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Just a quick post to promote the imminent Stumblecol album launch party - happening this coming weekend. If you are in the Cambridge area and you want to catch some great live music then the place to be on Saturday night is the Earl of Beaconsfield pub in Mill road.

Stumblecol Album Launch   Cambridge 8th June 2013

You'll be able to purchase a copy of the new Stumblecol album - which is what the party is all about. And the first 50 lucky buyers will get a free badge and a couple of stickers. You can check out some of the excellent new tunes from Tom and Col over at Stumblecol.com.

The party night is definitely going to be a lot of fun as the excellent bemuzic and mighty Hollowbelly are on the bill. So there will be plenty of variety to the cigar box guitar sounds emanating from Mill Road on Saturday night.

Stumblecol are throwing a party to launch their latest album of unique tunes played, composed and recorded on home made cigar box guitars.
When: 
Where: Earl of Beaconsfield public house
Mill RoadCambridgeUK

Category: Party

My blog posts are a bit like buses in Britain. You see none for ages and then all of a sudden several turn up at the same time. It's all down to finally having a little spare time over the Christmas holidays.

I've been trying to find time to get to grips with this excellent Robert Belfour tune for some ages. I love Robert Belfour's songs and his style so I've taken one of my favourites and murdered it in this video.

You can see that I'm trying to play my Smokehouse Guitars six string CBG along with my Farmer Footdrums and adding a few stabs on the harmonica here and there. Timing is a bit wobbly but I really enjoyed knocking this one out.

 

 

I'm planning to sell off a bunch of my regular guitars and some of my cigar box guitars in the new year so I've gathered my cbgs together for a quick photoshoot.

My Cigar Box Guitar Collection 2012

Apologies for the poor quality photographs.

My Cigar Box Guitar Collection 2012In this corner, from the left, you can see my Smokehouse guitars six string that is hiding a self-built six string, edged with meccano. Next to that there is another six string with a single coil pickup and right in the corner there is my Wichita Sam four string licence plate guitar. Next to that is another six string, this one fitted with 3 single coil pickups and decorated with a custom paint finish kindly provided by my wife. Leaning on top of that is my one string diddley-bass that I made a while back. Behind that is an excellent 3 stringer made by Roosterman and to the right of that is a 3 stringer made by me, fitted with a Juju 3 string pickup.

My Cigar Box Guitar Collection 2012

In this picture, from the left, you can see the fantastic six-string bread box resonator made by Roosterman, using a cutlery box and a bread bin lid. In front of that is my custom Stumblecol four string made for me personally by Col. And behind that you can see my backporch mojo 5 string resonator, customised by me with a cool brass cone. Next to that is a 3 string Chickenbone John cbg, currently without any strings. And then there is a slightly better view of my Smokehouse Guitars six string, which is my current favourite.

My Cigar Box Guitar Collection 2012

On the left here is another of my 3 string cbgs from Chickenbone John, a very fine instrument indeed.

My Cigar Box Guitar Collection 2012

The image above presents the first CBG that I made, on the left. A very simple fretless 3 string with a piezzo pickup that cost less than £4 to make. Next to that is another of my home made CBGs, this one is a 3 string, fretted and fitted with a flat 3 string pickup. And next to that is another 3 stringer made by me, this time with another of Jujus excellent 3 string pickups. And next to that is the beast that got me into cigar box guitars back in 2007. Its a 3 stringer that was bought for me by my wife. It's a very simple, fretless design with a cool skunk stripe in the neck, intended to be played lap style. On the far right is my Daddy Mojo six stringer, which is an awesome instrument.

My Cigar Box Guitar Collection 2012

Here's a better view of my Daddy Mojo six string with the cool Chihuahua box label and right next to that is my fretless Shane Wagstaff 3 stringer which is another great instrument from a brilliant CBG builder. And tucked away in the corner is my Banjo Ant 3 string wine box guitar with all sorts of cool features made by the legend himself.

My Cigar Box Guitar Collection 2012

I've had a lot of enjoyment with these instruments but I don't get to play them all as much as I would like so I am planning to select a few and sell them, perhaps to make room for one or two new ones.

I shall be posting details of those I am planning to sell when I have made up my mind. My first priority is to sort out my regular guitar collection (they are in another room) and sell a few of those which I don't play. Details coming soon.

As promised - here is the second collection of bad photographs that I took at the recent Cambridge Cigar Box Guitar Festival, hosted by those hard-working StumbleCol good-guys, Col and Tom.

Yellowbelly Flat provided some fine entertainment with some very cool instruments and fine bit of Polka...
Here's SlowPaw Steve T's cool kick drum -

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Which he put to good use when he warmed up the afternoon...

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 Then the mighty AboynamedStu shifted a whole load of earwax with a performance of seismic proportions...

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Followed by the inimitable ChilliCoolKev providing some stonking, lowdown gravelly cigar box guitar blues...

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 He was followed by another duo - this time a bass-player and cigarbox guitar player in the form of the awesome LeadfootT. Some incredible fretboard work from Fingers on Bass and Leadfoot's vocals were totally awesome...

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 Then Brickdust delivered a fine solo performance, introducing a collection of outstanding new tunes and a demonstration of barefoot stomping...

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 Next up it was the chance for us to enjoy the wonderful talent that is bemusic.  Making great use of a few cool pedals bemusic introduced a whole arsenal of home-made instruments including her mesmerising canjo...

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 And then it was our privilege to enjoy some fine and proper delta blues delivered by the incredible Jeremiah Longshanks...

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 And then it was my turn to deliver a few of my own compositions along with a handful of covers...

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Then it was time for Britain's hardest working cigar box guitar outfit to do their thing. StumbleCol, dressed in their trademark black-and-white, really showed us all how it's done with a totally polished performance.

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 The night was rounded off with a well organised jam session featuring Steve T., bemusic, Brickdust and ChilliCool Kev. A great way to round off a wonderful day in Cambridge. Here's hoping there is another next year (or sooner....)

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Cambridge Cigar Box Guitar Festival Jam Session

 

 

Last Saturday (11th of August 2012) the very first Cambridge Cigar Box Guitar festival was held at the Earl of Beaconsfield public house in Mill Road, Cambridge. The event was organised and hosted by those hard-working cigar-box-guitar-toting all round good guys, Tom and Col from StumbleCol. Col's organisational skills are truly legendary. He'd thought of everything, which resulted in an excellent day that was enjoyed by everyone who stopped by. You can read Col's review and take a look at some video that he recorded on the StumbleCol Blog.

I snapped a few pics on my phone camera which aren't of the highest quality - but I thought they may be worth sharing. Here are some taken from the early part of the day:

Here's a snap of the boozer where it all happened. A great venue with some very friendly staff, plenty of room, an excellent back yard area and some enthusiastic patrons. What more could you ask?

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Early in the day Pete was sat out back demonstrating his kitchen-sink lap-steel guitar. A very fine instrument and an awesome player.

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Proceedings were warmed up with an open mic session during which Pete put his sink through its paces in a jam with Tom from StumbleCol. The StumbleCol boys did a little sound check and a warm up without their trademark white shirts and black waistcoats.

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First Cambridge Cigar Box Guitar Festival   in Pictures   Post #1

And out back there were plenty of great examples of fine cbg builds from StumbleCol, Roadkill and Bemusic along with CDs of the latest recordings from Slowpaw Steve, bemusic and StumbleCol. This was a lively area throughout the day with a number of locals and youngsters inspired to pick up and twang a cigar box guitar for the first time.

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 OK - I think that's enough for this post.

I shall be back with more images of the performers throughout the day.