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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Some Assembly Required

Yes, it’s Christmas morning, and in keeping with the nostalgia theme of Jaci’s and my annual holiday card, here’s a tribute to all the fathers (and less I sound too 2016 politically incorrect, a mother or two) who ever had to unfold those detailed yet inarticulate plans and actually try to assemble the attractive item […]

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Glad Tidings and Much Merriment for December, 2016

From our home to yours: For my friends and readers across the globe who celebrate the Holiday Season in all its many forms (and even those who do not), we chose the theme of our own childhood Christmas pasts for this year. For more on that subject, and the making of our annual card, you […]

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Alex Anderson Test Drives a Pellerin

In case you needed any more reason to come one of our Harp Guitar Gatherings (see Andy Wahlberg’s surprise award last issue), here’s a little inspirational tale of the kind of magic – and friendship and opportunity – that seems to routinely pop up at these events.  As so much goes on there, I wasn’t […]

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HGG14: Andy Wahlberg, Overachiever

After Stanley Alexandrowicz’s historical presentation, our last event of our action-packed Saturday line up for the 14th Harp Guitar Gathering was an old friend. Those of us who answered Stephen Bennett’s beacon call in 2003 to attend what would go down in history as the first annual Harp Guitar Gathering have fond memories of those […]

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HGG14: Stanley Alexandrowicz

By now I’m sure you can see just how much harp guitar we pack in at these Gatherings – and we’ve still a ways to go for HGG14, where we last finished up with some new luthier surprises. Ever since my first, long-winded (and still unfinished!) lecture on Chris Knutsen at the inaugural Harp Guitar […]

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HGG14: The Luthiers

Continuing the coverage of the 14th Harp Guitar Gathering… We wrapped up the long-awaited harp guitar debut of Don Ross, and began our Luthier Panel, something we have done every single year since HGG1.  We had two last-minute trip cancellations (Duane Noble and Max Monterosso) which gave us the opportunity to include some new faces. […]

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Manzarene Dreams

What a great sub-title for the latest repackaging of the 1927-29 78rpm recordings of the legendary gospel singer/fretless zitherist Washington Phillips. Readers may recall my report and analysis of the 2015 newspaper clipping discovery by reporter Michael Corcoran that revealed Phillip’s original instrument and its colorful name.  The new release by Dust to Digital (another […]

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