A Serious String Band
Twice Banjaxed is Morien McBurnie and Derek Anderson, a talented hardworking teen duo playing Irish music and original tunes on banjos, guitar, and bouzouki.
The Banjo Boys
Derek has been playing Irish music since he was five years old. A multi-instrumentalist, he is partial to tenor banjo but is known to play bouzouki when pressed. With several top awards in local competitions and two awards in solo banjo at the Midwest Fleadh, Derek is a serious banjo player.
Morien's life is steeped in Irish music and dance. A three time Midwest Fleadh champion in Accompaniment, he chose guitar as his primary instrument at six years old and took up banjo in 2017. Morien has been invited to compete in accompaniment at Fleadhfest in Sligo, Ireland, in summer 2021. A performer at heart, Morien can also be seen dancing in Kickin' It Irish and a Celtic Christmas Hooley.
Derek and Morien met in 2015 at the Minnesota Irish Musicians weekend which was organized by the Center for Irish Music and hosted at The Celtic Junction Arts Center. Since then, they've been honing their skills and having more and more fun playing together. Upon reaching the mature ages of 13 and 14 years old, they began venturing out onto the city streets to make noise and earn a coin or two. You may see them busking at farmers' markets, breweries, and the occasional coffee house.