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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Danish Harp Guitar Discoveries

I was fortunate a few months ago to have inspired one of my readers enough for them to tackle a new research project and author an article for us.  He is Thomas Nielsen of Denmark, and his piece is a rare English language look at Danish guitarist Soffren Degen, our current Harpguitars.net Player of the […]

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NAMM 2017

Once again I studiously avoided trying to go to NAMM this year, that insane musical zoo in Anaheim…but there were many people I wanted to meet, some for the first time. There were even a few surprises!  By sheer luck, the one day I could make it (yesterday) was the single dry day during an […]

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HGG14: Sunday Workshops, Recital and Wrap-up

After Saturday night’s concert, the party back at the hotel lasted well into the wee hours.  I don’t remember going to bed or getting up – I only remember inexplicably finding myself at the crack of dawn attempting to give a 90 minute workshop. We had 4 workshops planned this year, but Stacy Hobbs had […]

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HGG14: Saturday Night Concert and Jams

Hope everyone’s holidays were festive, fun, healthy and safe. I left off my 14th Harp Guitar Gathering report with Andy Wahlberg’s segment on Saturday afternoon. After dinner, players started to re-congregate: CHGP Chuck Thompson, who took most of the photos in these blogs.  That’s his friend’s “Nashville Harp Guitar.” Joe Giacoio has been to many […]

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Happy Harp Guitar New Year!

Vintage postcard courtesy of Michael John Simmons: “Happy New Year!” from Estonia (yes, I know the weirdo kid is fretting the wrong neck, but it’s the thought that counts). Prediction: 2017 will be a huge year for the harp guitar.

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