• Saturday 9am Workshop: Nigel McTrustry
    February 17, 2018
    9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Sunday 9am Workshop: All Strings Attached
    February 18, 2018
    9:00 am - 10:00 am

The 2018 Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival is heading back to school, music school that is, with only fun in mind. The artists hosting this years unique and inspiring workshops are from two very diverse poles in music:

Saturday 9am Workshop: Nigel McTrustry

On Saturday morning, 17th February at 9am, Nigel McTrustry will run a 1 hour workshop on everything Cigar Box Guitar related. As a builder, teacher and performer, Nigel will talk about how to play a 3-string-slide, fretless cigar box guitar, share building and tuning tips, and his love of cigar box guitars.

This unique, fun instrument with a big sound and history steeped in the blues is experiencing a resurgence with the movement continuing to grow.

Nigel says: “They’re addictive to play and build, and the music is stripped back and raw. CBGs are a brilliant instrument for the complete beginner to advanced musos looking for a new sound on their palette. It’s about keeping it simple and not getting complicated. And, of course, I’ll show the ‘Smoke on the Water’ riff.”

Bring your own instrument (cigar box guitar or regular 6 string) and a slide. There will be a few of Nigel’s CBGs to try on the day also. The how-to-play part of the workshop will also be a great introduction to playing slide guitar. Be inspired to build your own instrument and join the cigar box guitar revolution!

Saturday 9-10am at Festival Grounds

Limited spaces.

Register to attend for $20.00.

Sunday 10 am Workshop: All Strings Attached

All Strings Attached will present on Sunday 18th February at 9am: Around the World on the Four Chord Express

Bring along your favourite instrument and let All Strings Attached lead you on a trip to several different musical worlds using only four chords. This workshop demonstrates the different musical styles of popular music through the ages from the swampy bluegrass bayou, all the way to the hills of Ireland and back to the white sand of Cuba.

All Strings Attached’s music draws together numerous unlikely folk music traditions and seamlessly weaves them together with punk, polka and progressive rock. The melting pot of influences that infuse their music can be stripped back to the roots, and at the essence is often based on simple chord structures that can be applied across a range of musical genres. The band will demonstrate a medley of popular songs all woven together and based on four common chords.

The workshop is highly interactive, with participants lead through a range of styles and the basic theory and playing technique that forms the unique and easily recognisable sound of a number of musical traditions.  With three professional music teachers in the band, this session is aimed at all levels of playing ability and can be applied to almost any instrument. Show us what ya got on Sunday 18th February, at 9 am with All Strings Attached.

Sunday 9-10am at Festival Grounds

Limited spaces.

Register to attend for $20.00.


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