We’ve had a really busy couple of months – travelled to some great festivals, including the Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Festival just outside Gympie, the Great Southern Blues Festival in Narooma (about 5 hours south of Sydney) and GrottoFest in Marburg Queensland.


Sunset over Mitchell Creek Festival

Sunset over Mitchell Creek Festival


Cigar box guitars

Cigar box guitars


Fire ritual at Grotto Fest

Fire ritual at Grotto Fest


I played a few tunes at Mitchell Creek. People love the cigar box guitar! Here’s a clip of one of my songs:


Upcoming events:
World Forum on Music (Southbank, Brisbane): 23-24 November 2013
I’ll be at the 5th World Forum on Music at Southbank in the Cultural Forecourt on Saturday 23-24 November with my stall. Come and have a jam – and join other musicians, producers, managers, administrators, festival directors, journalists, scholars, educators, facilitators, activists, policy makers and music lovers who will discuss, plan, perform and experience the future of music on this planet: http://worldforumonmusic.org/


Cigar box guitars on display

Cigar box guitars on display


Get Rooted – cigar box guitar festival – 1 December 10am to 6pm
Get Rooted – a cigar box guitar festival – will be on again at the Royal Mail in Goodna, Brisbane. Come and join other cigar box guitar enthusiasts for a day of music and workshops. Both Moondog Gypsy Blues Band and I will be performing and I’ll also be holding a ‘how-to-play’ cigar box guitar workshop.
My one hour workshop is an introduction to the slide cigar box guitar so bring along your 1, 3, 4 or 6 string instrument and join in the fun (fretted instruments are also welcome – just bring a slide). If you don’t have a cigar box guitar, there will be ones available to play on the day.
Topics covered include:
  • Jamming – learn to play a few songs
  • 12 bar blues
  • How to use a slide
  • How to tune your cbg
  • Tips on getting the best out of your cbg


Woodford Folk Festival
I’ll be at Woodford again this year from 27 December to 1 January with my cigar box guitars. It’s an amazing festival and I can’t wait to be part of it again!


Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford Folk Festival


Learn Cigar box guitar
Pat Curley has done some great work on his website – http://www.learncigarboxguitar.com/ – check it out. There’s some awesome packages to get you playing your cigar box guitar in no time at all.

The last couple of weeks have been an adventure. Mid-August, I headed up to Yeppoon, which is about an 8 hour drive up the east coast of Australia from Brisbane, for the Village Festival. Yeppoon’s only a small place but the characters were BIG! And the music was great. Because it is a smaller festival, I got to meet a few of artists who popped in to say hi and have a go at the cigar box guitar – like Goat Boy from the Hill Billy Goats.

Goat Boy from the Hill Billy Goats

Goat Boy from the Hill Billy Goats

At Yeppoon Village Festival

At Yeppoon Village Festival

the stall

the stall

market street at the Village Festival

market street at the Village Festival


It’s coming up to the end of Winter here and the days have been pretty much perfect. Here’s two photos of the beach at Yeppoon, which pretty much sums it up.

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While at Yeppoon, I had a journalist interview me about cigar box guitars. Here’s the result:


After the Village Festival, I headed back down to the Amamoor State Forest just south of Gympie for the infamous Gympie Muster. People converge on this beautiful forest weeks in advance of the Muster to get their spot, set up camp (and bars!) and get ready for the music. This is my third time at the Muster and I have to say it only gets better. Traditionally, a country music festival, it now has lots of blues/roots and rock artists coming from all over. And despite freezing temperatures, the punters (and me) were out in force to watch them. Particularly liked Mental As Anything, Don Walker and Billy TK Junior and Groove Shakers. It was also great to see Damien Lovelock there with Torn and Frayed celebrating the roots of country rock.

Some photos from the Gympie Muster:

The stall at dusk

The stall at dusk

Catfish Voodoo

Catfish Voodoo

Billy TK Junior

Billy TK Junior

Billy TK Junior and the Groove Shakers - awesome band

Billy TK Junior and the Groove Shakers – awesome band

Don Walker

Don Walker

With Johnny Cash

With Johnny Cash


Now, back home in Brisbane and building time again. The next festival is the Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Festival on 20-22 September in the Noosa hinterland about 2 hours north of Brisbane on a private 90 acre property. It’s in its second year and looks set to really be amazing with artists like Dallas Frasca, Devil’s Kiosk and Mojo Webb. Check out its website: http://www.mitchellcreekrocknbluesfest.com.au/

A week later, we’re packing up the van again and heading down the east coast of Australia to the Great Southern Blues Festival in Narooma (4-6 October) about 5 hours south of Sydney – where Chris Cain, the Holmes Brothers, the Backsliders and Two Rivers Blues will be performing along with many more stellar acts. We plan on having some stops on the way down, including at Yamba and the Gong. http://www.bluesfestival.tv/

Another cigar box guitar event coming up is the ‘Get Rooted’ event on 14 September at the Royal Mail at Goodna:

I’ll be playing a short set on the busking stage. They’ll be great music with Two Rivers Blues and The Blue Skillet Rovers. Should be a great day at a great Pub.


