Here are some interesting Eddie Peabody related links. Please contact me if you wish to add one.
Jim Bottorff has wonderfully preserved Eddie's LP called "Learning the Plectrum Banjo" for future generations to learn from. These show the way Eddie approached the banjo and are as valid today as when they were recorded.
Eddie's instruments are on display at the National Music Museum in Vermillion, S. Dakota, USA. Here is an article about it and here is the display.
There is a display for Eddie Peabody at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma, USA. They have one of his VegaVox 4 banjos, some very rare film and pictures too. He is also a member of it's Hall of Fame.
Eddie's style of banjo playing lives on. AllFrets is a non-profit organisation that promotes fretted instruments including the plectrum banjo. Many "Peabody style" players regularly perform at the yearly meetings.
Eddie promoted Vega banjos from the 1920's until the end of his career. Although they do not make VegaVox models anymore, they do still exist as a company under the Deering banner and produce fine banjos.
A great modern player who encompasses Eddie Peabody style banjo is the outstanding soloist Peter Mezoian. He has spent many years on cruise-liners and promoted this style of playing in front of a modern audience.
Many of those old DOT recordings Eddie did in the 50's are available as downloads on I-Tunes. Quite a few of his albums are on there now including the 1920's recordings.
Howard Shepherd is an excellent professional player who performed regularly on TV in the 1970's with his group "Shep's Banjo Boys". He studied Eddie's style and plays very much like him. He lives in Manchester, England.
Although the VegaVox is no longer manufactured, a modern banjo in a similar style is the Pietsch MasterVox. These are custom built to order by Norbert Pietsch in Bremen, Germany, and represent the ultimate in quality.
Ebay always has something of Eddie on it, DOT LPs, old 78's, memorabilia etc. Check the link out regularly.
The Eddie Peabody Story by the late Lowell Schreyer is a "must have" for everyone who has visited this site. It is a most carefully researched book and has so many details it will keep you coming back to find out more.
George Robert Peabody's book "Man with the banjo" is based on his Father's pre-war exploits in Europe. A great read that will keep you entertained ! It is available through all good bookshops or through Amazon.com
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