Greg Deering is as large in real life as his banjos are in the marketplace. Deering Banjo Company is the biggest and most sophisticated of the 25 Banjo Builders interviewed in this Series. To say their factory was impressive is an understatement.
Greg is an artist, a craftsman and an inventive machinery design engineer. You can see his touch everywhere in Deering's 18,000 square foot factory (with 35 employees!). They're cranking out banjos in a frenzy... trying to meet the demand for the products they've created (i.e. the Goodtime).
Don't miss this soft-spoken man's personal story. It never ceases to amaze me... how fellow musicians join together, then split apart as each continues to grow.
The Deering story would make for a great Hollywood script.
Recognized for their artistry, craftsmanship and performance, Greg Deering is one of 38 select Builders included in the North American Banjo Builder Series. Filmed entirely on location by Craig Evans, there are four volumes in the DVD Series: Banjo Builders East of the Mississippi (Volume 1), Banjo Builders West of the Mississippi (Volume 2), Conversations with Banjo Historians (Volume 3) and More Conversations with North American Banjo Builders (Volume 4). Smithsonian Folkways has created the "Instrument Builder Collection" to permanently house the Series for posterity.
For more information or to order the Banjo Builder Series, go to: northamericanbanjobuilders.com