From Agnes Waters to Byron Bay

The Agnes Waters Blues and Roots Festival was an awesome experience. I played the cigar box guitar with Caroline Hammond on percussion on Friday and Saturday to an appreciative crowd, most of whom hadn't seen a CBG before and came to explore later at the stall. I always get a kick out of seeing someone pick up a CBG for the first time to give it a try.

Agnes Waters is about 7 hours drive north of Brisbane. It's a small regional community in a beautiful part of the country and the people at the festival came from all over. They were there for the music and they

loved it. The line-up was stellar and I really enjoyed Devil's Kiosk, Blind Willie Wagtail, Mason Rack, L'il Fi and Phil Emmanuel. The stall was right next to the main stage so I had proximity on my side. And noise. My boy didn't have a problem sleeping through the noise, though. Good training.

Here's a clip from Agnes Waters Blues and Roots Festival:

Back in the workshop now building for the Byron Bay Bluesfest – another amazing line-up and I'm looking forward to seeing some music as well as jamming in the stall.

We've got a great crew at Bluesfest, including Pat Curley who can teach anyone to play the CBG in no time at all. Check out his website if you want more information and some great lessons: He also puts videos on his Facebook page. There's something in the videos for both the beginner and the professional

so check them out:

On stage at the Agnes Waters Blues and Roots Festival

Nigel McTrustry and Caroline Hammond at Agnes Waters Blues and Roots Festival

Cigar box guitar at the festival

Cigar box guitar stall at festival

Re-stringing the CBG at the camp site before the gig

Hope to see you at the Byron Bluesfest!

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