Some of the time my solo shows will be just me, my guitar and harmonicas, especially if space or set-up time is limited. However, most of my solo shows are "one-man-band" shows. Dave Harris, Canadian musician, busker & songwriter, and the author of "Head, Hands, & Feet - a Book of One Man Bands" defines a One Man Band as someone who simultaneously plays more than one instrument at a time.
My one-man-band shows involve singing while playing a stringed instrument such as guitar, resonator guitar, mandolin, ukulele or banjo as well as playing a harmonica while simultaneously playing a set of "footdrums." This creates a full sound much more like multiple musicians playing together.
The foot drums are a very interesting instrument invented and built by Pete Farmer of Farmer Musical Instruments. This unique instrument provides bass drum, snare drum, hi-hat, cymbal, shaker, tambourine and cowbell - all operated with a variety of foot pedals leaving my hands available for other instruments.
"We love the one-man-band thing..." - Kelli, Market Manager at the Middlebury Farmers Market