Banjo sales remain constant

Funny story written by Ben Macnair

Monday, 31 December 2007

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See, Mr Formby, when I'm cleaning windows

The world trade in Banjos has not improved for the seventieth year in a row.

The stringed instrument, most famous for it's turn in 'Deliverence' and the Banjolele used by George Formby has had a serious image problem for years.

'The problem for the banjo is the same as for the Accordion........ It does not have the same attractions as a Guitar or a Saxophone, or even a Piano. Nobody ever looks good playing a Banjo' said Banjo fan and player Leonard '5 Strings' Bailey, 76. Bailey owns a large collection of the simple 5 string instruments, but has been single for 30 years.

'Maybe if I had followed Jimi's advice in 1966, things would have been different' said Bailey, clutching an old guitar that was once played by a certain Mr Hendrix.

'Of course' continues Baiey wistfully 'a jam that I did with Jimi, just an electric guitar, my old Banjo, and a comb and paper became 'Crosstown Traffic. It is true, but people only say that I am a wittering old man'.

Leonard Bailey's Banjo Museum is open from 9am until 9pm every second Tuesday in the month.

The funny story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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