The Burnt Banjos Benefit Show for Pharis and Jason Romero

On the night of June 4th, Pharis and Jason Romero, and their two young children endured the loss of their beloved banjo shop to a fire that destroyed the building and all it’s contents as well as their adjacent sleeping quarters in the midst of a home renovation. Fortunately no one was physically harmed in the fire other than a few singed eyebrows and a community of shattered hearts. Even though insured, the struggle to make ends meet is real, now that all of their sources of income have turned to ashes.

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Pharis and Jason are working musicians well known for their Juno-award winning duet, their active involvement as teachers and also for their fully handcrafted banjos. Lost in the fire was a batch of five impeccable, finished banjos ready to be shipped to customers the next day. This shop was home to their independent businesses and stored all of their merchandise as self-represented artists and all the banjo making tools and custom jigs that Jason had been perfecting for the past 15 years.


To add to the loss of their businesses, Pharis and Jason’s extensive collection of vintage instruments was also lost in the fire. The world of guitar enthusiasts is deeply mourning the loss of these precious works of history. While there is no way of replacing these priceless instruments, the studio can, and will, be built again.


On June 30th friends and family of the Romero’s will be holding a fundraising concert at the W.I.S.E. Hall in Vancouver featuring many of Vancouver and BC’s most beloved artists. A silent auction will also take place at the event to raise funds in addition to ticket sales. 100% of proceeds will go towards the Romero family in helping to rebuild their lives, careers, and musical legacy.


For more information, or to contribute silent auctions items, please contact Marin Patenaude at



About Pharis and Jason Romero

Singing vibrant duets, writing deadly songs, playing handmade banjos and loving old acoustic guitars, Pharis & Jason Romero have a classic story. When a matchmaker, some scratchy old records, and a custom banjo led to their meeting in 2007, they quickly knew they were in for the long haul. They’ve since released five records – three as a duo – and toured across North America and the UK. They’ve been featured on NPR Music, CBC, BBC, Folk Alley, and many more, and have performed on A Prairie Home Companion and CBC’s The Vinyl Cafe. They are passionate teachers and believers in many things folk, and their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds.


A Wanderer I’ll Stay (2015) is the latest in a string of critically acclaimed, award-winning albums from the duo. Raising a family while developing an ever-growing demand for custom J. Romero Banjos, Pharis and Jason have made time to carve out new songs – heartbreak to wilderness dwellers, gourd banjo instrumentals to hopeful refrains – and put their singularly recognizable stamp on old songs. Called “sublime” (NPR) and “brilliant” (BBC), it was nominated for a Juno Award, an International Folk Music Award and four Canadian Folk Music Awards, while the title track was 2015’s #1 most-played song on the Folk-DJ Charts. Pharis & Jason’s releases continue to attract audiences and radio play globally.

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