Show Starts: 2pm

The Cigar Box Guitar revolution has been gathering momentum with an increase in cigar box guitar builders and performers. The current revival can be attributed to many musicians’ desire for a more primal sound. Blues guitarists, in particular, have picked up the cigar box guitar in an attempt to play Delta Blues in its purest form.

Besides a long list of influential Bluesmen and Rock and Roll Pioneers who started off on these wonderful instruments, there is a growing popularity in their use by modern musicians – including Billy Gibbons, Samantha Fish, as well as traditionalists more in the vein of Seasick Steve.

Festival Director Steve Plater, is a multi award winning player of stringed instruments, has been building, perfecting, and playing Cigar Box Guitars for two decades or so with many of his instruments proudly owned and played by Cigar Box Guitar lovers.

The first Cigar Box Guitar festival here in Australia was held at Yakandandah Victoria in November 2017 in which Steve participated in, prompted his goal to organise his own Cigar Box Guitar festival which was successfully held at Hepburn Springs Hotel Victoria.

This year Steve approached The Cabaret Club situated in the heart of the Gold rush Mini Golf Course. Its is the perfect venue for a festival and is on the grounds of The Amazing Ballarat Mill Markets.
The festival is child friendly and free entry up to the age of 12.
The venue will also be running an offer with the Colonial Inn next door which will give festival ticket holders a discount when booking accommodation.

The festival will have on board, Cigar Box Guitar builders Stalls and a workshop hosted by Steve Plater.
Also there will be two open mic sessions!

We have another super lineup this year consisting of eight returning acts from 2018 Festival, some travelling from interstate!

THE FESTIVAL LINE UP:
SATURDAY 30 MARCH –
FIONA BOYES, ANNA SCIONTI,
STEVE P & THE THREE STRINGS,
JO JO RAINWATER, STRINGY & MOLLY

SUNDAY 31 MARCH –
RHIANNON SIMPSON, HGT,
STEVE P & THE 3 STRINGS,
ANNA SCIONTI, SUEDAN.

FESTIVAL ENTRY:

Saturday Only ~ $35 

Saturday & Sunday ~ $50 

Sunday Only ~ $20 

Children under 12yrs ~ Free 

Steve Plater Workshop Fee ~ $15 Sunday – 11am – 12pm (pay on the day)

Tickets available from ballarattickets.com.au

FESTIVAL START TIME:

Saturday ~ 2pm – 11pm

Sunday ~ 11am – 6pm

Open Mic Saturday ~ 2pm – 4pm

Open Mic Sunday  ~ 12 – 2pm

IF YOU WISH TO HOLD A STALL YOU MUST CALL AHEAD ON 0408 549287 TO ARRANGE YOUR SPOT: 

Stall Holders Fee (pay on the day):

Saturday Only ~ $35 

Saturday & Sunday ~ $50

Sunday Only ~ $20p

FOR OUT OF TOWN VISITORS:

The Ballarat Colonial Inn (next door to the venue) are offering this great deal for Festival Ticket Holders who require accomodation.

You must book direct through reception by calling 03 53347788 and quote your ticket booking ID number.

Stay one night and receive 10% off room rate 

Stay two nights and receive 15% off room rate

Stay 3 plus nights and receive 20% off room rate