A Diddleybow guitar making workshop with Eb ‘n’ Flo

Passion and knowledge and music is what Eb ‘n’ Flo are full of. Fleur Shelton and Paul Thorley teach the history of the blues to making and playing Diddleybows and Cigar box guitars and so much more to all ages and bring community together.

Last weekend they held a workhop at Belstack Strawberry Farm alongside the old cottage built in the 1800s. It was the perfect location for a group of people aged 15-82 to work side by side helping each other to and getting to know each other as they build a one string diddleybow, the perfect place to start. Using sardine cans, a piece of wood, tea strainers and other recycled materials the musical instrument was born. My son Jaiman has a huge love of music but only had bought musical instruments until now, but now he says he’d like to build his future ones – to use recycled materials and build. This is the same passion that others walked away with too after just a one day workshop.
Some of the other participants attended gigs over the weekend and loved them and so we joined Fleur and Paul on Sunday afternoon for more. Jaiman spent extra time soaking up as much information as he could and loved getting to know Fleur and Paul. We very much look forward to their return sometime in the future.

(If you scroll to the bottom of this post you will find a little you tube clip I found of Eb ‘n’ Flo to share with you so you can hear a little of their music)

Thank you to Dianne Caldwell for organising the workshop

New friendships were formed and a passion for making instruments was born, and his love of music was deepened even further

I found a little youtube clip of Eb and Flo to share with you

I love working with musicians quite simply because music is one of my most favourite things in my life. It keeps me going.
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  • Dianne Caldwell - Cingrats Liz, this is a great blog & coverage of the Diddleybow Workshop at Belstack Strawberry Farm. Can’t wait 4 the next 1 & the chance 2 work with u again. Your generosity to take photos was appreciated more than words can express. Cheers DiReplyCancel

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