Gimme a T(ea) for the Captn, a T for Tennessee-The Boxstock Festival in the UK

Well, it was time, getting the European CBG Festival season 2017 started , the opening festival was the Boxstock Festival in Wolverhampton in the UK.
I had lots of good reasons to join that event, Chickenbone John, organizer of the festival gave Nicole and me the chance to fill a slot in the evening show, we were able to meet old friend and found new ones in the CBG scene and last but not least, getting me some British Breakfast Tea.(The taste of german tea is like drinking beer outside of Germany, most of you know what I am talking about )


Chickenbone John already knew, that I ran out of tea, so on the posters he left out one T in Captn Catfish, to remind me on every corner in Wolverhampton to get me some.
After a short flight and one hour on the road to Wolverhampton , I wanted to check my guitars and the Stombox, because that was the first time, I was travelling with them by plane. After opening my bag, I found a letter inside, written by the security agency, that everything was already checked and everything was Ok and not harmful. I am sure the guys, who checked the baggage, never has seen a Licenseplate Guitar and and a Stompbox before in their training on the screen. So, after everything was OK, it was time to have a party.


Saturday, 25th, the day of the show, started very british- with rain and a perfect full british Breakfast, in a Pub not far away from the Slade rooms. The venue of the Festival was named after the British Glam Rock Band from Wolverhampton.


At 11 o`clock the place was already filled by a couple of traders, guests and about 20 people, who wanted to build a Cigarboxguitar at Chickenbone Johns workshop.

5 hours later all participants own their fine Cigarbox Guitar and we got ready to prepare the show and the soundcheck.


Captn Catfish and Mrs. Nicky opened the Boxstock-Festival in the filled Slade Rooms, playing a Southern Rock- Country set for half an hour.

At this point we want to say a Big Thankyou to the audience for the warm welcome, to Chickenbone John for inviting us and to Chris, the soundman, who did a great job the whole night.


The Chickenbone Blues Band followed up,with a fantastic Bluesset, played by experienced Bluesmen. Not much rest for John, at the one hand he organized the festival with the workshop and additionally he ran a stand for his business at the Guitar Show in Birmingham for the weekend. My respect to get all that done in a professional way.


Then the Dusk Brothers from Bristol entered the stage and entertained the audience with their blues fueled swamp music played on their CBG`s assisted by their sonorous voices and their handmade stomboxes and foot operated cymbals.


Headliner of the evening was Hollowbelly with his great One man Punk Blues show, crowning this great CBG-Festival.
we spent a great time in the UK, thank you all for coming and joining that weekend with us, I finally got my T(ea) , hope to meet you maybe again at another festival in Europe:
The Delta Calluna, the Dutch Festival in August, the Smokin`Guitars in September in Germany or the B.S.A Festival in France.
Captn Catfish & Mrs. Nicky

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Comment by ChickenboneJohn on March 9, 2017 at 12:38am

Good Job...looking forward to being back in Germany before too long.

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