Festival fever

Great Southern Blues Festival – Narooma, New South Wales

It’s been another few months full of festivals. We drove down the east coast of Australia from Brisbane, via Byron Bay, Yamba, Evans Head, Sydney and Wollongong, all the way to Narooma for another great year at the Great Southern Blues Festival. Music, madness and cigar box guitars! And, of course, the Blues. I performed in Ferny’s Juke Joint and on the main stage with MoondogsGypsy BluesBand. Great fun!


Beautiful Narooma – crystal clear water



At Ferny’s Juke Joint




Getting ready to go on stage

 Mud Bulls and Music – Jimna, Queensland

I’ve just been up at the Mud Bulls Music Festival at Landcruiser Park, near Kilcoy in Queensland. The last time I was at an event that involved bulls was Pamplona in Spain. This little country gem of a festival had great music and great people. There’s a lot of country rock happening at the moment and people really loved the cigar box guitar.


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From crab racing to bull riding, this festival had it all and everything in between. Rodeos, 4WDs and music … but more dust than mud. That just about sums it up. Shame it was the last one.



14 kilometres of this road in and out of the festival

Village Blues, Dunoon, New South Wales

Mid-October I was at the Village Blues in Dunoon, northern New South Wales. It was great to see the cigar box guitar in action with The Hoochers and Two Rivers. Dunoon is a great spot in the hinterland behind Byron Bay – and the sports club was a top venue.

Upcoming events

For some cigar box guitar blues n grooves, come along to Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall in Caxton St, Brisbane, Thursday 20 November from 9.30pm.



Woodford Folk Festival – Xmas/New Year’s

I’ll be back again this year at Woodford Folk Festival with my cigar box guitars. Yes, it’s hot but there really is nothing else like it on the festival calendar. Come along and check it out!


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Latest how-to-play cigar box guitar video

Here’s my latest video on how to play Folsom Prison Blues. Check it out and leave a comment!



Thanks again for following me on this cigar box guitar journey.


Nigel McTrustry

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One Response to Festival Fever and the cigar box guitar

  • Graham 'fingers' Alibone says:

    I’m jealous, luv what you showed us, does it ever rain on your festival’s Nigel? I always enjoy your ‘net’ posts.

    Take care Nigel, ‘fingers’

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