Trevor’s cigar box making Blues cool

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One of Sunderland’s most well-respected blues musicians will be entertaining the crowds at Durham Blues Festival this weekend.

Trevor Sewell, from Millfield, will take to the stage at Gala Theatre Durham on Sunday, as part of the annual event, which runs from 3pm, rubbing shoulders with festival headliners including John Lee Hooker Jnr and Dr Feelgood.

It’s one in a number of festivals for Trevor this year, including headlining appearances in Austria and Norway.

The Trevor Sewell band also have a new single, The Train, due for release on July 6, which they will be launching with a special live set at HMV in Newcastle on the same day at 4pm.

Trevor was featured on Paul Young’s show on Radio 2 this week talking about the track which features an unusual instrument.

He said: “It’s great the way a lot of the Blues stations have got behind the single, which has always been one of our most popular live tracks, as it features the four string cigar box guitar and slide. “The guitar itself is actually made from a real cigar box and custom built by instrument maker Chickenbone John .

“I currently have another one on order from him, this time a six-string resonator, which he is making from an oil can, but as John likes to take his time over building instruments I’m not really sure when I will finally get my hands on it, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.”

* The Train will be available on general release from iTunes, Amazon and other outlets from July 6.