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Chickenbone John, ‘The Godfather of the Cigar Box Guitar’, has become a huge favourite at the festival in recent years, with highly successful workshop/concerts demonstrating how to make and play 3-string cigar box guitars. John, whose musical career began in a punk band, has been perfecting the art of creating guitars from cigar boxes, inspired by the thought that such great bluesmen as BB King and Lightnin’ Hopkins began with home-made instruments. In performance he is joined by his regular associate, Harmonica Dave or, on some gigs, Tony Stokes of the Red Lion Blues Band and the Crossroads Blues Club, in reviving the authentic sounds of early blues.


Catch Chickenbone John at the following performance(s):


Sun 18th July Hop Garden (with Harmonica Dave) 14:00
Tues 20th July Bulls Head Bishopgate Street (Cigarbox Guitar Workshop) 16:00
Thurs 22nd July The Night Owl (with Ricky Cool) 21:15
Fri 30th July O’Neills, Solihull (Solo) 21:00
Sat 31st July Birmingham Rag Market (with Harmonica Dave) 13:00
Sat 31st July The Wellington (with Harmonica Dave) 20:00