IT’S not every day you find a banjo hidden in the bushes alongside a major highway.
However, Stratton resident Troy Condo did just that recently as he was driving along Great Northern Highway on the way to Aveley when he spotted a black case leaning up against a post.
“I went back to collect what I thought was an old guitar but it turned out to be a banjo,” Mr Condo said.
His rare find was somewhat fortuitous for chart-topping English folk rock band Mumford & Sons.
The previous night they had played a sold-out show at the Belvoir Amphitheatre, Upper Swan.
The band later reported to police valuable earpieces and other music gear had been stolen from backstage after the event.
However, they did not even know the banjo was missing, even though band member Country Winston Marshall had played it during the gig.
Mr Condo heard on the radio that Mumford & Sons had lost some gear and quickly put two and two together.
“We e-mailed the band and their tour manager called and said they had no idea the banjo was missing,” he said.
“Apparently, it was one of the banjos they used on the live set.”
The band arranged for the banjo to be collected and shipped to the next leg of their tour in Sydney.
There’s a good chance Troy might get some free tickets to the show next time Mumford & Sons are in town.