We recently got to know Scott & Betsy Heron of the duo, Green Heron at a gig up here in New Hampshire. Since then, they've appeared on the Gitty Gang show a few times and have quickly become good friends.
When we created the 2021 Musical Mutants Build-Off Contest, they jumped right in and created their own double-instrument hybrid. The only way we can introduce this instrument is to play the video first. It features the trad music duo somehow pulling a fantastic tune out of this mutant beast!
Scott describes the instrument:
Is it a banjiddle or a fiddilanjo? Whatever you call it, it's definitely a mutant.
We took an old pine crate, a busted piece of cedar fence, some C. B. Gitty parts, and a few other random bits to create this old-timey abomination.
The pine box makes up the back, sides, banjo top, and even the violin fingerboard. A rejected maple neck was used for the fiddle while a C. B. Gitty walnut neck blank was used for the banjo. The fiddle top was resawn from a chunk of cedar fence that fell victim to a fallen tree branch. The calfskin head was fit atop a bent strip of metal from an old steamer trunk. We're still trying to figure out how to actually play it.
Learn more about their music at www.GreenHeronMusic.com