 10.30.a.m. talking with Keith Greentree about The Thanksgiving Supper and Concert on Thursday 28th November. For full details scroll down......
Have a look at Hayley & Mike with Norwich Singer/Songwriter Solomon Amos playing and promoting a great new British Made Banjo the brainchild of Norwich banjo lover and the inspiration behind both Banjos Direct & The Great British Banjo Company, Simon Middleton. Help support this fantastic project and read more on www.greatbritishbanjo.co.uk
(To silence the background tracks scroll down the page to the player and click pause.)
...now watch The Shackleton Banjo on TV news!
Anglia TV, the ITV station for the East of England, featured The Shackleton project on its evening news show last week. It's a great little piece which we hope you will enjoy. The bright sounding banjo carrying the tune is The Shackleton itself, played by Mike King of 'Hayley Moyses & The Bluegrass Forum'.
The deeper, mellower banjo is our Islander Ash Leaf model, played by Norwich singer-songwriter Solomon Amos. And fiddle accompaniment is provided by Hayley Moyses herself. Shot right outside our workshop in the middle of the beautiful city of Norwich, Norfolk, UK. Thank you to all involved, including Natalie Gray at Anglia TV!
Catch us at our next gig which is a first for the band at the "Bird in Hand" at Wrenningham. It's on the 29th March with us playing from 8.30.p.m. Please come along and support us and this great pub which is just outside Norwich just off the B1113.
What an amazing time we had in West Norfolk. Thanks to all that came to see us at both the Wolf Folk Club, Wolferton, Sandringham and also to all who ventured out the next day to the Queen Victoria at Snettisham. You all made us feel very welcome & happy.
A special thanks go to Roger & Patsy Young at Flitcham for their great hospitality which included a superb buffet prior to the evenings performance at Wolferton. Also thanks from Hayley & Sarah the comfortable beds and lovely breakfast. My thanks also to Steve &Lorraine at Sandringham for their hospitality, wonderful comfy bed and lovely breakfast and mugs & mugs of tea.And last but by no means least another huge thanks to Lise and her charming and welcoming parents for the superb lunch and comfy repose afterwards.
Mike/Chaz Feb. 2013.
Some sad news and I know a little late, but the great dobro player Mike Auldridge passed away on December 29th 2012 after a long battle with cancer. He was my initial inspiration and was the leading player that brought the instrument to a larger audience following on from the great Josh Graves. Sad to say I missed meeting up with him when I attended the Resosummit in Nashville. He dropped by, unannounced for an hour or so but I was in a lesson with Rob Ickes and did'nt know he was on the campus. His legacy will live on and will continue to inspire us lesser mortal dobro players.
Chaz (Mike) January 2013.
Our next two gigs are in the wilds of West Norfolk. On Thursday the 21st February at The Wolf Folk Club, Wolferton, Sandringham where we will be doing a rare unamplified set. We are really looking forward to it and send our thanks to Roger & Patsy for inviting us to what is one of the best clubs in Norfolk.
Then on Friday 22nd we are back in the area at The Queens Head, Snettisham from 8.00.p.m. doing our full blown "pub" set. Hope you can make it.
Another great gig at The Fat Cat Brewery Tap, Lawson Rd, Norwich yesterday Sunday afternoon the 27th January .Thanks to you all for coming down and for giving us such a warm reception. Much appreciated. The Fat Cat BT is our favourite Norwich venue so it's a big thanks to all the team there for making us so welcome.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
What a great night it was at the wonderful PLOUGHSHARE in Beeston just west of Dereham. It's a great pub with some great beer & food and a great welcome. A big, big thank you to all of you who packed the place out especially on such a terrible wet & windy night. We all really enjoyed playing for you all as well as enjoying your company. A big thanks goes to Paddy and his guest Anna from Montana who we hope has had a great stay in the UK. Look forward to seeing you all sometime in the New Year just keep on looking here for details.
Thank you for your support during 2012 and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thanks to all who came out to see us The Bell, Salhouse, on the evening of December 1st. It was a quiet start but as the evening passed several more of you braved the cold to come and lend us your support. A big thank you to you and to the great guys at The Bell for their continued support of the band. We couldn't be more grateful.
Thanks to all who came to see the band and Nigel Boy Syer last Sunday evening at Arkwrights. A small but select audience who made the evening a very enjoyable one for us. Watch this space for we my be promoting a regular Sunday spot at the venue. More information to follow.
Watch this space for news of our upcoming show tour of Norfolk & Suffolk with other leading artistes. Full details soon
Thanks to all at the NORWICH BEER FESTIVAL, St Andrew's Hall, Norwich from last night. We were knocked out by reception we received at the end of our second set. Good ole' "Duelin Banjos!!" Catch us at our next gig with Norfolk Legend Nigel Boy Sayer at Arkwrights, Hobart Sq., Norwich on Sunday 18th November. The poster is below wth all the info...just scroll down.
What a successful evening it was at The 2012 Norfolk Arts Awards Ceremony last night the 26th October.We really enjoyed being part of what is destined to become one of the leading arts events in the county. Our thanks and congratulations go to Stash Kirkbride Peter Beck and Peter Barrow for their vision and for their dedication in turning an idea into a reality.
2012 Hostry Festival in association with the Eastern Daily Press
For details of the Hostry Festival Events visit
Thanks to all at The Ploughshare, Beeston, Nr. Dereham and the great audience for a wonderful reception last night. See you all in December
A huge thanks to all at the Bell, Salhouse for a great evening and to all of you that gave us such a great reception. I know we all felt that you helped us really nail the evening.
Mike is proud to announce that he will be playing and endorsing the Paul Beard Signature Gold Tone Resonator/Dobro Guitar. This superb instrument has been supplied by the Norwich based dealer BANJOS DIRECT. Make sure to contact them when buying your next banjo or resonator guitar.
Tel +44(0)1603 305800
For the next band gigs keep watching the "GIGS" page