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A Neckville STory

Saturday, May 18, 2013

A little story - way back in 2003 I was touring the USA with my band and was invited to meet Tom Nechville at his banjo workshop in Bloomington, outside Minneapolis. He was incredibly hospitable and I got the chance to experience his amazingly innovative and fine sounding Nechville banjos. I ended up buying one on the spot, and it's been my favorite instrument ever since.  I realised later he has made them for people like Bela Fleck, The Dixie Chicks, Steve Martin, Noam Pieklny and Alison Brown, to name a few.

Anyway, you can check out the full story at .

Tom and I have stayed in touch and I'm excited to announce that 10 years later I've become the Australian distributor for Nechville banjos and naturally I cannot recommend them highly enough. I now own two, and have sold quite a few to students of mine, all of which have been exceptional quality.

Feel free to contact me if you would like to come play one (I'm in Melbourne, btw).

Also I am able to give discounts that will make them cheaper than any you will find on the internet.

All the best.

Gus Macmillan.


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Playing Since: 1987
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Gender: Male
Age: 57

My Instruments:
Banjo, Guitar, flute, harmonica, bad keyboard.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
John Hartford, Punch Brothers, Louvrin Brothers, Crooked Still, RIley Baugus, Doc Watson, Blue Grassy Knoll, Devil Goat Family String Band, Ed McCurdy, Andrew Bird, Bad Livers, Beau Hunks, Raymond Scott, Robert Crumb, Tom Waites, Paul Kelly, The Bedridden, Jonathon Richmond, C.W.Stoneking, The Carter Family, Chatham County Line, The Darling Downs, Dirk Powell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Django Rhinehart, Dolly Parton, Ennio Morricone, Feist, Campervan Beethoven, G.Love and Special Sauce, Gillian Welsh, Headbelly Buzzard, Iron and Wine, Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss, Jonny Cash, Jolie Holand, Machine Translations; Martha Wainwright, Neko Case, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Patty Griffen, The Pogues, Richard Buckner, The Re Chords, Scud Mountain Boys, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Steve Martin, Taraf de Haïdouks, Tim OBrien,

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Banjo player & teacher. I play with lots of bands in Melbourne, Australia including Blue Grassy Knoll, who write and perform soundtracks to Buster Keaton movies and tour internationally. I also work as a sound deigner and composer for film and theatre.

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