The Samantha Fish International Cigar Box Guitar Video Playoffs

Article Contributed by Doug Deutsch | Published on Monday, July 13, 2020

As a preliminary to next January’s second annual Samantha Fish Cigar Box Guitar Festival – New Orleans, the producers are rolling out a worldwide open call for musicians -- amateur or professional; solo, duo or group -- to participate in a contest based on video performances utilizing handmade stringed instruments: cigar box guitars, canjoes, pocket fiddles, washtub basses, diddley bows, etc., with cash prizes totaling $1,000.

The INTERNATIONAL CiGAR BOX GUITAR VIDEO PLAYOFFS is accepting submissions now through November 30.  Videos must be created in accordance with contest guidelines, and must be posted on YouTube for consideration. Essential entry details are available at

A combination of selection by an expert panel and voting by a viewing audience will determine the first, second, and third place winners, who will be announced on January 16 at the Festival. The contest also includes a Junior Champion award for participants 15 and under.

The cash prizes are being provided by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, the event’s primary sponsor.  Bonus prizes will also be awarded to each winner. The Second Annual Samantha Fish Cigar Box Guitar Festival – New Orleans takes place January 13- January 16, 2021.  Details will be regularly updated on the website.