The B&M Empress banjos are beautiful instruments named in memory of the 'RMS Empress of Ireland'' steam ship which sank on Canada's St Lawrence River in May 1914 with the loss of over 1000 lives. Mr Albert Mullins, who was on the return leg of a 2 year worldwide sales voyage, was one of the lost souls that day.
The Barnes & Mullins 'Troubadour' is a superb burled maple 5 string banjo named after the monthly music publication 'The Troubadour' issued and created by Mr Bowley Barnes and Albert Mullins beginning in their music-hall heyday of 1895. Along with Barnes & Mullins' banjo-specific title 'The Jo', the Troubadour represented the cutting edge of contemporary music news, comment and transcription.
The Barnes and Mullins UBJ1 Banjo-lele is a charming instrument. Made in the tradition of many banjo-ukes before it, the UBJ1 is scaled and strung as a Ukulele. The result is unmistakably 'Ukulele Banjo' in both tone, feel and appearance.