by top virtuoso of the banjo Howard Shep
Shepherd, SHEP’S BANJO BOYS
are a household name on the lips of cabaret and stage audiences,
television viewers, radio listeners and disc buyers alike.
formation of SHEP’S BANJO BOYS
was originally the idea of Howard’s late father Will and
they have since delighted thousands with their never-ending
contrasting styles until now never played on the banjo.
by his father, Howard took up the banjo at the age of 11 and
shortly afterwards made several broadcasts with BBC Radio “Children’s
Hour” which led to an invitation at the age of 14 to appear
on BBC TV Variety Show “All your Own” broadcast
from the then Lime Grove Studios.
years Howard and his father performed as a double act working
the Social Clubs and Theatres which also included several radio
Shep’s Banjo Boys first formed
the front line led by Howard included his father Will and brother
Graham (who left the band in 1975 to go to Australia). Shep’s
Banjo Boys were resident at the Golden Garter
Manchester for over 3 years. Sheps
became a nationally recognised band with their regular musical
spot on John Hamp’s top-rating show of Granada TV’s
“The Comedians” (now being repeated on Granada Plus
TV). Then the Show did a national tour of UK theatres including
a six month season at the London Palladium. They have made guest
appearances on “Pebble Mill”, “The Golden
Shot” and “Wheel Tappers and Shunters Club”
1972 saw Sheps touring Sweden for 2 weeks and they also appeared
on Dutch TV on two occasions.
career started in 1969 and later had a 3 year contract with
Pye Records. Of recent times Shep has recorded a CD featuring
the banjo with guitar accompaniment which is proving popular
with banjo enthusiasts. All CD recordings are available from Howard at HowardWShep@aol.com or tel. (0161) 445 2254.
1980 Shep was booked to be the headliner
at the Mid West Banjo Convention in Arkansas, USA.
Shep still occasionally performs solo.
the 80’s Shep’s Banjo Boys
regularly entertained QE2 passengers playing background reception
music in addition to their cabaret spot.
a very successful Comedians Reunion Show, Shep’s
Banjo Boys appeared in Sunday concerts throughout
July to October 2002 at the Opera house Blackpool.
finds his Trio and Duo is an effective unit for today’s
market/budget so in addition to the band now leads SHEP’S
RHYTHM ACES be it for promotional gigs at Shopping
Malls, Private Functions/Corporate events/Theme Parks/Trains/Cruises/Background
reception music/Weddings, etc.
will travel anywhere for example Howard took his Duo two years
in succession to Guernsey to entertain visitors during their
Festival week and took his Trio to the Isle of Man to top an
Old Tyme Music Hall which proved a great success.