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There are a couple of completely free Cigar Box Guitar events taking place over the next couple of months that are really worth a look.

Firstly there is is the second Elstead Barrelhouse Beer & CBG Festival on the 23rd of August. Last year's event was a lot of fun with plenty of beer and CBG mayhem.

barrelhouse beer and cbg festival

BarrelHouse - Beer & CBG Festival

This year promises to be even more memorable with 12 hours of live music from a staggering line up of cigar box guitar twanging hoodlums - along with plenty more beer. And there is even the opportunity to make your own cigar box guitar, guided by the legend who goes by the name of Chickenbone John.

Barrelhouse 2014 Line Up

Barrelhouse 2014 - Lineup

Barrelhouse all dayer

Barrelhouse Midday to Midnight

Then in September there is the 3rd Cambridge Cigar Box Guitar festival at the friendly and welcoming Earl of Beaconsfield public house on Mill Road in Cambridge. Organised by our very own Col of StumbleCol fame this one promises to be as memorable as the last. It all kicks off at 2pm on the 20th of September and promises to be a day of diverse musical delights from an exciting line up of cigar box guitar toting nutters.

3rd Cambridge Cigar Box Guitar Festival

3rd Cambridge Cigar Box Guitar Festival

Here's the current line up for Cambridge:

Strolling Tone
Soul Catcher
Chilli Cool Kev
Flatfoot Johnny
Joe Cribb

If you like real music played by real people on real instruments then these are events that you really don't want to miss. And did I mention that they are both FREE!

See you there ūüėČ

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 live in Cambridge

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

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.
Where: Earl of Beaconsfield public house
Mill Road, Cambridge, UK

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.



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 -

SlowPaw Steve T's cool kickdrum.

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

Slowpaw Steve T.

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


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


 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...

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

 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...

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

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

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.

 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....)

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?

First Cigar Box Guitar Festival - Earl of Beaconsfield Pub

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

First Cambridge Cigar Box Guitar Festival - Pete and the Kitchen Sink Lapsteel

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.

StumbleCol Warmup in a Vest

StumbleCol Warmup

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.

StumbleCol CBGs for sale at the Cambridge Cigar Box Guitar Festival

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

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