Banjo Embargo
Acoustic Mash-Up Band

About Banjo Embargo – professional acoustic band available in the UK & Europe
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Banjo Embargo are an Edinburgh-based acoustic mash-ups band delivering party classics in an original and imaginative style.

Once described as ‘Hayseed Dixie on speed with a serious chunk of Funk!’, they have been making fans wherever they play.

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They feature five string banjo, chunky acoustic guitar, double bass, stripped down drums (sometimes even a suitcase) and brilliant four part harmonies.

This tweed-clad Edinburgh quintet have been entertaining crowds across Europe with their brilliantly imaginative take on some of pop’s most memorable tunes. Whatever your flavour they’ve got it covered!

Since their inception in 2007, their shows have included many gigs up and down the country and beyond including festivals, awards ceremonies, the 2014 Ryder Cup end party, Edinburgh Film Festival wrap parties, Edinburgh Book Festival launch parties, gigs for Visit Scotland, Fynefest, List Magazine's annual Festival Party, Club Vegas and The World Famous Spiegeltent along with over 400 other shows.

Other notables are gigs at the old Marquee Club in Soho, London, a cocktail boat on Loch Lomond, an awards ceremony in Malta and a pool party in Ibiza.

They've also played many private parties too including one for the cast of BBC's Eastenders and another for fashion designer Jenny Packham.

With 5 string banjo, acoustic guitar, double bass, stripped-down drum kit and 4 vocalists, some really do say that their bluegrass-funk interpretations are better than the originals.

Their eclectic and diverse blend of mash-ups include tunes by Louis Prima, Radiohead, Daft Punk, The Prodigy, Metalica, Panjabi MC’s Knightrider remix of ‘Mundian To Bach Ke’, a bluegrass souped version of Dizzy Rascal’s ‘Dance Wiv Me’, New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ and ‘Jump Around’ by House of Pain.

Our set list also includes Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love', a high-octane version of Duran Duran’s ‘Girls on Film’, a stylophone-powered version of 'The Final Countdown', The Beastie Boys’ ‘Intergalactic’, Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’, and Nelly’s bluegrass-ed ‘Hot In Herre’.

So if you're looking to hire the finest modern bluegrass pop covers band UK has to offer, get in touch with us.

Barney (Guitar & Vocals)

Barney has recorded albums and played and toured in USA, Holland and extensively in the U.K. Won the MTV ‘In The City’ Unsigned Band of the Year award in 1997 and subsequently signed a two-single deal with Boy George before securing a large album deal with New York-based label ‘Roadrunner Records’.

He has an honours degree in Sonic Art, DJs and also does music and sound design for adverts, theatre and dance.

Richard (Drums & Vocals)

Richard graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a 1st class honours degree in music, and now plays regularly across the UK and further afield.

Recent artists he has worked with include number 1 boyband The Wanted, The Sugababes, Grammy nominee Muhsinah, African Jazz Singer 'Somi' (number 2 world music artist works with John Legend, Paul Simon, Dave Gilmore), number one selling artists The Noisettes, Scottish rising star Carrie Mac, electronic act Homework and critically acclaimed Jazz/Fusion group The Discordian Trio.

He has performed on BBC1, 2, ITV and Channel 4 and as well as radio stations across Europe and played in the multiple award-winning show 'Hamlet! The Musical'.

Pat (Banjo & Vocals)

Pat was born in Belfast and has lived all over the UK. As well as playing the 5 string in Banjo Embargo he plays in and manages Edinburgh based independent folk/bluegrass band Southern Tenant Folk Union and London-based soundtrack maestros The Incredibly Strange Film Band.

An experienced touring and recording musician, Pat has won many awards, performed on national radio (Radio 4's 'Loose Ends') TV (Saturday Night Live) and in theatres and venues all over Europe and the USA.

Craig (Double Bass)

Craig has a degree in music from Napier University in Edinburgh and has spent time in New York City performing and studying at The New School while also studying privately with bass masters such as John Patitucci and Felix Pastorius.

An experienced and versatile musician, he has shared the stage with modern jazz/fusion group The Discordian Trio, contemporary folk singer Jake Cogan, 60's French pop revivalists Jack And The, African jazz singer Somi, and New York based improvised comedy group The Vigilante among others.

He has performed live on national radio shows and toured the UK on a number of occasions as well appearing at major events including the Cheltenham Jazz festival.

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"Thank you all so much once again. You were truly awesome x."
– Wilma Murray, 22 February 2020, wedding in Edinburgh
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"Guys thank you so much for playing our wedding at Marlins Wynd. We had a great time and everyone loved you guys. I have never danced so much at a wedding you guys made it a great night. Loved the star wars music. Cheers. Stewart and Keren."
– Stewart Wyllie, 16 January 2020, wedding in Edinburgh
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“Classic Old Skool hip-hop played on banjo and other acoustic instruments and recounted in three part harmony. What’s not to like?”
– Alastair Tibbit, 21 December 2019, corporate event in London
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Audio samples
Crazy In Love / Are You My Woman
Mundian To Bach Ke
The Final Countdown
Enter Sandman - Metallica
Rock Your Body
Dance Wiv Me - Dizzee Rascal
Billie Jean
Set List

