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It’s not every day that you get to talk to a cigar box guitar maker so I felt privileged having the opportunity to chat to Keith Nicholson. I was introduced to Keith by Mark Bishop who featured in episode 16 and it is Mark playing an original composition on Keith’s cigar box resonator as the opener to this episode.
Keith Nicholson is as he says, “A jack of all trades but master of none”, but after talking to Keith and seeing his work, I beg to differ. As a cigar box guitar maker he is indeed a master of his craft. This is an amazing musical art form which specialises in creating beautiful musical instruments, mostly from recycled parts. You can see some of his instruments in the Gallery below from pictures that Keith sent over .
All this from a man who “can not play a note” as he says. His love of blues music however, shines through all of the wonderful instruments he creates.
I hope you enjoy hearing Keith’s story as much as I did. I also discovered a whole new world of music, musicians, and craftsmen in researching the links below from comments made by Keith during the conversation.
- Keith’s CB fiddle in action
- CBG Facebook group
- C B Gitty website
- Justin Johnson website
- Justin Johnson on shovel guitar
- Shane Speal website
- Shane Soall shop Facebook page
- Maple Grove (Richard Keegan) Facebook page
- Devil Guitars (Bruce Trappes) Facebook page
- Valve Heaven (Grant Wills) website
- Chris O music on Soundcloud
- Queen Porter Stomp website
- Havana Hannah by Queen Porter Stomp
- Jasmine Beth website
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