Continuing along the lines of gourd instruments, this is quite entertaining:
Minnie rather reminds me of my own grandmother, Lavergne Goodman.
She used to make little creatures out of shells and walnuts. She was also a very good piano player and rather eccentric in a good way. When I was a boy she would mail packages to me filled with treasures, like pressed flowers and butterflies, lizard skeletons, bird’s nests, fossils, polished stones, stickers, cat skulls, beetles, old coins, postage stamps, and always a few Gospel tracts.
The burning question I have about this video: where do I get a hat like this guy?
Finally, this gentleman has now relaunched Minnie Black’s Gourd Band, rebuilding some of her old instruments and making them sing again: