HGG15 Logo Contest Winners

I have to say that this was a lot of fun for me… …and 3 other readers.  Yes, in the 30 days of the worldwide public contest, we got exactly three submissions. And all 3 are winners – just for playing! Winner #1 is my brother, Mark with 15.55 points (no, we didn’t have a […]

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Do or Dyer: Archiving Harp Guitar History

A few months ago, The Harp Guitar Foundation was able to purchase a complete 1907/1908 W. J. Dyer & Bro. catalog (thank you, donors!).  Robert Carl Hartman (Bob, to his friends) and I worked out a plan for him to contribute and eventually own the original. The seller would not share much information on the […]

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Because Man Cannot Live On Harp Guitar Alone

Here’s something a little different that my harp guitar blog readers might find interesting: a new article I just published on my minermusic.com web site. Friends and constituents know that I’ve long been interested in every form of plucked stringed instrument, from the mundane to the spectacular. This particular instrument brings us the “mundane” – […]

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Our Harp Guitar Gathering Resort

We updated the hotel page with an additional clarification, as some couples may wish to book a room with one king-size bed.  Our rate for this room assumes 1 person and 1 breakfast voucher.  So tell the desk agent that you want to add an additional breakfast voucher.  The total daily room cost will thus […]

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The 15th Harp Guitar Gathering is Coming!

Full details are now posted and registration begins now! HGG15 Home Page This year’s features include: You absolutely, positively do not want to miss this one! And did I mention I’m guest curating a special 7-month public harp guitar exhibition at our venue, The Museum of Making Music?  It opens a week before our Gathering […]

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The HGG15 Logo Contest

The 15th Anniversary Harp Guitar Gathering is officially underway! First step: The proper logo. This year’s illustration (yes, our “logos” have grown way beyond that meaning!) was designed and executed by Sebastien Solignac.  He’s the graphic designer who’s done Stephen Bennett’s last couple CD covers and also Andy McKee’s home page moving illustration.  I loved […]

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Steampunk Stahl

Facebook friends and followers of Emerald Guitars, the Harp Guitar Group or Steampunk Stace (the artist formerly known as Hobbs) have recently been going gaga over the new custom Emerald harp guitar Alistair Hay created for SS, complete with working Steampunk gears (wonder how that’ll record?).  It is definitely a handsome and modern creation (see […]

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Tom Shinness Harp Guitar Memories

We were all shocked and unimaginably saddened to learn last month that Tom Shinness had passed away on February 17, 2017 after a short battle with cancer.  Friends and fans have been publicly grieving and sharing videos and thoughts on Facebook, and the family held a “Celebration of Life” service with memories and music on […]

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Donors and Password Update

Hello all, Just a heads up that I’ve updated the Foundation Donors page to update current Supporting donations (I was a year behind).  Meaning, the few remaining listed are still “active site members.”  Several dozen were moved to the Past Donors page, so aren’t privy to the new Members Section password (just now changed for […]

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Recent Harp Guitar Albums

I had originally titled this “CD Releases” and realized that it’s probably time to stop referencing “compact discs” – you know, those shiny round things in nice colorful plastic or cardboard packaging.  I still buy them (and yes, bought a couple of these to support the artists), as I usually only have time to listen […]

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