It’s been a while — been busy building and playing music.

I’m spreading the word about my upcoming cigar box guitar workshop and also letting you know that I plan on doing more and more over the next year or so. I realise many of you aren’t anywhere near Brisbane, so if you’re keen to have a workshop near you, just drop me a line and let me know. I have big travel plans for the next year so could make it to a venue near you soon …

Upcoming workshop – June 2nd

It’ll be a fun day over on Coochiemudlo Island. Coochie is a stone’s throw/short ferry ride from Brisbane, Victoria Point — a beautiful island and a great place to get away for the day.
What’s on?
I’ll be running a how-to-play cigar box guitar workshop. It’ll be great for beginners or for people who want to do more with their instrument. You can bring your own instrument, but there will be some to play/try as well.
There’ll also be a how-to-play harmonica workshop with renowned musician, Billy James.
So I’m sure we’ll all be jamming by the end 🙂
Billy and I will then team up with Scottie Burke on drums/percussion for a house concert following the workshops.
Details, including times, prices, how to pay and Coochie info, are at the bottom of this email.
There’s also a Facebook event with all the info.
Please help spread the word by forwarding this email or tagging friends on the Facebook event — I’d really appreciate it.
1.30pm to 2.45pm – $25
3.00pm to 4.15pm – $25
*Discount: $40 for two workshops
– See below for more detail –


HOUSE CONCERT – Nigel McTrustry & Billy James
5.30pm – 8.00pm (includes BBQ/vegetarian soup from 5pm to 6pm) – $20
*Discount for 2 x workshops and concert: $55
**Discount for 1 x workshop and concert: $35

1.30pm to 2.45pm $25
Billy James is one of Australia’s most experienced professional Blues harmonica performers. He teaches Blues, country, Melody & Chromatic styles with lots of performance and equipment information.
Bring your own C harmonica, or Billy will have some for sale.

3.00pm – 4.15pm $25
Nigel McTrustry will run a workshop on everything Cigar Box Guitar. As a builder, teacher and performer, Nigel will talk about how to play a 3-string-slide, fretless cigar box guitar, share building tips, and his love of cigar box guitars.

Nigel will cover:
– tips on how to get the most out of your CBG, including how to play 12-bar blues
– tuning tips for 3 and 4 string CBGs
– playing fretted and fretless CBGs
– the basics of music theory for your CBG playing.

The last 15 minutes will be dedicated to having a ‘jam’. 

The workshop will cater to beginners and intermediate players. 

This unique, fun instrument with a big sound and history steeped in the blues is experiencing a resurgence with the movement continuing to grow.

‘They’re addictive to play and build, and the music is stripped back and raw. CBGs are a brilliant instrument for the complete beginner to advanced musos looking for a new sound on their palette. It’s about keeping it simple and not getting complicated. And, of course, I’ll show the ‘Smoke on the Water’ riff,’ Nigel said.

Bring your own instrument (cigar box guitar or regular 6 string) and a slide. There will be a few of Nigel’s CBGs & slides to try/use on the day also if you haven’t got your own and want to try it out. 

The how-to-play workshop will be a great introduction to playing slide guitar. Be inspired to build your own instrument and join the cigar box guitar revolution!

HOUSE CONCERT – Nigel McTrustry (CBG), Billy James (harmonica) & Scottie Burke (Percussion /Drums )
Cost $20
5.30pm to 8.00pm
Food included – snags on BBQ or vegetarian soup from 5.00pm to 6.00pm.
BYO alcohol & drinks

Ferry Information-
The passenger ferry leaves Victoria Point at a quarter to & quarter past the hour. It’s a 10-minute trip from Victoria Point in the Redlands. Adults $5 each way with concessions available.
We will have a shuttle organised by prior arrangement before & after the workshops and house concert from the ferry terminal on Coochie to the workshop/concert venue.

There is also a barge service if you would like to bring your vehicle with Amity Trader: https://amitytrader.com/We will provide venue details upon request.

Come early. Stay late. Explore the island. With great walks & beaches close to the venue.
Our host has organised some cheap accommodation if you would like to make a weekend of it. Contact Nigel at nigel@cigarboxguitarsaustralia.comif you’d like more details.
And there are of course other options through Airbnb. 

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COOCHIEMUDLO: https://www.visitcoochiemudlo.com/find-coochie

Limited places for workshops and concert. Email nigel@cigarboxguitaraustralia.comto get your spot. OR call Nigel on 0425 089 589. OR buy your ticket/s at http://cigarboxguitarsaustralia.com/products-page/
Concert tickets also available at the door.
If you have any queries, just drop me a line.
All the best

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