Some years ago whilst pretending to be a ‘Grey Nomad’ roaming the length and breadth of our great country, I happened to call into a little town in country Victoria called Yackandandah. I there found a tiny shop known as the Oz Blues and Roots Music Store Cigar Box Guitar Emporium run by Shayne Soall.

The shop is filled with cigar box guitars all handmade by Shayne. He was just about to close for the day and suggested I come back in the morning and discuss my intended purchase over morning caffeine!

I went back the next day and over a lengthy breakfast and copious mugs of coffee we discussed the allure and history of cigar box guitars, their making and playing the blues.

After a few hours I suggested he open the shop and allow me to view and select one of his instruments to purchase. He very politely told me to bugger off and build my own!

That is what the Cigar Box Guitar Revolution is all about. The rest is history.