Three Chords and the Truth


The passionate advocates of the ‘Cigar Box Guitar Revolution’, reveal how just three chords, played on their unique, DIY, instruments, hand-made from recycled materials, connect them to their truth.

Many of these musicians are from post-industrial English towns, and create a self-identity through making these three-stringed guitars. Born from the Blues in the Mississippi Delta, the simplicity, low cost, ‘no rules’ approach means that anyone can try their hand. The emotional connection they feel for their instruments creates a unique and evocative sound that totally transports musicians and audiences alike.

Director: Virginia Heath
Writer: Paul Atkinson
DOP and Editor: Scott Dulson
Producer: Grant Keir