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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
StumbleCol-Solo
Soul Catcher
Brickdust
bemuzic
Chilli Cool Kev
Slowpaw
Flatfoot Johnny
Joe Cribb
407bug

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

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...

aBoyNamedStu

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

ChilliCoolKev

 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