Profile Type: Artist
David Reed & Tamboura Productions

Q: Where do you find an easy breezy Caribe-style folkrockin' band (complete with guitar, banjo, saxophone, keyboards, drums, a whole lotta percussion including homemade rattlecaps & a conch shell!) for your wedding or patio party? Or, a passionate guitar/banjo and percussion-driven electracoustic world-beat fusion duo with a BIG sound? Or, a solo country-blues infused finger-picking multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter who serves up a musical smorgasbord spanning three centuries with a collection of homemade cigar box guitars and a suitcase drum? Or, a rootsy, gutsy, rafter-raisin' blues trio featuring inspired vocals cruisin' along with homemade cigar box guitars, electric bass and drums? A: Simply take a peek under the Tamboura Productions/Dry Ducks Records umbrella! Since 1988, Tamboura Productions has been home to Caribe-vibe folkrockers Tamboura, the electracoustic duo The Venerable TuTus, the eclectic, slightly over-the-top Trio Traumatica, blues boys the Box Elders, and guitar-slinger/songwriter/cigar box guitar maker, David Reed. David Reed is the founder and focal point of Tamboura Productions. He holds a B.Mus.Ed from the Hartt College of Music and an MA in psychology from Antioch NE Graduate School and was a founding member of New England's preeminent jam-band, Max Creek. He has taught in both public and private schools, consulted with schools, hospitals and businesses, and he has been the sole proprietor of Tamboura Productions since 1989. David is humbled and appreciative of the many fine musicians that have been - and many still are - affiliated with Tamboura Productions, including Sam Earnshaw, Mark Tuomenoksa, Mary Knysh, Dan Broad, Terry Hall, Charlie Tokarz, Steve Ide, Zack Zanecchia, John Suters, John Haddad, Scott McKenney and Conor Meehan. Several of these Tamboura Productions artists have participated in residencies and performances throughout the US, England, Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria and the West Indies. Our fees, dependent upon length of performance, distance traveled and necessity of accommodations, typically begin at around $200.00 and can range up to $3000.00 depending upon size of the requested ensemble. Yet, everything's negotiable! May we come play for you?

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The Home of Caribe-vibe, Folkrockin' Reggae and Cigar Box Blues!

I Have Worked With

  • July 2015

    David Reed and TuTu Much were booked by the MA Trustees of the Reservation to play four "Naumkeag at Night" sunset concerts at the Naumkeag estated in Stockbridge, MA over the Summer/Fall of 2015.  This is the fifth consecutive year a Tamboura Productions artist has been hired by the MA Trustees to play at Naumkeag (Stockbridge) and The Col. Ashley House (Ashley Falls).

  • March 2015

    David Reed, his music and his handcrafted instruments were the featured cover story for Western Massachusetts' leading artzine, The Artful Mind.  Photos by Sabine von Falken and interview by Harryet Candee took place in David's home studio at The Treehouse in Gt. Barrington, MA just before he headed out for a 9 week music tour of the Virgin Islands.

  • December 2013

    David Reed was booked at Dewey Hall (The Sheffield MA Friendly Union) for a performance of original and classic blues music mostly played upon Reed's handmade cigar box guitars (Drunk Bay Cigar Box Guitars).  He was joined by three other TamPro musicians - Sam Earnshaw, Mary Knysh and Rich Hommel - on an assortment of Reed's other homemade instruments: cookie tin banjo, silver service box bass, wooden cajon and RattleKap shakers.  The performance was funded by the MCC.


  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
Musician, Sole Proprietor of Tamboura Productions and builder of Drunk Bay Cigar Box Guitars
Physical Address: 
Sheffield, MA 01257
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Music - Band
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Band
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Folk
Music - Jazz
Music - New
Music - Pop / Rock
Music - Solo / Recital
Music - Traditional
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
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Populations Served: 
General Public
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading
Residency - In School
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-State Region

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Sound/Lights appropriate for the venue’s size/location. Solo: 3 mics/stands; 1 DI
Fee Range Minimum: 
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State of Residence: 
Minimum Number of Performers: 
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Ages Served: 
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
M. Mus.Ed. from Hartt College of Music, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
MA in Counseling Psychology, Antioch New England
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