Cigar Box Blues

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.

 This film reveals how just three chords, played on their unique, DIY, instruments, hand-made from recycled materials, connect them to their truth.


BBC 4, 19 December 2020, 2.50am

BBC 4, 18 December 2020, 7.30pm

BBC 1, 16 December 2019, 7.30pm

Watch the trailer