Wrap up from Woodford Folk Festival

Finally recovered from a busy Christmas/New Year’s period and have made some new videos for the cigar box guitar. Woodford Folk Festival in the last week of December was outstanding once again. The music, the acts, the vibe are always fantastic. It has that village feel but the world comes to you.

I played down at Bluestown one hot morning. The three plus one (bass) string CBG played through two separate amps had a huge sound and went down a treat.

Matt Elliott on washboard

Matt Elliott on washboard

I also had the privilege of meeting a number of musicians from around the world. Christine Salem from Reunion Island came in and fell in love with this CBG.

Christine Salem with her sound man

Christine Salem with her sound man


Darren Middleton of Powderfinger fame (and other great stuff!) with ‘Twin tone’ CBG.

Darren Middleton of Powderfinger fame (and other great stuff!) with ‘Twin tone’ CBG.

Cigar Box Guitar Australia stall at Woodford Folk Festival

Cigar Box Guitar Australia stall at Woodford Folk Festival

New how-to-play videos for the CBG

I’ve been busy with the video camera. Here are a couple of my latest how-to-play songs on the cigar box guitar. Hope you enjoy.

You Shook Me All Night Long – http://youtu.be/vy0Z92-ds2I?list=UUAXmz0dq0mIV-Ro6K3ssJyg

Honky Tonk Woman – http://youtu.be/P-f-JZZfQcE?list=UUAXmz0dq0mIV-Ro6K3ssJyg

To get access to all my latest how to play cigar box guitar videos, check out my Youtube channel.

The Guardian talks cigar box guitars at Womadelaide

I’d forgotten about meeting the English chap, Alfred Hickling, who made this video for England’s The Guardian. You see some CBG action just after a minute into the video. It reminds me how great Womadelaide was!

Here’s a link to the video: http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2014/mar/12/10-things-womadelaide-2014-womad-adelaide

Recycled Roots Festival

I’ll be performing at the Recycled Roots Festival in Bendigo on Saturday, 4 April. The line-up is fantastic so come along and join in the fun!

For more info, check out: https://www.facebook.com/recycledrootsfestival.

recycled poster

New cigar box guitar builds

Back in the workshop. Here are some of my latest cigar box guitars for sale.

 Cross4 stray2 crawl1 twin3


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McTrustry Cigar Box Guitars


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