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Chickenbone John

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Chickenbone John (real name John Wormald, born 23rd October 1955, in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK) is a UK musician and cigar box guitar maker.

Whilst studying architecture at Birmingham Polytechnic he was in a punk band called "The Surprises", who recorded a topical song "Jeremy Thorpe Is Innocent (We Know Who Did It)". The band sent the record to John Peel, and as this was during the period of the Jeremy Thorpe trial, the title track "A" side was not aired due to its political and legal sensitivity, but both tracks of the "B" side were broadcast: "Flying Attack" and "Little Sir Echo".

He started making cigar box guitars in 2005, selling them on eBay and at guitar shows in the north of England, and then developed his own website to market his guitars. He continued to do this alongside running his own architectural practice, but gradually as the guitar making became more profitable, he focussed full time on guitar making and music.

In 2009 he organised "Boxstock", the UK Cigar Box Guitar Festival in Birmingham, UK. The event has subsequently been run on several occasions, in 2010 (West Bromwich), 2011(West Bromwich), 2012 (Manchester), 2013 (Leicester), 2017 (Wolverhampton) and 2018 (Wolverhampton).


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