How-to-play cigar box guitar DVD

I’m working on a ‘how-to-play cigar box guitar’ DVD – well, I’ve started thinking about it and have friends who are filmmakers who are ready to go when I am. I’ll keep you updated on its progress. Meanwhile, check out my youtube channel for some ‘how-to-play cigar box guitar’ clips.

Winter sale until 14 July 2013

Here are some of my guitars that are currently on sale until 14 July 2013. The sale price includes postage, a slide and a CD. Check out my website for more info or drop me an email: http://cigarboxguitarsaustralia.com/

‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash‘ with humbucker pickup, sink strainer resonator and Tasmanian Blackwood neck. Sale price: $450:

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‘Honey Waite’ – 2 string slide cigar box guitar bass with mini humbucker pickup, Wenge (African rosewood) and Tasmanian Oak neck. Sale price: $500.

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‘Spoonful’ 3 string slide cigar box guitar with Bill Lawrence dual rail humbucker pickup and Tasmanian Blackwood neck. Sale price: $500.

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‘Jimmy Jazz’ 3 string slide cigar box guitar. Sale price: $382.50:


‘Crossroads’ – sale price $427.50:


‘Jimi’ – sale price $562.50:


‘Little Red Rooster’ with Humbucker pick up and original Rolling Stones Decca 45. Sale price: $540
'Little Red Rooster' with Humbucker pick up and original Rolling Stones Decca 45

Reunion of the Mudfrogs

Caught up with my old band mates from the Mudfrogs a few weeks ago for a reunion gig. Great fun! I got out my cigar box guitar on a few songs and it went down a treat. To hear some of the songs of the night check out http://www.youtube.com/TheBootlegger007.








Winter special

We’re having a winter special on all our cigar box guitars until 14 July 2013 – a 10% discount with a free slide and CD. Check out the product page of the website (http://cigarboxguitarsaustralia.com/) or drop me a line and I can make one to your specifications: nigel@cigarboxguitarsaustralia.com. Grab this opportunity now to have your own CBG!

Blues on Broadbeach and Cooly Rocks On

Had the pleasure of being at both Blues on Broadbeach and Cooly Rocks On events over the past month. Great music, cars and even more music!

Here’s a few photos…

Blues on Broadbeach – on the Gold Coast, Queensland



Juzzie Smith with a McTrustry cigar box guitar




Cooly Rocks On at Coolangatta on the Gold Coast, Queensland – 50s and 60s nostalgia – music and cars!








Gig – Wollongong, New South Wales

The McTrustry Cigar Box Guitar Explosion will be performing alongside my old band, The Mudfrogs, and Supa Mojo, on Saturday, 29 June 2013 at the Corrimal RSL from 8pm to 11.30pm. If you are down that way, come along!

Blues on Broadbeach

This weekend sees Blues on Broadbeach return to the Gold Coast. Blues music from 23 – 26 May in a number of venues around Broadbeach – all for free. For information, check out: http://www.bluesonbroadbeach.com/

I’ll be at the market during the day (Sat & Sun} and checking out the amazing artists by night. The market is held in Kurrawa Park on the beachfront opposite the Oasis Shopping centre.

Stop by and say hi.

I will be there with Paddy Curley from http://www.learncigarboxguitar.com/

How to play your cigar box guitar videos

I’ve put some new ‘how-to-play- videos on my videos page of this website and on my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBootlegger007

New cigar box guitars

I’ve been getting ready for some upcoming festivals. Here’s a couple of my latest cigar box guitars.

'Back in Black' cigar box guitar with Humbucker pick up and African Rosewood (Wenge) neck

‘Back in Black’ with Humbucker and African Rosewood (Wenge) neck.

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'Little Red Rooster' with Humbucker pick up and original Rolling Stones Decca 45

‘Little Red Rooster’ with Humbucker pick up and original Rolling Stones Decca 45



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