Music fans are already getting excited about The Samantha Fish Cigar Box Guitar Festival 2020. Rounder Records recording artist Samantha Fish and the New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival will present The Samantha Fish Cigar Box Guitar Festival 2020 Wednesday, January 15th through Saturday, the 18th. The event will be held in two different music venues in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Online sources report the four-day festival will be compered by two of New Orleans’ “best live music venues.” The Americana club, Chickie Wah Wah on Canal Street, will host the event on Wednesday and Thursday from 7 pm to 10:30 pm both nights. On Friday, January 17 and Saturday, January 18 The Howlin’ Wolf on St.Peters Street will play host performances from 2 pm to 11 pm.
Founded in 2016, The New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival, founded in 2016, has reportedly already garnered a reputation for offering audiences “outstanding entertainment.” Now Fish and The New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival have joined forces. In a recent email Collins Kirby, festival producer, elaborated:
“The partnership of Samantha Fish and the New Orleans Cigar Box Guitar Festival is a marriage made in roots music heaven. She’s a contemporary artist who’s fully in touch with the traditions that inform today’s music.” He adds: “We’re delighted to work with her spreading the word about the art and music of handmade instruments.”
The partnership will hopefully also lead to not only further promote the festival but also to better promote the use of the cigar box guitar. In a recent correspondence, Fish spoke of both the use of the instrument and the event itself.
Fish states: “I have included the Cigar Box guitar on a song or two on most of my albums including my last single ‘Bullet Proof’.” She notes: “The instrument may look limited but there are so many sounds and styles that we haven’t discovered yet.”
Fish says: “I am looking forward to making this [festival] one of the biggest events honoring the instrument as well as other acoustic instruments that can rock.”
The festival’s focus is not only on the music but also on the actual “cultural history” of the nigh famous cigar box guitar and other related musical instruments. Indeed, civil war soldiers, farmhands, poor buskers, western pioneers, and others previously devised ways to construct these impromptu instruments out of assorted ordinary household items. In fact, across the globe people are playing them in both live and recorded performances, thus, making these individualistic instruments and their unique sounds a near staple of the current Americana music scene.
The festival will include educational opportunities as well. There will be demonstrations, interviews, and workshops. It will also include some noteworthy homemade instrument artists. The roster of performers will include John Mooney, Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers), April Mae & the June Bugs, Sugarcane Jane, and New Orleans’ own Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles.
There will also be sets by Jonathon Long, John Nickel, Cash O’Riley, the Cigar Box Serenaders, Damon Fowler, Steve Arvey, Johnny Sansone, Waylon Thibodeaux, Amzie Adams Band Christopher Davis-Shannon, Grey Goat Collective and Too Sick Charlie. Fish and guests will be performing closing shows both Friday and Saturday night at The Howlin’ Wolf. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the New Orleans Blues Society. Further details and tickets can be purchased on the website.