David Blanchard
String instruments

Festival: 2018

In the remote farming communities of the Appalachian Mountains of the U.S.A. in the 19th century there was a great tradition of homemade music and instrument making. Cigar box fiddles, tin can banjos, gourd dulcimers, mandolins made from old cheese boxes, anything readily available was utilised.

Taking inspiration from these early examples, I make guitars, banjos, ukuleles and other string instruments from vintage sweet and biscuit tins, petrol and oil cans and other metal containers, collectors items in their own right. Each one is unique, handmade, one at a time, in my cottage in Cromford, Derbyshire.

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