David Blanchard

Festival: 2022

In the remote farming communities of the Appalachian Mountains of the USA in the 19th century there was a great tradition of homemade music and instrument making. Cigar box guitars and 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 and other string instruments from vintage sweet and biscuit tins, oil and petrol cans and other metal containers, collectors items in their own right. Necks are made from salvaged table legs.
Each one is unique, handmade in my cottage in Cromford, Derbyshire.

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