New videos – how to play songs on the cigar box guitar

I’ve had time to put together some new videos for how-to-play songs on the cigar box guitar. Here are some links below:

‘Back in Black’:
‘Get Back’:
‘Voodoo Chile (slight return)’: 

And just to throw in something a little different, here’s a vid with images from gigs and my workshop:

Let me know if there are other songs you’d like to learn and I’ll get onto it!


I’ve been playing the CBG at venues around Brisbane and the Byron Bay area in the last couple of months. Here are a few pics.

Lefty's Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane

Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane

Brunswick Hotel

Brunswick Hotel

The Joynt, Brisbane

The Joynt, Brisbane

West End (Davies Park) market in Brisbane

It’s winter in Brisbane and the 4.30am starts required to set up a stall at West End market on a Saturday morning are nearly killing me – but worth it. It’s a great, grassroots market that has some amazing buskers, great food and interesting characters. I’ll be down there the next couple of Saturdays and then the last couple in August. Come down to have a play – or if you want to just hang and listen.

At Davies Park market

At Davies Park market

Upcoming events

I’m heading out to the centre of Queensland for Gemfest from 7-10 August. I’ll be playing my CBGs on stage, as well as having a stall. I’d love to see you there (if you’re out that way!) It’s gonna be a blast.

Leftys Old Time Music Hall, Caxton St, Brisbane, 9pm, 21 August

Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Festival, 19-21 September, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

I’ll be performing at this festival located in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. I’ll also have a stall so come and check it out!

For tickets and more info:

Grotto Fest, 1 November, Marburg, Queensland

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