Cigar Box Blues: The Makers of a Revolution

P. ​​Atkinson, (Writer and Researcher), Virginia Heath (Director) Grant Kier (Producer) 
Cigar Box Blues: The Makers of a Revolution.
Documentary Film, 29mins, 2019.

We meet the passionate makers and players of cigar box guitars. Many of these craftsmen and musicians are from post-industrial British towns, and have created a self-identity through making these unique three-stringed guitars. Born from the blues, their simple, low cost, ‘no rules’ approach means anyone can try their hand.

Although the cigar box guitar has a long history in the USA, where it formed part of the culture of traditional blues music, it has only recently become popular with musicians in the UK. This film reveals how just three chords, played on their unique, DIY, instruments, hand-made from recycled materials, connect them to their truth.


BBC 1, 16 December 2019, 7.30pm

Watch the trailer