The Shane Speal Newsletter:  Shane films new documentary on the World's Loudest Acoustic Concert + TOUR DATES for the next three weeks

Weird Musical Instruments: An Appreciation

Ever since I built my first cigar box guitar in 1993, I've searched out other strange musical instruments.  Sometimes they're things that were never intended to play songs such as a washtub or a washboard.  One good example of this is the 100 year old steam whistle in York PA that plays Christmas carols at 134 decibels.

I've been given the opportunity to film a one-hour documentary on the Factory Steam Whistle Concert, an event that has happened at 12:15am every Christmas morning in my hometown city of York PA.   Guiness Book of World Records declares it "The World's Loudest Music Without Amplification by a Non-Musical Instrument" and the concert can be heard 12 miles away.  The sound is eerie, like Christmas at a prison break.  It's also one of the most fascinating things I've ever heard.  Here's a Youtube video filmed by someone on the street.  People pull to the side of the road in their cars, listen and honk as applause.

I'm not raising money for this project and I have no Kickstarter.  The documentary is being financed and filmed by York PA's community access TV station, WRCT.  I simply want to invite you to the film's Facebook page so you can keep up-to-date on our filming and news.  This stuff is just fascinating to me.  I want to take you on the journey.

Next up...we're bringing the show to you:

(Presented by and

Thu. Oct 30 - FREDERICK MD - Cafe Nola 9:30pm   info
Fri.  Oct 31 - CAMP HILL/HARRISBURG PA - Gullifty's  9:30pm  info
Sat. Nov 1 - SKI ROUNDTOP, Lewisberry PA - 2-4pm  info

Thu. Nov 6 - WASHINGTON DC - Gypsy Sally's 8:30pm  info
              (w/The Dirty River Boys)
Fri.  Nov 7 - ALTOONA PA - McGarvey's (a.k.a. Aldos) 9:30pm info
Sat. Nov 8 - PHILADELPHIA - Kung Fu Necktie  8pm  info
              (w/The Bloodshots & Black Flamingo)

Sat. Nov 15 - IUP Indiana University of PA  7pm... details coming soon!

Well, that's about it around here.  I'm spending the day restringing all my instruments for the tour. I've just been sent some top-secret guitar strings by Southbound Strings.  We're gonna try 'em out! 

Come out and see the shows! 
And stay primal,
Shane Speal

Electric cigar box guitar loaded with a fat & creamy P90 pickup.

I introduced "The Speal" electric cigar box guitar two weeks ago and immediately sold out.  This new version has a few improvements such as a dark oak fretboard with brass fret markers, brass corners and a gorgeous Arturo Fuente Box.

Click the pic to see the demo video I just filmed.  I'm not sure why, but this new version has a really "Chicago smooth" tone to it...very uptown slide guitar sounds.  I'm in love with it.

"The Speal"
3-string Electric Cigar Box Guitar


Shane Speal Newsletter is sponsored by C. B. Gitty Crafter Supply, the cigar box guitar parts superstore.


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