Addicted To Love – Robert Palmer

Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Kahn

American Boy - Estelle

Atomic – Blondie

Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-lot

Back In Black – Ac/dc

Backstabbers – The O’jays*

Baggy Trousers - Madness

Beggin’ – Frankie Valli

Billie Jean – Michael Jackson

Blazing Saddles (theme) – Mel Brooks

Blue Monday – New Order

Boom Shake Shake Shake The Room Vs Shake Your

Body Down To The Ground – Jazzy Jeff & Fresh

Prince + The Jackson 5

Born Slippy Vs What Time Is Love – Underworld & Klf

Breakout – The Foo Fighters

Breaking The Law – Judas Priest (swing Style)

Bring Me Sunshine – Morecambe & Wise

Bustin’ Loose/flashlight – Chuck Brown And The

Soul Searchers Vs Parliament*

California Love – Tupac

California Soul – Marlena Shaw

Caspar’s Friendly Ghost Town – The Specials (ghost Town With Caspar The Friendly Ghost Lyrics Magically Superimposed)

Close To You – The Cure

Counting Flowers On The Wall – Statler Brothers (from Pulp Fiction)

Crazy In Love – Beyonce & Jay-z/the Chi-lites

Da Funk – Daft Punk

Django Unchained (theme Song) – Luis Bacalov

Via Tarantino

Dance Wiv Me – Calvin Harris/dizzee Rascal

Don't Stop Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson

Don’t You Want Me Baby – The Human League

Dr Beat – Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

Enter Mr Sandman – Metallica Meets The Chordettes

Everybody' Talkin – Harry Nilsson

Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor

Firestarter – The Prodigy

Flash Gordon – Queen (swing Style)

Foggy Mountain Special – Flatt & Scruggs

For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder C/o Sammy Davis Jnr

Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash

For Your Love - The Yardbirds

From Russia With Love (title Theme) – Matt Monro

Get Ur Freak On – Missy Elliot

Ghostbusters Theme – Ray Parker Jr

Girls On Film – Duran Duran

‘just’ Hate To Say I Told You So – Radiohead Meets The Hives

Hot In Herre – Nelly

Hypnotize – Notorious Big

I Feel Love – Donna Summer

I Like To Move It – Reel To Real (madagascar)*

I’m Sexy And I Know It - Lmfao

Intergalactic – Beastie Boys

Iron Man – Black(-grass) Sabbath

Islands In The Stream – Dolly Parton/kenny Rogers

It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones

I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges/iggy Pop

James Bond Theme – The John Barry Seven

Jolene – Dolly Parton

Just A Gigolo/i Ain’t Got Nobody Medley – Louis Prima

Jump Around/rappers Delight/babys Got Back -

House Of Pain Vs Sugarhill Gang Vs Sir Mix-a-lot

Killing In The Name Of – Rage Against The Machine*

Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas

Last Night A Dj Saved My Life – Indeep*

Lay All Your ‘bluegrass’ On Me – Abba

Let’s Dance – David ‘bluegrass’ Bowie

Let’s Do The Timewarp Again – Rocky Horror Picture Show

Light My Fire – Shirley Bassey

Little Green Bag – George Baker Selection

Living For The City – Stevie Wonder

Love Me Tender - Elvis

Loveboat Theme – Disco Salsoul Orchestra (can Be Sung In German As ‘das Liebes Schiff’)

Mas Que Nada – Sergio Mendes *

Mundian To Bach Ke (knight Rider Mix) – Punjabi Mc

Muppet Show Theme & Mahna Mahna – Jim

Henson/sam Pottle Meets Piero Umiliani

Music To Watch Girls By – Andy Williams

New Pollution - Beck

Night Fever – The Bee Gees

Nine To Five – Dolly Parton

Pick Up The Pieces – Average White Band

Polkaface – Lady Ga Ga

Rawhide Theme - The Blue Brothers

Regulate/i Keep Forgetting – Warren G Vs Michael Mcdonald

Ring Of Fire – Johnny Cash/tom Jones

Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake

Sabotage – Beastie Boys

Seven Nation Army – White Stripes

Shake It Off – Taylor Swift

Sharp Dressed Man – Zz Top

She Said – Plan B

Spanish Flea – Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass

Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

Stonehengian Rhapsody – Spinal Tap And Queen

Straight Down The Middle – Bing Crosby

Song 2 - Blur

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana

Star Wars Imperial March ‘bluegrass’

Theme/cantina Theme/bushes Of Love *

Swingtime For Hitler (our Swinging Version Of ‘springtime For Hitler’ From The Producers) – Mel Brooks

Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand

Tell Me When (quando Quando Quando) – Englebert Humperdink

That’s Amore – Dean Martin

The Next Episode – Dr Dre & Snoop Dogg

‘theme From Shaft’ – Isaac Hayes *

Timber – Pitbull Ft Keisha

The Bear Necessities – Jungle Book

The Final Countdown – Europe (a Stylophone-led Spectacular)

The Message – Grandmaster Melle Mel (& The Furious Five) *

Theme From ‘the Pink Panther’ – Henry Mancini

Tainted Love/brand New Combine Harvester

(‘tainted Harvester’) – Gloria Jones/soft Cell Vs Wurzels

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Gil Scot Heron

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Viva Las Vegas – Elvis Presley

Volare – Dean Martin

Walk On The Wild Side/i Wanna Be Like You/sex

Machine – Lou Reed Meets Jungle Book Meets James Brown

Welcome To The Jungle – Guns’n’roses (in A Proper Country Style)

Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin

Word Up – Cameo-grass

Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush

Young Scene – Keith Mansfield

You’re The One That I Want (from Grease) – Angus & Julia Stone Slow Version

You Got The Love – Candi Staton Vs Frankie Knuckles

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