The story so far…

First cigar box guitar

Moonshine Coyote’s journey began in 2016 when Jiff decided to make a cigar box guitar.


Being very handy with creative engineering, it turned out better than expected.


Having renewed a love for the blues his thoughts soon turned to playing it.



About the same time, Lee, who was the drummer in the funk rock band that Jiff was in 22 years ago (Fungus Mungus), had just started playing again after a long break.


Jiff centre and Lee 2nd from left, back in the Fungus days

Coincidentally, Lee had just purchased a cajon and Jiff thought this would fit perfectly with the blues, cigar box guitar style and so Moonshine Coyote was born…

At one of their early performances, Ken, a well-travelled authentic American from North Carolina, new to the local music scene, heard them play the sounds of home and was keen to return to his roots. A blues player for many years, his bass guitar added a depth to the sound the pair were looking for and Moonshine Coyote evolved to a trio.

In between rehearsals and work, Jiff continues to build cigar box guitars and Moonshine style amplifiers. This early success fuelled his ambition and he designed and built a cigar box bass guitar, which Ken fell in love with – he thoroughly enjoys playing it and the tone blends perfectly with the Moonshine Coyote sound. Jiff is still creating new instruments and we can’t wait to hear what comes next….


Jiff, with a selection of guitars and amplifiers he has designed and built

Jiff, Lee and Ken continue to rehearse at Fairycroft House Arts and Media Centre, based in Saffron Walden, the bands spiritual home. They have also enjoyed playing and performing locally with various musicians, with well received reception.

Moonshine Coyote’s style continues to evolve, as well as appreciating traditional blues they’ve added more americana style pieces developing their own unique sound and style.

In 2019 Moonshine Coyote joined forces with Martin, an exceptional guitar player with a passion for custom built instruments. Martin introduced a lap steel guitar into the mix which further enhances the distinctive style. Three now became four.

2021 saw the band writing its own material and returning to the stage when the Covid-19 pandemic allowed… including the Saffron Walden Fête de la Musique, Big Day Out and Dance in the Square.

December 2021 saw the band move into the studio to start work on their debut release.

2022 saw the band take part in multiple Jubilee celebrations, warm up for Toploader at the Saffron Walden 8 Day Weekend Carnival and continue writing and recording.

As we head into 2023 work is complete on a four song EP entitled “Waitin’ on That Train”, scheduled for release on 4 February, 2023



Photos by the band’s good friend Martin Porter of Marts Arts Photography

Additional photography by AH

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