Ed Hicks – Banjo player – London

Folk Musician, workshop leader, banjo teacher

square_photoEd Hicks is one of the UK’s leading banjo players.  Ed works as a musician, educator, performer and irreverent folk-music activist in London and beyond.

Ed plays 5-string banjo (clawhammer and bluegrass style) as well as 4-string plectrum jazz banjo.  Ed also plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, ukulele, anglo concertina and sings.

Career highlights include:

Education Work

Ed has worked as a banjo teacher and folk music workshop leader for the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) for eight years and was a lead tutor on their Full English project.  He has trained in music workshop leading with Spitalfields Music, EFDSS, Music for Change, Musicleader, Sing Up, Folk Arts England, Platform for Arts and the Discover Centre.

In 2012 Ed set up the Trad Academy, a folk music school based in London designed to help anyone and everyone make music.  The Trad Academy has been a great success and is now set up as a community interest company and this year organised it’s first Folk Music Summer School for Kids!

Theatre Work

Ed has worked for many theatre companies including Ramshacklicious Theatre Co, Folk Dance Remixed (original musical director), The Honk Project, Cirque De Legume and The Cockney Awkestra (artistic director).